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Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County PCA, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Humane Society Of Rochester And Monroe County for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. was founded in 1873. Since the 1950’s the Society has been known as Lollypop Farm, its name coming from the then popular Shirley Temple song – “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Lollypop Farm is committed to building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach programs and the prevention of cruelty. We envision a time when our community celebrates the human-animal bond; embraces the mutual benefits therein; and treats all fellow beings with care, compassion and respect.

Geographic areas served: Greater Rochester and five surrounding counties

Programs: As an open-admission animal shelter, lollypop farm accepts every animal who is brought to our facility; no animal is denied admission for any reason. Last year, over 8,400 animals from dogs and cats to rabbits, birds, horses, goats, pigs and more were surrendered or admitted to our shelter. While these animals are with us, our staff and volunteers strive to provide the highest quality care and enrichment. Our modern facility and meticulous standard operating procedures ensure cleanliness and minimize the spread of illness. Additionally, we provide high-quality food to all animals, while daily enrichment and training helps keep them mentally fit while in our care. To find permanent, loving homes for these pets, lollypop farm strives to provide an adoption experience that considers important details for finding the right fit for each adopter, such as a person's home, interests and lifestle. We then match those with an animal's social, exercise, and training needs. Our adoption counselors will work with prospective families to ensure happy, successful adoptions that last a lifetime.

our veterinary clinic evaluates and vaccinates all animals surrendered by their owners, seized from cruel or neglectful conditions or transferred from other animal welfare agencies. This important work is performed by a staff of three veterinarians, six veterinary technicians, and four veterinary assistants. Beyond basic care, animals are treated for common conditions and rare ones as well including skin problems, eye injuries, digestive issues, and lameness. Lollypop farm continues to combat pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering all dogs, cats and rabbits before adoption.

programs at lollypop farm help to address the issues in our community that contribute to pet overpopulation and the surrender of unwanted animals. Annually, lollypop farm reaches over 150,000 people in the community. S. N. I. P. (spay neuter incentive program) provides spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats of income-qualified pet owners in our veterinary clinic. The low-cost service for applicants enables affordable access to veterinary services, and encourages responsible pet ownership. The service also reduces the number of litters surrendered to the shelter. Through our pet assisted therapy (pat) program, volunteers and their trained therapy animals visit facilities around greater rochester. These registered volunteer teams brighten the days of residents of nursing homes, hospitals, children's centers, mental health facilities, and facilities that serve individuals with disabilities. In recognition of the integral role pets play in many of our lives, lollypop farm offers a pet loss support group monthly for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. The seniors-for-seniors program enables adopters sixty years of age or older to adopt dogs and cats six years of age or older by waiving the adoption fee. Lollypop farm is a proud partner in the pets for patriots program. This program is available to veterans, wounded warriors, and service members of all armed forces. To join, an individual must apply through pets for patriots at www. Petsforpatriots. Org. Once an individual is approved, they receive a membership id and may adopt a qualifying animal at lollypop farm for half the cost of the adoption fee. Lollypop farm's foster care program allows us to save pets who are more easily cared for in a home environment, including animals recovering from illness or injury, orphaned kittens and puppies, and cats and dogs with litters. Lollypop farm offers humane education for people of all ages, teaching people about respect, responsibility and compassion for pets and all living things through tours, scout badge programs, and school break and summer camps. Pet peeves, a completely free service for pet owners, offers advice and support to callers dealing with dog or cat behavior issues. The tips we provide for simple and more complicated pet problems help animals and their humans stay together. During puppy, basic, advanced, and agility classes, dog owners and their pets work together to become better partners. Training classes offer people and their pets a wonderful opportunity to improve their communication skills and prevent future behavior problems through positive, relationship-based methods. As one of the few humane societies nationwide that admits and adopts farm animals, lollypop farm is in a fortunate position to offer these animals a safe, caring environment while they await new homes, while also providing a unique experience to visitors. Each year, over 150,000 families take advantage of the farm yard petting area and walk which offers educational displays to help people of all ages learn more about the many different farm animals we care for: horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, emu and fowl.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melissa Ann M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Melissa and I am a volunteer at Lollypop Farm

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about Humane Society/Lollypop Farm from my cousin who volunteered there and adopted many pets. I have seen firsthand the wonderful, compassionate care provided to all of the animals there. I live 6 hours away in CT, but when it was time for me to adopt another pet, I knew that this was the best place to go. They helped find the perfect cat for me, and sent photos and videos so I could “see” her, before I drove up to meet her in person. They do an outstanding job of making sure each animal in their care receives the medical treatment needed, compassionate care, and finds a new home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

They are so many heartlifting stories about Lollypop Farm and all the good they do. Just watch the Tails of Hope Telethon and you will see! An area that is near and dear to my heart is animal cruelty investigations. Headed by Reno DiDomenico, this team is amazing. They not only investigate animal cruelty matters, but also educate pet owners on their responsibilities and how to properly care for their pets. I feel they have a very difficult position because when acting on a cruelty call, they have to follow the letters of the law. This may sound simple, however what appears to be a slam dunk cruelty case, may not fall under the guidelines of the Agricultural and Martkets Act. Sometimes this does not result in an arrest, the person making the complaint is frustrated and the cruelty investigator's hands are tied. To me it's an extremely difficult job, but these investigators are the best of best. If we have to deal with animal cruelty in our community, I am thankful we have Reno and his team involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have two dogs and two cats from Lollypop Farm and I foster kittens for them, sometimes with the moms and sometimes not - depending on how they come in. This organization is amazing and the people that work there are amazing. While it is necessary at times to euthanize animals Lollypop does all that it can to reduce that, from adoption specials to behavioral training for animals. The number of pets that have found forever homes through Lollypop is what should be the focus along with the number of animals that are rescued from abuse or neglect - I cannot say how much I appreciate having a resource for animals like this in our community and cannot thank the staff and volunteers enough for all they do, day in and day out, every day!!!
A truly great place!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Lollypop Farm since moving here in 2002. Not only do I provide monetary support/donations but I also foster kittens for them when the shelter is at capacity. What a wonderful way to get the community involved and for the community to help out. I have two cats of my own from Lollypop and two dogs from Lollypop - it is a wonderful place that really does put the animals first and provides great educational programs and resources to the community. When you say Lollypop Farm in the community people smile, people tells stories about visiting and/or adopting from there - it is a wonderful place and does so much good for the community that it would be impossible to not give it 5 stars! One of the things I love about it from a donor standpoint is I can actually see the donations at work in the infastructure and classes and staffing - I don't question what they do with the money they receive and I appreciate that they are continually trying to get grants and funding from other outlets to enhance their services. Wonderful, wonderful place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lollypop Farm for a couple of years now and have nothing but positive things to say about the organization. The staff and other volunteers are incredibly dedicated and care so much about each animal that comes in. Lollypop Farm will not turn away any pet (even farm animals) and often takes in surrendered or stray animals that have illnesses/disabilities and/or behavioral issues due to mistreatment, abuse or otherwise and will do everything in their power to heal, rehabilitate and help each animal. I have seen first hand the amazing work that this organization does for our community and I cannot praise them enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted all three of our Siamese cats from Lollypop and they are all fantastic as were the people there. They helped us find the perfect pets for our home and you can tell that the staff there all loves the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'm glad the charity that killed close to 3000 dogs and cats in 2015 gets awards for its good charitable mindset.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at' Lollypop Farm' are compassionate and enthusiastic! I have volunteered with the Foster Care program since 2005 -caring for kittens and puppies that are too young to be adopted. I have learned so much and gotten so much support from" the team"! They give extra effort to finding the best fit for each family looking to adopt an animal- and continue to support after the adoption with their " Pet Peeves" Behavior Help Line : (585) 295-2999. We treasure the kitties and dog we've adopted from the Rochester Humane Society - LPF is the best!

1 Bonnie98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Lollypop Farm for 11 years now as an adoption counselor and more recently, in the past few months, as a Pet Peeves Behavior Helpline person for dogs. I am also helping Lollypop's Behavior Department with dogs that need some extra time socializing with people or those dogs who need extra attention for whatever reason. I absolutely LOVE dogs and always have and love what I do at Lollypop Farm. When I retired, I chose to volunteer with Lollypop Farm and put in more hours because I believed in what they were doing for the animals, and felt they felt the same way I did about the animals. I have had only positive interaction with ALL the staff at Lollypop Farm from the Managers, to the Behavior Department people, to the supervisors, veterinarian techs and veterinarians in the clinic, Kennel attendants who keep ALL the dogs kennels clean in an on-going basis- even when they are not well or not house-trained, or end of having some communicable problem where they need to be in isolation and their previous kennel needs to be completely steralized, adoption counselors, and the law enforcement officers. I have to also give a huge shout-out to the volunteer "dog walkers" who walk the dogs in ALL kinds of weather!!! They do this for the love of dogs- no one is thanking them for each and every dog they walk. Truly wonderful people. I have found that everyone TRULY cares about the animals at Lollypop Farm. When my 15 y.o. rescued shepherd mix , Teddy, passed away four years ago I adopted my german shepherd puppy, Hannah, from Lollypop. I would not adopt from anywhere else. A person really has to be there to know the time everyone puts into ALL the animals there. From the very small to the very big. It's a place with a HUGE HEART. I am proud to say I volunteer at Lollypop Farm and will continue to volunteer until I am no longer physically able to.

2 Laurie89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dog Tucker is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we volunteer in Lollypop Farm's Pet Therapy program. Each week we visit various places like nursing homes, assisted living homes, schools and local colleges,and community events. He really enjoys the "people attention" and I enjoy getting out also as I don't work as a nurse anymore. Thank you Lollypop for this rewarding experience!!

1 Jackie68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sweet dog was so hurt, and with the love of everyone at Lollypop she got better and I got to see that day after day. The staff and all the loving volunteers are part of a very special group that I am very happy to be apart of and ask for nothing in return. We see it in all the animals big and small how much they need our help and we will do anything to help them live a happy and healthy life.

1 Janet132

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted a dog and cat from Lollypop farm. In addition I have fostered litters of moms and kittens.
I think they do great work and so do my pets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering to walk dogs at Lollypop Farm. I signed up to be a dog walker since I can't have a dog of my own right now, but I thought this would be great experience in how to handle dogs in the meantime (and it certainly has been!). I have also really enjoyed becoming more familiar with the different breeds of dogs that come to Lollypop. I love how sweet each dog can be!

2 Linda414

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a dog walker for seven years and see first hand the commitment of this organization to finding a forever home for adoptable animals. I particularly commend the fact that they place older or disabled animals for adoption as well as younger pets. We adopted a wonderful five year old cat from the shelter who was our best friend for eleven more years. The cost of adoption for a pet who had been neutered, vacinated, and leukemia tested was far less than it would have cost us to provide ourselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never in my life met so many hard working, caring, dedicated, kind, patient, generous, giving, loving and wonderful people, as I have at Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester. My family and I have had the pleasure of adopting pets for over 50 years from there. Now at age 57, I have personally joined 2 very special groups there; The Pet Assisted Therapy Program and The Foster Program. My husband and I are also part of the Legacy Society and have planned in our will, to leave all our assets to Lollypop Farm upon our passing. The work they do is worthy of any and all contributions, that can be made to them and accepted by them. The joy that I feel, being part of this organization, is truly immeasurable. It is a family and one I'm proud and grateful to be a part of. -Mary Therese Friel

Don_25

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm has a very dedicated Board that is very active in activities and financial management to help keep Lollypop successful and growing to help more and more animals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm is a great resource for saving, protecting, and rehoming animals in the Monroe and surrounding Counties area. They are also a fantastic educational resource for teaching children about the care of animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with this organization I have been impressed with their mission, compassion, and dedication from the very start. Every animal is respected, loved, and cared for. Everything possible is done to ensure each animal is placed in loving home. Furthermore, Lollypop Farm is a warm, inviting temporary home for the animals who find themselves here. Their quarters are clean, spacious, and they always have ample blankets, toys, food and water, cuddling, and socialization so that being in a shelter - while not an ideal situation for any animal - isn't the awful, traumatic experience it can be for so many. The animals here, I have seen firsthand week after week, are so well loved and cared for by the staff and volunteers until their forever families come for them. I am proud to volunteer my time to such a worthwhile organization who truly make a difference and a positive impact, both for the animals and the countless number of people who visit each and every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became a volunteer socializing cats. I had no idea how wonderful this experience would be. The staff were warm and welcoming and the cats are terrific! I am always so surprised to come back in a week and see how many older cats have been adopted in such a short time. Even cats that some would say are too old to be adopted find their way into someone's heart. I am so proud to be associated with an organization that cares so much about these animals. Their cages are carefully designed, color-coordinated and made so home-like that even the shy ones find a cozy place to recover from whatever brought them to Lollypop Farm. The staff work very hard to match the cats with their new owners, and help what some might think would never be wanted felines find a forever home. It's an amazing place! Come see the animals for yourself and fall in love!

1 Michael392

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Mike Reynolds l immigrated here from Canada as a Teenager in Highschool. l could not have a paying Job as l was not yet a Citizen but l could and did Volunteer at Lollypop Farm.
It meant more then you can know that l was able to be a full Participant of all that Lollypop Farm has to offer.
After College as an Adult l Volunteered as a Dogwalker l have always scheduled Time for Lollypop. My Hours at my Job as Janitor were Afternoon Shift l was sleep deprived everyday but l went to Lollypop to Walk Dogs prior to going to my Paid Job.
l was transferred to A Shift hours at my Job and now l Dog walk after Work.
Every Year l participate in Lollypop Farm's Barktoberfest l run the 5 mile race and raise Hundred's of Dollars not done online but by doing Old School going from Person to Person
l need a Spreadsheet to be able to Remember all of the Donor Names.
l will always be Part of Lollypop Farm
Mike Reynolds

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lollypop does a great job rehabilitating animals and educating our community along the way -

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two dogs and two cats that I've adopted from the Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County - I also volunteer fostering kittens for them. The work they do is amazing and the level of care that the staff gives to the animals is awesome. I see first hand what they enhance in terms of space and technology to help the animals have a better time while at the facility and to help with their medical needs. This nonprofit deserves a lot of kudos for going above and beyond in every situation that they encounter with every animal they encounter. I help them raise money for their annual gala and I personally donate monetarily along with my time because of the valuable service that they provide and I believe in.

1 Natalie72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm is an incredible organization that makes such a huge difference for animals in our area. Their staff and facilities are top notch. It is also a great place for families to come to learn more about animals. Spending time at Lollypop as a dog walker is a highlight of my week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I can tell you is that I have volunteered for LP for many years mostly in the fostering program. What a delight and a privilege. The staff are wonderful, compassionate, and available. Everyone who works there are "real" people from the top down. They are all genuinely about the animals, no doubt in my mind. I wear LP T-shirts every day and, not a day goes by, that I don't get questions about our enterprise. So many myths out there that need to be addressed and I am so pleased to be that good will ambassador. Such good work they do and I am a first hand observer to verify all they do. I have adopted three little critters myself form LP and can't imagine my life without them. I've worked at many an institution in my life but none as genuine in their goal as Lollypop.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two one-year old kitties a year ago. Sisters, who were very close and they wouldn't separate them. Perfect, we wanted two. At their brand new facility there are rooms where you can meet prospective adoptees. We met two pairs of kitties and it was obvious from the start that Mitzi and Molly were meant for us. Mitzi even climbed right in my lap. Neither one was nervous or afraid. Both let us pick them up. When we brought them home they were perfect. Knew the litter box, made themselves at home. Played like crazy but have never climbed the curtains or shredded the toilet paper. All this tells me they were socialized very well.

Their new facility, to which we have been proud to donate to, is wonderful. The heated floor for newly spayed puppies is inspired. It has always been clean, lots of sunshine. They do a great job.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place is wonderful. They always look out for the animals, animals of every type. You have to do see what they have done to make the animals comfortable and safe and as stress free as possible to ensure that they find forever homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my 7 mo old lab/pit mix in 2012 from Lollypop Farm in Rochester, NY and I can't imagine my life without my girl Sammie. Not only was the adoption process easy and the staff, amazingly helpful with not only meeting and greeting the dogs– but they also answered all my "stupid" first time dog owner questions. Since then, I have moved across the country to LA and Sammie and I did the rode trip together. This is the type of organization that will take the time to walk you through their entire set up and tour their facilities. It's not just a "one and done" type of place. You can tell everyone there truly wants to be there and wear their hearts on their sleeves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's a privilege to be donors to Lollypop Farm. They do so much good including animal adoptions, community education, veterinary medicine and law enforcement. Evelyn & John LeVay

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the very young to the very old, this facility not only educates on care of animals but offers a caring vehicle to transition animals from one home to another. Lollypop addresses a need in the community to humanely assist animals at the end of their lives where other shelters, advertising they are no-kill shelters, turn their backs on animals in need. Through their many opportunities to volunteer, Lollypop has a spot for anyone willing to share their time and talents from tending to the gardens, to laundering the towels and blankets, to answering phones on the hotline called Pet Peeves, to getting fresh air and exercise while walking the dogs. What a treasure in our community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does a wonderful job not only of taking care of animals of all kinds in need, but in educating the public and providing other community support services such as therapy dogs. My husband and I support it personally. The Company I work for also supports it. I can't say enough about the positive feelings I, my husband, many others in my company, and the community in general has about Lollypop Farm and the work they do.

Liz Waidelich

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm picky about where my donations go, and the Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County has consistently exceeded all of my criteria for many years. Every stakeholder's dedication to doing what's best for the animals at Lollypop Farm is abundantly clear at each juncture; there are no gaps. There is also no waste, that I've ever detected - I am completely satisfied that every dollar donated is deployed as effectively as possible. It's fun just to go and visit the shelter periodically, because the feeling that everyone is working together to create the best experience for the animals is nearly palpable. And I sincerely believe that the animals feel it.

There's no denying the results, either. Seeing people take a new pet to their "forever home" is a positively joyful experience. Being the person taking one is even better. I've lived with Lollypop Farm alumni for many years and am very thankful for the care and commitment and attention and love that they received while they were waiting.

From extraordinary animal care to helpful training opportunities to community outreach programs to dedicated law enforcement co-operation and much more, the Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County does a spectacular job of “building lifelong bonds between people and animals” – its stated mission. I’ve been very pleased - and quite humbled - to help.

- Wayne Strauss

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is. And what a terrific job all of the staff and volunteers do for the animals. You won't find a shelter with more caring and kind people.

1 Shirley31

Donor

Rating: 5

it is wonderful to see how dedicated the workers at Lollipop Farm are with all the animals. I especially like the new "cat room". If you are interested in adopting a kitty, you are asked to sit on a sofa in this room and the kitties will look you over and see how they feel about you. A great way t bond with your adopted cat.

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Donor

Rating: 5


Lollypop Farm is a unique temporary haven for homeless animals. The facility they have designed has the animals comfort as the 1st concern. I love to visit there & always donate to the fundraisers. Even if I can't take them all home, i know the animals are well taken care of by competent & loving staff! The outreach & education they provide for the community really helps ensure successful adoptions. Every area should have a shelter like this until there are no more homeless animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always had a good perspective on Lollypop Farm and the work they do protect and help animals, but since I have been engaged with them as a volunteer for the last year, my respect for the organization has grown tremendously. I'm particularly impressed with animal rescue and the focus on eliminating animal cruelty using education and law enforcement as needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm is truly committed to animals and their adopters. We have adopted two cats from there and they have been true loves. We love helping Lollypop as they help animals in need. Their training and education programs along with the support they give to other rescues is first class.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Otis several years ago and he is the best cat!! Awesome with the boys who are now age 2 and 1. I'm impressed how well the staff knew he would be a perfict fit for my family.
Thank you Lollypop for my happy ending!!!!

1 Emily101

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love animals but unfortunately, I am allergic so adopting one is not an option. I do my part for the animals in my community by volunteering at the Telethon and other fundraising events. There are so many ways to help.

1 Bobbie11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to participate in the Tails of Hope Telethon last March for Lollypop Farm, with my business For Tails Only and it was a most rewarding experience. Vicky at Lollypop took the time to take me on a tour and it was amazing to me. I had not been out there since I was a kid, and just the support and love they show for all the Pets waiting to be adopted was so truly heartfelt. Just like in the military, no man left behind, Lollypop leaves no animal behind. I look forward to working with them in the future and hope with my business, For Tails Only, we are able to once again contribute what we can to this Pawsome Organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have fond memories of visiting Lollypop Farm when I was a child. My parents adopted their first dog from Lollypop Farm, a few years before I was born. I grew up with that dog. Since then, I've adopted cats from Lollypop Farm, and I always enjoy bringing out-of-town visitors to walk around the outdoor petting area and to view the dogs, cats, and small animals inside. Lollypop Farm is a great local resource and is well-regarded by my friends and family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm is a fantastic organization. I recently began volunteering there and have gotten to see first hand what an exceptional place it is and how much it benefits our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Lollypop for about 3 years, first as a dog walker and now fostering kittens. The staff is always fantastic and helpful. I have fostered a lot of kittens and had a few die on me and the staff and veterinarians were always so comforting during those times - and I cried a lot! They are ever patient with many questions (to say I am a worrier is vastly understating) and really care about every animal they have come through Lollypop. From the administrators to the veterinarians to the staff they are phenominal! Their new facility is also wonderful, very modern and kept very clean. They have some wonderful people there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up visiting Lollypop Farm and always dreamed of working there when I grew up - fast forward about 30 years, and I am finally fulfilling that dream as a volunteer. Not only do I enjoy spending time with the animals, but I've found a wonderful, caring community among the staff and volunteers. I look forward to my time there every week, and I've even begun to 'bring my work home with me' as a foster parent who has cared for 7 cats throughout this year already. Two of our 3 beloved family kitties are Lollypop adoptees, as well. Lollypop Farm has my heart, and I know I'm not alone...my 6yo daughter just told me her wish as a grownup would be to own an ice cream shop...and work at Lollypop Farm!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for many years, as well as an adopter of two cats and a donator. The time I spend at Lollypop is the highlight of my week. The staff and fellow volunteers are amazing; they truly care about the animals and do everything they can to make them feel safe and loved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Lollypop Farm this past year but have been a donor and huge fan of the organization for several years now. I get to see behind the scenes of how well the animals are taken care of and put at a priority. They are a great educational center and very important fixture in Rochester.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm has a superb reputation in the Rochester community. When I volunteered in the board role in addition to supporting the organization financially, I learned a lot more than I ever expected about the challenges of running a facility that deals with large animal cruelty or neglect cases, has law enforcement responsibilities, and cannot turn an animal away. My first donations were to support Atticus, a resident steer who no one will likely ever adopt--dogs and cats are easy to support compared to horses and cattle. I have found that the leadership and the Board of Lollypop do a superb job of balancing the many demands on the organization's resources and take a close interest in how Lollypop serves the people of Rochester as well as the animals that come through their doors or are seen in the course of law enforcement activities. We all want to do everything we can to continue to help the community rally around helping the animals, as demonstrated by the spirit witnessed at this year's Barktoberfest and the many events held at Lollypop Farm over the course of the year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Lollypop as a kid, and have kept my connection with them for over 30 years. I have adopted all of my animals there and they are always kind and caring and willing to go the extra mile to help to make you a perfect match. The behavior team has been instrumental in helping me with any training needs as well. Overall, the experience is always great.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm is one of the best, most educational, and enjoyable places to visit in our community. It is much much more than just a shelter. It's a place to adopt your next best friend. A place to bring your kids to see so many varieties of animals and learn so much about each of them. It's a place to give all animals another chance and allow them the opportunity to find someone so special. We have adopted 1 cat, volunteered, supported and contributed to LPF for many years now and will continue forever. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from Lollypop Farm and I've had a great experience both times. My first was seven years ago. I went there looking at a particular dog which didn't work, but the adoption counselor brought out my Jasmine and it was love at first site. I couldn't bring her home that night because she had to be spayed the next day. I called after her surgery to check up on her and they were so nice about giving me an update and complimented me for checking up! The day after that, I was able to pick my girl up and she has been my best friend ever since! I adopted my second dog a little over a year ago after fostering her for about two months. Again, the experience was awesome! Thanks Lollypop!

Allan C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their service is second to none. I have rescued several animals from the Human Society of Rochester and Monroe County and given them forever homes. I have been treated with curtesy and all my questions were answered.

I would not hesitate to use their services again. Their building are also extremely clean and inviting. I am very proud that they service my community

Bear_Smyser

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited The Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County (Lollypop Farm) >15 years ago looking for and adopting a cat. After that pleasant experience I was “hooked” on Lollypop. I have always had a great respect and love for animals. Over the years I would visit and bring friends along to visit and/or adopt a pet. In 2005 I decided to commit myself to physically helping Lollypop when I retire.

In early 2014 I retired from my corporate position of 30 years and immediately reported to Lollypop. During my relatively short time at Lollypop I’ve learned much about what goes on “behind the scenes” and like what I see. Lollypop does so much good for our little animals in need of help that it is not possible for me to list all the ways. I also learned that Lollypop does a lot to help people too.

I fully expect to be at Lollypop for 10 years or more and really love the time I spend on site helping the animals, staff, other volunteers, and especially visitors. It is a real joy to see the eyes of the little children light up when they see all the animals. Just one example of how Lollypop helps animals.

Sincerely written, Bear

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has adopted pets from Lollypop Farms for years. Not only does this organization do great work with the animals in need from our area, all the pets we have adopted have brought tremendous joy to our family.
When our beloved cat passed away 2 years ago we began donating money to this organization in her honor. We found our donation put to such great use, we have continued donating (and adopting) to this day.
Lollypop Farms is such an amazing place - I can't say enough wonderful things about the work that happens here!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Lollypop Farm for many years. It has grown tremendously from when I was a child, to volunteer, to now serving on the Board. For those of you not familiar with Lollypop Farm, it is an amazing organization. I know many animal lovers who visit a shelter because it might be too sad. I do not feel this is the case with Lollypop. Will there be an animal that will tug at your heart strings-of course! You will find a beautiful shelter for unwanted animals, educational programs for children (including story telling on Fridays and children's birthday parties), not only dogs and cats, but farm animals and birds. You may see the dog walkers exercising the dogs, or a behavioral or dog obedience class. Got an a behavioral issue? Call Pet Peeves, a free service to help you and your pet with an "issues!" For some serenity, you may want to see the "Rainbow Bridge" at the pet cemetery. There is also a gift shop with unique pet toys. Lollypop has been working diligently on lowering the feral cat population through a low cost spay and neuter program. The animal cruelty investigators are second to none. Not only do they investigate animal cruelty, but they also try to educate and work with pet owners, to help alleviate the problem. In addition, there are numerous events such as the Barktober Fest and other family oriented events. Check it out, you will fall in love with Lollypop Farm!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor, volunteer, and pet adopter. That ought to make a statement about the extremely high value I place on Lollypop, its mission and it's people, both paid staff and volunteers. An effort is made, sometimes against all odds, to make every animal adoptable and give the gift of life and joy to both pet and adopter.

Charles50

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is amazing to see how far Shelter Medicine has come from many years ago. The environmental standards alone have made a huge difference in the health and happiness of "pets" preadoption experience. Careful attention to detail in this area is evident in the cat area recently opened. There is a much more stimulating and complex experience for cats. This is what they crave more than not. First keep them from harm and treat thier illnesses. Then make them feel safe and provide a non-stressful (non-damaging) sensory experience to allow thier minds to recover. I hope everyone that comes to Lollypop Farm will see how obviously happy these cats are. Kudos to all the people that work and volunteer thier time to the service of other creatures. Namaste

Donor

Rating: 5

I've participated for many years in the annual Barktober Fest pet walk. It's a fun event and so wonderful to see so many happy, well behaved dogs convening in one place! If you have a pet, or kids, or just want a fun time its an event not to be missed.

Dylan2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two dogs and four cats from Lollypop Farm. Each of them has his own unique personality but they are all loving beautiful creatures. My life would not be nearly as rich without them. Thanks Lollypop!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lollypop Farm is an amazing organization who helps animals of all shapes and sizes. My relationship with Lollpop started 30 years ago when my parents would bring me to see and pet the farm animals. It is so important for children and adults to develop healthy relationships with animals and Lollypop Farm excels in creating an environment that is educational and fun.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first visited Lollypop Farm over 35 years ago and continue to be amazed by both the professionalism and loving care the staff & volunteers provide for all the animals. The services provided, as well as the community involvement / activities they bring to the area are unparalleled by any other organization.

Jessica2345

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been touched by the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in many ways. As a child, I have memories of visiting the animals on the farm with my sisters. Fresh out of college, I began volunteering as a dog walker. I later worked for Lollypop and now donate to the organization every chance I get! I've adopted and fostered several animals (including the current love of my life- my Basset Hound Ruby-) and persuaded others to do so.

This is an organization that does life-saving work every single day and uses donations wisely. The staff and volunteers are the best of the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My association with Lollypop Farm has been life changing. From the time I was a little girl to today (spanning a half century), Lollypop Farm has been part of my life. From the adoption of my first pet, through the many best friends and family members since, to my most current, I always knew there was one and only place to find my next best friend. Over the years I have encouraged friends, family and strangers to frequent this incredibly well managed, professional, loving, decent and amazing facility. It is full of people who obviously put the animals first. We in the Rochester and sourounding areas are blessed and fortunate to have this hard working organization available to fill our wants and needs. I love Lollypop!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my children were small, a trip to Lollypop Farm was something they always looked forward to and now 40 some years later, they are bringing their own children to visit. A life time of service to our community! A few years ago I adopted a 2 year old cat, Meow Meow, from Lollypop Farm and cannot imagine why anyone would not keep such a great pet. Without Lollypop Farm who knows what would have happened to her. I was also very impressed with all the services they provide for a nominal fee in ensuring that my cat was spayed and had all of her shots, ID chip, etc. Having had her to the Vet, I learned quickly that the fees they charge don't cover all that they provide. Meow Meow has brought great joy to my life, thanks to Lollypop Farm.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have truly enjoyed being a volunteer and an adopter through Lollypop Farm. Anyone who comes into contact with the organization can see the dedication, passion and enjoyment that goes into making Lollypop Farm as success. I look forward to volunteering again at special events and training in the cat care area soon.

Donor

Rating: 5

I would like to recogonize Lollypop Farm as one of the truly outstanding organizations that provide loving care and feeding for stray, unwanted or abused animals. And not just dogs and cats, but horses, cattle, pigs, birds and others. The dedication and commitment of their staff, many of whom are volunteers, is obvious everywhere you look. In addition to the large number of animals they care for from our area, they also accept animals from distant organizations that are not able to handle a larger volumn. Somehow they always find a way to make this additional challenge work. They conduct various programs open to the public, including kids, which benefit the animals. Take a look at their web site and you will realize how extensive the are. The fact that they have been around since 1873 speaks for itself.They can be very proud as I am of the vital services they provide to our community. v

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a volunteer at Lollypop Farm and president of a donor organiza-tion. As a volunteer, I give tours, developed by the staff, to young children and adults. These tours emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering as a part of the responsibility of having a pet in their home. I volunteer in other capacities, as well, so have become familiar with many functions of Lollypop Farm. The staff is proactive in animal care, education and population control. Every animal they adopt out has been spayed or neutered, in addition to which they have special spay/neuter days for the feral cat population in Monroe County. The staff and volunteers at Lollypop Farm are dedicated, caring and responsible people.