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Nonprofit Overview

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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.