Happy Holidays from all of us at the
Orleans County Animal Shelter!
Is there a Santa Claus?
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Page, New York Sun, 1897
take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below,
expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful
author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell
me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism
of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They
think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little
minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are
little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant,
in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as
measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth
Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and
you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty
and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa
Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There
would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable
this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.
The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies.
You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on
Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa
Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus,
but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things
in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did
you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's
no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all
the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside,
but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest
man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever
lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push
aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory
beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing
else real and abiding.
Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years
from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue
to make glad the heart of childhood.
A Shelter Dog's Christmas Poem
Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full - we are lost, but not found...
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
-- Author Unknown
2014 Calendar Sale to Benefit
Orleans County Animal Shelter
This calendar is filled with beautiful photos of actual Orleans County Shelter pets.
If you adopted one of our Homeless Pets in the last year, your special family member may be featured in our calendar!!
All proceeds from the sale of the calendar
help us help our Homeless Pets until they find their fur-ever homes!!
Please stop by our Shelter during our normal Open for Adoption hours to purchase your calendar, and on behalf of our homeless pets, Thank You!!
The Orleans County Animal Shelter is Open for Adoptions on:
Tues, Wed and Thurs Evenings 6-8 pm
There is a place in our community that feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless and comforts the abandoned.
It is the Orleans County Animal Shelter.
Won’t you consider taking home a lovable forever friend?
If you cannot give one of our animals a loving home, please consider a donation of cat and dog food, kitty litter, money or your time as a volunteer. You won’t regret it!
We have some great dogs and cats who are looking for their forever homes. Please if you are able, open your heart and your home to these homeless pets. You will get back unconditional love a million times over and then some!!
Please note that we ask that if you are interested in adopting one of our Pets to be a part of your Family,
we ask that you bring any other pets you have at Home to meet any of our pets before adopting.
When bringing your pet from home to meet your new potential Family member, please bring proof of Rabies vaccination. Thanks!!
If You Need to Surrender Your Pet .
Animal surrenders cannot be and are not accepted during our adoption hours. Animal surrenders are ONLY done through the Animal Control Officer, including any pet previously adopted from the Shelter.
If you need to surrender your pet, please call Sheriff Dispatch at 585-589-5527 and tell them you wish to surrender a pet. You will then be contacted regarding the surrendering procedure and you must speak with the Animal Control Officer BEFORE coming to the Shelter with your pet. Also remember to bring any and all vet records with you when surrendering your pet.
Please note that the Orleans County Animal Shelter can ONLY accept pet surrenders from Orleans County residents.
Do Your Pets Need Their Rabies Shots?
for the 2013 locations and information of Free Rabies Clinics in Orleans County.
Sponsored by the Orleans County Health Department
For more info call: 589-3278
Please note that all of our Dogs are vaccinated against rabies (4 months old or older) and also
the distemper/parvo combo vaccine while they are in our Shelter.
We are unable to accept checks or credit cards and adoption payments must be in cash.
Dog adoption fees are usually $60.00 or less. If your new dog or puppy is not spayed/neutered,
you will sign a spay/neuter agreement to have your dog or puppy
spayed/neutered within 30 days of adoption, and you will receive a refund of $35.00
Cat and kitten adoption fees for spayed/neutered fur babies is $55.00. If the cat or kitten
is not spayed or neutered, the adoption
fee is $15.00. Donations are always welcome to allow us to rescue more!!
If adopting a cat or kitten, we ask that you please bring a carrier to take your new Family member home.
Please stop by and visit us and our very special Guests who are looking for a Forever Home......
and who knows, you just may find that special new member of your Family who has a lot of unconditional love to give!!
Our pets are available for adoption during normal hours on Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm and Saturdays from 11-2. Other times may be arranged if needed and please call 585-260-7665 for details.
If any of our pets, including puppies, are not ready for adoption when you visit, the following policy will be followed:
Written interest forms/applications will be taken for the pet during normal shelter adoption hours only. You must present yourself to the Shelter to complete the interest form/application.
I Rescued a Human Today
...by Janine Allen
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I Rescued a Human Today.
I Rescued a Human Today.
Open for Adoptions