Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, has been helping animals and educating the public since 1873. As an organization with 90 staff members and more than 800 volunteers, they admit 11,000 neglected animals a year into their shelter. They provide a number of programs including adoption, spay/neuter, and a foster care program. A BISSELL Pet Foundation grant helped with the preventative veterinary care they provided to cats and dogs in foster care who needed special support. This funding made possible spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, deworming, flea control and microchipping for 35 cats and 5 dogs.
A large amount of the animals admitted to Lollypop Farm are infants too young to be spayed or neutered; most of them are in need of medical attention and socialization. Lollypop farms has set up an extensive foster care program which socializes the dogs and ensures they are healthy and ready for their forever home. One puppy in particular has a very incredible success story thanks to help from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Minnie is a small brindle Pit Bull puppy who was the runt of her litter. She was pushed away from her mom by her larger siblings and became very malnourished. She was brought to Lollypop farms and treated by the veterinarians and technicians who knew how to help get her strong and healthy. Because she was in such poor health, she needed round the clock care. She slowly became stronger and began to put on weight within a few days she received a clean bill of health and was placed in a foster home. Soon, she was adopted by a very special family who renamed her Scooby Doo. She loves to swim, hike, and play with her new friends especially the family’s other dog who has become her best friend.