Stephanie's Animal Shelter and Rescue, Inc is a home based animal shelter in Gainesville, NY, an hour's drive east from Buffalo and south from Rochester. It is also Stephanie Smith's home.
Current economic conditions are having a negative effect on our animal shelter and rescue efforts. More people are trying to cut back on their expenses to meet rising fuel and grocery cost by “getting rid” of their pets. They want to dump their responsibility for the animals that trust and love them on to shelters. If you are having trouble making ends meet with only one or two pets, Stephanie’s Animal Shelter and Rescue, Inc. is completely out of funds with over 100 animals in our care. We can’t pay our utility bills right now and we need hay for our farm animals. Surrendering your animal to a shelter should only be done as a last resort. We understand when people must surrender their animals due to loss of income, loss or their home, or retiring to a nursing home.
Our resources are limited, and we have to consider the needs of all the animals in our care. People bring us sick and injured or elderly animals in failing health. They want us to take in their aggressive dog that bit the neighbor. They want to get rid of their adult dog that bit their grandchild who just happened to jump on the animal and startle it out of a sound sleep. Instead of dumping your problem off on an animal shelter, do some research on how to solve the problem.
These are not animals that we can offer for adoption, and we can't afford to just keep them all. Euthanizing is not practice we take lightly. No healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized to make room. We keep adoptable animals as long as it takes to find them homes, and some for the rest of their lives. We have cats and dogs in five foster homes with people who donate their resources to care for these animals. Their only compensation is that their donations are tax deductible. We welcome inquiries from people who wish to help by fostering one or more animals for us.
Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in this country every year that are good adoptable pets. We knew from the start that we could only save a few hundred every year. We can only do that with continued public financial support. We gratefully appreciate the people who continually support us. We need you now more than ever because we are out of money and out of hay for our horses and farm animals. We are hoping to expand our secondary farm animal site into a horse sanctuary where older horses can live out their lives with other horses. We have adult dogs and cats and puppies available for adoption that need homes now. We need newspapers and cat litter, money for vaccinations and vet bills and help fund raising. Adoption fees cover only about a third of our annual expenses.
SASAR, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. If you believe in what we are doing, please help with your tax deductible donation.