Niagara SPCA's Eggs-travaganza Egg Hunt & More

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Niagara Active Fire Hall, 6010 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, New York 14305
Event Cost: 

$10 for photo with the Easter Bunny

This is a family-friendly event including activities for kids as well as pets. Pets are welcome in the building at 1pm. No animals will be permitted in the hall during breakfast hours due to health departments regulations.

Photos with the Easter Bunny for animals and children run from 1pm-3pm. For $10 you will receive a printed photo of your pet(s) or children with the Easter Bunny. Music and a free personalized Pet Blessing will begin at 2pm. Each pet blessed will receive a goodie bag and a collar charm.

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Bark for Life - Lockport

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

It's time for the annual Bark for Life, a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Once again, there will be an event in Lockport, held by local chapter "Bark for Life of WNY," however the sister event in Buffalo will not be held this year.

In addition to the walk, there will also be contests, demonstrations and games.

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Buffalo News article about Dog Parks

Buffalo.com (from the Buffalo News) recently posted a story about local dog parks: Best of 716 - Unleashed: A guide to the best local dog parks.

Options for Walking Indoors

Neil writes:

Quick question for you - I have a 10 year old boxer, Riddick, that has degenerative myelopathy and is slowly losing the use of his hind legs. He currently has a harness that we use to help him get around as his left leg is pretty much unusable and his right is getting pretty weak.

As a result, we've ordered him a custom cart so that he can begin exercising again. When you take some of the weight off of his back legs he wants to run around and play like he used to therefore everyone is pretty confident that the cart will re-enrich his life and he'll be able to resume a healthy regiment of walking, etc.

Unfortunately, winter is coming and we won't be able to take him around the sidewalks in -10 degree snowy weather as he has such a short coat. In your experience, have you found anywhere in the area that that has like an indoor facility that I could bring him to a few times a week during the winter in order to take him for 15-30 min. walks? Any info would be awesome!

This is a great question. I wrote back to Neil:

Thanks for writing. This is something that has been challenging for me as well. I don't know of an indoor facility that could be specifically used for walks, but here are some things I have done with Ren:

  • Take him for a walk around the inside of a PetSmart. Since pets are allowed in the store, I will often drive to one, bring Ren in, and walk him up and down the aisles for about 20 minutes. Sometimes I buy something while there, but I don't always, and so far none of the employees have had a problem with me being there. PetCo or Pet Supplies Plus could work too except they seem to be a bit smaller (at least the ones I've been in). We also have a few other pet-friendly stores listed on our stores entry
  • Since we have been lucky enough to not have any snow yet, I've been trying to take Ren for brief walks outside. Since he's also shorthaired, and generally wimpy about the cold, I don't do this for very long, but I figure 5 to 10 minutes here and there is better than nothing. I got him a warm coat that covers his belly to help him tolerate the temperatures. A lot of dog coats seem to be nothing more than capes with a small strap across the belly, so I found one online in an Etsy shop that covered more of his body. This store specializes in small dogs, so they probably would not have anything suitable for a Boxer. But you could try checking with some online shops such as Drs. Foster & Smith or Muttropolis
  • Some places that do daycare and/or play groups will also rent out their space, although that could be more than what you want to spend. K-9 Kids Club on Niagara Falls Blvd will rent their room for an hour for $20. Canine Academy on Main Street in Clarence also does rentals but I am not sure of their rate. Maybe you could partner with a few other people who are also interested in exercising their dogs and share the cost of an hour rental. If you check out our listing of daycare facilities, you'll probably find others that are willing to rent too.
  • Another option for exercise, although it's not walking, is using a pool. I've heard this is a great way to exercise dogs with mobility issues and to help build up leg strength. Fetch N Catch in Lancaster has pool rental for the half-hour or hour. However, this does not include lessons - you are just paying for time at the pool for you and your dog. Another option is Sand Dancer in Orchard Park. They do provide lessons, however it can get expensive.

What do you think? Is there anything I left out? Do you have any more suggestions for Neil? Leave a comment on our Facebook post about this.

Photos with Santa at Elderwood

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Elderwood at Lancaster, 1818 Como Park Blvd, Lancaster, NY 14086

You can bring your pet for a picture with Santa at Elderwood. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a chance to win a gift basket. Please bring proof of vaccinations.

Pet Photos With Santa at Nickel City Animal Hospital

Event Date: 
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Nickel City Animal Hospital, 473 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14201


Nickel City Animal Hospital is again hosting photos with Santa. Proceeds from the event will go to Greyhound Action League and Westside Pussycat Project.

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Pet Photos With Santa at Petco

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
All area Petco locations
Event Cost: 

$9.95

All area Petcos are having photos with Santa on Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th from 1pm-4pm. This includes the following locations:

4226 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY 14020
4401 Transit Road No. 600, Williamsville, NY 14221-6041
330 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
1459 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14228-2701
1520 Military Rd, Suite 130, Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1732

A price was not listed, but a phone call to Petco confirmed that the cost will be $9.95, with proceeds going to animal rescues/charities.

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Pet Photos With Santa at Petco

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
All area Petco locations
Event Cost: 

$9.95

All area Petcos are having photos with Santa on Saturday, December 5th and Saturday, December 12th from 1pm-4pm. This includes the following locations:

4226 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY 14020
4401 Transit Road No. 600, Williamsville, NY 14221-6041
330 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
1459 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14228-2701
1520 Military Rd, Suite 130, Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1732

A price was not listed, but a phone call to Petco confirmed that the cost will be $9.95, with proceeds going to animal rescues/charities.

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Santa Paws

Event Date: 
Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Leonard Post, 2450 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14225

This event is a fundraiser for Linkon's Last Chance Animal Rescue. In addition to photos with Santa, there will be vendors to shop from, as well as hot chocolate and other refreshments.

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Pet Photos With Santa at Golden Tails

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Golden Tails Pet Supply, 6511 Transit Rd, Bowmansville, NY
Event Cost: 

Free

Pet photos at Golden Tails Pet Supply, located in Bella Vista plaza behind Lancaster Storage.

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