Thursday, May 8, 2014

A child's plea: 'Adopt my dogs!'

Ozzie and Harriett are two senior dogs who have been inseparable since puppy-hood. The 11-year-old duo was recently brought in to Saratoga County Animal Shelter after their family moved into a new home. Their landlord originally agreed to allow pets but went back on his word. Ozzie and Harriett's family is heartbroken and had no choice but to surrender their family pets.

Ozzie and Harriett would brighten up any home. Please note, Ozzie and Harriett need to be adopted out together. 

O & H's youngest owner left instructions for the person(s) who are lucky enough to bring these two home. 

"Ozzie loves to lay outside. If you rub his tummy or leg he rolls over. P.S. Ozzie will steal your spot if you get up off the couch. ...This dog is very precious to us."

"Harriet loves to be scratched behind the ear and under her collar. If you look her in the eye, she'll kiss you a lot. Harriet likes lots of attention. Harriet has really soft fur. She is very loyal. ...Harriet is very precious to us."  

Senior dogs need love, too, especially ones that are used to sharing a bed, not a cage.

Please consider opening your home to these two wonderful dogs. They're available for adoption at Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa. For more information, call the shelter at 885-4112.
Here are 7 reasons to adopt a senior dog: 
1. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. For whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need of a home. Just like puppies and younger adoptable dogs, they make loyal and loving companions.
2. Adopting an older dog may save its life. Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren't adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.
3. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think. Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make wonderful household pets.
4. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.
5. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train.
6. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.
7. Older dogs make instant companions. Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long walk and already knows how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Check out Topaz and Baxter

Topaz is as friendly and loving as they come. She’s young (about 2 to 3 years old) and came to the shelter with her housemates after her owner passed away. Topaz is spayed, up-to-date on shots and would love a forever home.

Topaz, along with dozens of other dogs and cats, is available for adoption at Adirondack Save-A-Stray, 4880 New York Route 9N, Corinth. For information, call the shelter at 654-6220 or go to its Facebook or Petfinder page. 

Baxter is a 2-year-old lab mix. He’s a jumper and escape artist, so a high fenced-in yard would work best for him. This energetic fellow just needs some love and training. He is neutered and up-to-date on all shots.

Baxter and other adoptables are available at Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Center. 893-7451 or

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Keep your eyes to the sky! LOST PARAKEET...

LOST PARAKEET: Renesmee is a green and yellow male parakeet who was last seen between Sunoco on Route 50 (before Wilton Mall). He is a warm tempered pal to Lello, Eddy, and Jacob. He is his owner's best friend, documented as a medical necessity. 

Renesmee squawks when upset and chirps loudly when he calls his owner or other parakeets. He is very loving and needs his family.

Keep your eyes to the sky-- if you see Renesmee, contact Barb at 307-9790.

(Renesmee is pictured second from the left)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Clifton Bark Fest

Clifton Park, NY – Jazzed Events LLC, Pink Dog Parlor & Resort and Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy invite you to join them on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. for their furry friends fundraising fiesta, Clifton Bark Fest, which will be held at their Clifton Park location at 627 Plank Road. The location consists of 4000 square feet of office space, retail merchandise space, puppy play area, grooming facilities and vacation destination resort rooms for overnight boarding. The lower level provides another 4000 square feet for their Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy grooming school. They are able to fully accommodate pets throughout the Greater Capital Region of New York in either of their two locations, the second being located at 1082 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, NY across from Guptil’s Coney Express.

Pink Dog Parlor & Resort and Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy is family owned and operated and deliver a high level of reliable and friendly service, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Michelle Kennedy, PDP’s Owner, began her career with pets after purchasing her first show-quality Siberian Husky in 1980. After working in obedience for several years, Michelle began grooming in 1984, which led to the opening of her first salon with a business partner in 1988 in Latham, NY. In 2002, Michelle made the decision to sell the Latham salon to stay at home with her newborn child. Three years later in 2005, Michelle began grooming again in the basement of her home. By 2007, she came to recognize a lack of education for pet stylists in our area and made the decision to open a school to fill that void. This necessitated a move out of the basement. After a time, it became clear that the new facility did not meet NYS Education Department requirements, so they found it necessary to move two more times before settling in at their Clifton Park location at 627 Plank Road. In March of this year, Michelle also repurchased the Latham salon that she had started back in 1988. Michelle continues to groom along with her staff, which consists of family, instructors and former students of Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy. And of course, she maintains her mission to educate aspiring groomers.
Clifton Bark Fest is a one-day educational fundraising festival open to the public, which will cater to aspiring professional groomers, home grooming hobbyists and pet fashionistas, as well as a fun festival for pet lovers and pet owners that want to ‘strut their mutt’ among the festivities. The community is welcome to join us with their pets as we present the Golden Paws Rescue Grooming Competition, our Fur in Couture Fashion Show, at-home grooming tips workshop, rescues on the red carpet, pet rescue adoption clinics, Just Jams DJ Entertainment, pet photography by Pictures of You, Chinese auction, foods and beverages, exhibit shopping and more. It is a great place to be for our local pet loving community! Meet PDP’s family, their staff and their customers, who will introduce you to the superior work of their Professional Pet Stylists. Walk your dog over and be entertained throughout the afternoon! You can’t miss us … we will be the building with the big pink and white tent across from the Outback! To as a sponsor, go to today!

Adoption clinics will be provided by Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.), Shih Tzu & Furbabies Small Dog Rescue and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. Additionally, Vested Interest in K-9s will be present to share their upcoming fundraising event.

The professional pet stylists of PDP will be available throughout the day to answer any questions regarding your pet grooming and boarding needs and will offer free tips to help you maintain your freshly groomed pet in-between visits. The management team and their staff understand the importance of skilled work and quality client relationships. The PDP family service business practices a Code of Ethics and Values that ‘radiates’ respect, honesty, integrity, customer satisfaction, quality service and relational transactions. The PDP family will be your family’s groomer for years to come! So be sure to get on over and meet the family!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Have you seen Boots?

He was last seen outside one of the apartments involved in this weekend's Woodlawn fire. If anyone has any information, please contact Andrea at 518-682-9140.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Support Adirondack Save-A-Stray: Fundraiser with psychic medium

Adirondack Save-A-Stray fundraiser: “An Evening of Spiritual Communication,” 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, Lillian’s Restaurant, 408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Evening with world renowned psychic medium William Constantine. Tickets at Adirondack Save-A-Stray or the door. $35 advance, $40 door. 654-6220. 

Find out more on their Facebook page:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kate was adopted! Nate still needs a home...


Nate is an 8 year old pit bull mix. He came to Estherville after his owner passed away. He gets along with everyone, having spent time in an Animal Control Officer’s family of cats, dogs & children. He's easy-going & enjoys his walks. As a senior dog, Nate would love nothing more than to be a “couch potato” with someone special. He's neutered and up-to-date on shots.

This is Kate--she's a 2-year-old Walker Coonhound. Her and her sister Allie came to Estherville after being found in a bad home environment. The shy but sweet pups were a dynamic duo until Allie was adopted out. Poor Kate was so lonely. She was featured in last Sunday's Toga Tails for a second time, and by Monday morning she was headed to her new home in Saratoga. What wonderful news! Ol' Nate still needs a home! He and lots of other adoptables are available at Estherville Animal Shelter, 100 Russell Road, Greenfield Ctr. 893-7541 or

Friday, July 12, 2013

LOST DOG: Have you seen Gracie?

Lost On: 07/03/2013  

Dog's Name: Gracie
Last Seen: Intersection of Nelson and Cresent Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY
Gracie had a turquoise "KONG" brand fabric collar on.

If found please call: (518) 581-1374


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Curtis Lumber to host 4th annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day

Curtis Lumber will host their 4th annual pet adoption day Saturday, June 15 across select retail stores located throughout New York and Vermont. 

Each store will host multiple pet adoptions/rescue groups and many adoption rates will also be lowered for the day.

This pup found a forever home at last year's PetAPalooza
Hundreds of animals from over 80 shelters and rescue groups will be available for adoption including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and horses. There will also be pet service providers in attendance such as local veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters and trainers offering valuable discounts off their services.

All adopters will receive a free gift courtesy of Curtis Lumber.  Other events include dog house and 50/50 raffles, food, live radio broadcasts and more. 

Last year’s event resulted in over 400 animals finding new forever homes!.

Curtis Lumber’s President and Owner Jay Curtis and wife Kendra, along with the Curtis family of 600 plus employees are very excited to host this annual event. 

For a list of participating shelters and rescue groups attending visit:
www.clpetapalooza or   

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jorge and boxer mix pups

Jorge is a 3 year-old Chihuahua mix. Jorge used to have a family, but they’ve all been adopted out and he’s looking for his forever home. He is a sweetheart who loves to nuzzle and has a lot of love to give. Jorge is up-to-date on shots, neutered, heart-worm tested and micro-chipped.  

 These puppies are about 12 weeks old and absolutely adorable. They all have really great dispositions and personalities. The shelter is not entirely sure of their breed, but they believe they’re boxer mixes. The pups have had all their age-appropriate shots and have been de-wormed. 

Jorge and the boxer mix litter are available for adoption at Adirondack Save-A-Stray, at 4880 New York 9N in Corinth. For more information, call the shelter at 654-6220 or visit their Facebook or Petfinder page.