Cute Easter Pet Photos!

Happy Easter Friends! 

Thank you to everyone that brought their furry friends last weekend to our Easter pet photo fundraiser benefiting Rochester Animal Services We raised nearly $400 to help the animals of Rochester!

We are planning more photo events! Join our Halloween & Christmas photo events for updates!

Did you know that by shopping local with PetSaver you are helping support our Shelter Pet Feeding Program! Thats right! Each year PetSaver provides over 8,000 Rochester shelter pets food FREE of charge! We want to take a moment to thank our loyal customers for shopping local with us and helping us make this possible!  

For participants here is the link that was sent out with full resolution images. If you get a request to log in, please click request permission

Enjoy the photos from all the fun spring shenanigans below! 



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PetSaver Feeds Homeless Pets!

PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore has committed to donating most of the dog and cat food fed at Lollypop Farm and Rochester Animal Services.

“It’s been a long time dream of ours to be able to provide this program to Lollypop Farm and Rochester Animal Services,” said Russ Herman, owner and CEO of PetSaver, a locally owned chain of pet stores in Rochester. “This helps free up resources for all of the services that they provide.”

Every year, these two shelters care for and find homes for more than 10,000 pets, which consume over 50,000 pounds of food per year.

PetSaver was able to finally put this program together through a cooperative program with Fromm Pet Food, Triumph Pet Food, Lads Pet Supplies and through donations from PetSaver customers.

“We needed a little help from our customers to make this program go,” Herman said. “We came up with an innovative way of allowing our customers to donate their Loyalty Points—and not cash donations—to help fund this.  Their response was overwhelming and allowed us to fully fund the food donations.”

Alice Calabrese, president/CEO of Lollypop Farm, said: “We are very grateful to have such a generous partner in our community. Thanks to the donation of PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore, we can ensure nutritious food is provided to the animals surrendered into our care.  We applaud the entire PetSaver team and their customers for their donations and compassion to help thousands of homeless pets in our community.”

Chris Fitzgerald, Shelter Director for Rochester Animal Services, agreed. “Providing nutrition is a major component in caring for shelter animals as they await reunion with owners or adoption into new homes,” Fitzgerald said. “Getting this type of support from partner organizations means funds otherwise allocated for pet food can be used for other operating expenses such as additional veterinary supplies, shelter enrichment and pet retention.”


Through its Responsible Pet Owners Club, PetSaver also supports people who adopt pets through a local shelter. Pet adopters are given free food and discounts on supplies that they need to get started. PetSaver also donates $10 back to the rescue organization when redeemed by the adopter.

Last year, PetSaver rewarded more than 1,000 pet adopters through this program.

“It was helpful to use the coupons and discounts for the new kitty,” said PetSaver customer Jodie Brown of Irondequoit. “It was quite an incentive to adopt a cat. Any way to save money is helpful.”

PetSaver partners with Lollypop Farm and has adoption centers in all three of its stores. Hundreds of cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are adopted out each year at PetSaver. In addition, many Rochester rescue groups hold adoption events most every weekend at the stores.

“It’s heartbreaking to see all of the animals that need homes in our area.” Herman said. “The best way to find homes for these pets is to get them in front of potential adopters. We love partnering with these local rescues to help with the homeless pet problem.”

To help the homeless pet situation, you can:

  • Have your pets spayed/neutered. If you qualify financially, there are programs to assist you with this.
  • Become a foster home. Temporary homes take the pressure off of shelters and help socialize those pets.
  • Volunteer. Most all of the shelters need people to volunteer; contact them for more information.
  • Donate. Every little bit helps.
  • Adopt. It’s a major responsibility, but pets will give you a lifetime of love.

This story is provided and presented by PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore.


Pet Blog: Cold Weather Safety Tips

Cold Weather Safety Tips

It is finally snowing here in Rochester, with tempatures dropping, PetSaver would like to warn you that Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Massaging paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. PetSaver carries mushers secret and other paw protectors! Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-safe ice melts whenever possible this is something you can pick up at PetSaver at an amazing low price. Greece, Monroe and Webster location will carry this product during the winter months.
  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

CatBlog: Top 10 items cats like to steal.

Top 10 Personal Items Cats Steal From Us

Wonder what happened to your hair bands/swabs/Post-Its/straws? Ask your cat.

By Angie Bailey | Posted: January 28, 2015, 6 p.m. EDT

10 Things Cats Like to Steal

Cats are little thieves, always on the lookout for something shiny or highly swattable. I can see the look in my cats’ eyes when they spot something they want. They become highly focused, and go forward with the thievery in one of two ways. They either try to be ninja-like or they blatantly swipe the item right from under your nose – usually the latter.

In this week’s Top 10, we’ll be counting down the top 10 personal items cats love to steal from us, with some nice examples from my own little thieves.

10. Post-it notes
Post-it notes are fun for cats for a few reasons. The pads are light enough to swat around like hockey pucks, a single note has delightfully sticky stuff on the back, and a crumpled up Post-it note is, well, a paper ball. Cats and paper balls are longtime friends.

9. Tape
My Phoebe goes out of her way to lift any loose tape that’s easily available to her pilfering paws – even if it’s off the roll of tape sitting on my desk. And I have to bury tape pieces in the wastebasket or she’ll snag it and race away with her exciting acquisition.

8. Corks
Corks are some of the most easily stolen objects. The size, shape and weight make them a breeze to bat off the kitchen counter. Cats want us to drink more wine.

7. Cough drops
When I’m not feeling well and chain-sucking cough drops, I often have a little pile of wrapped lozenges on the table beside me. My cats believe this is a new pile of toys just for them. I’m sick, and they want to steal from me. Nice.

6. Q-tips
Q-tips are another object I have to bury in the wastebasket because used ones are way more steal-worthy than new ones; however both are attractive to cats and usually find their way into their possession.

5. Emery boards
My cats have a thing about chewing emery boards. The thought of that just makes my teeth hurt! I’ve seen Phoebe swipe an emery board from the bathroom counter and hot foot across the house with it in her mouth. I have to admit – it is a really funny sight.

4. Straws
My cats have been known to snag a straw right out of my glass. I was confused the first couple of times this happened, and then I found a collection of chewed-up straws under the sofa. Mystery solved.

3. Hair elastics
Classic. Hair elastics are small, stretchy, light and easy for a cat to carry in his mouth. I forget how many I leave lying around until I find random elastics under the bed, in the toy basket, and floating in the cat fountain. Or maybe my cats secretly want to be hair stylists? It could happen. Ed Note: Keep an eye on these! Cats eat them!

2. Lip balm tubes
These tubes are the object of many a theft at my house. They’re small and slide like crazy – the perfect cat toy! I’ve been using the lip balm in the circular tube lately, and that drives the cats even crazier. It’s easy to swat off the table and it rolls. Stop, thief!

And the No. 1 personal object cats steal from us is … drumroll, please!

1. Pens and pen caps

Cats love to bat a nice, slidey pen or cap across the floor. At one time, I tried to keep all my pens in a little cup on my desk, but then Phoebe decided she’d just pull them out of the cup. She likes a challenge, so the pen-in-the-cup solution further encouraged her thievery.

CatBlog: Ouch Stop Biting My Hand!

Why Does My Cat Bite My Hand?

If your cat grabs and bites your hands when all you want to do is pet your cat, maybe you aren’t giving your cat what he or she wants…

By Julie Mignery

My cat Mr. Whiskers wants attention but then scratches or bites. Why? –Betsy Lawrence

I think the problem is that while you’ve determined that Mr. Whiskers wants your attention you haven’t yet figured out exactly how to give it to him. I absolutely understand how you could be misinterpreting his demands. When my cat meows at me while I’m busy working and looks at me with her big green eyes I always want to pick her up and make her sit on my lap all day. I’ve learned, however, that after a dozen or so ears-to-tail pets she’d rather relax on the couch, on the fluffy gray rug in the bedroom or in whatever spot is currently catching the most sun rays. Sometimes she gives in and sits on my lap for a few minutes while I type, but most of the time she doesn’t. Next time your cat asks for attention:

•    Give it to him, but scale it back. Use a lighter touch when you pet him or scratch his head just once instead of the multiple times you might want to.
•    Watch his reaction. Does he try to scratch or bite only when you pet a particular part of him? Maybe he likes back scratches but would prefer you leave his tail or ears alone. Stop giving him attention the moment he reacts negatively. Get up and walk away. Maybe make a loud noise to let him know aggression is not allowed.
•    Consider that you might be interpreting his attention demands all wrong. Maybe he’s nudging your hand with his head NOT because he wants you to scratch him but because he’d like you to throw him a catnip toy. Maybe he’s meowing NOT because he wants you to pick him up but because he wants more food.
•    Trim his nails to limit the damage.

PetBlog: 7 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

7 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

Not everyone has the ability to write a check for their local shelters, but these animals need more than just your pocket change. Here are a few simple ways you can help your local animal shelter:

1. Donate Your Skills and Experience

Shelters need help from those with specialized knowledge and skills. For example, those who love taking photos or making videos of animals could be a huge help in closing the gap between animals and adopters. It takes a lot of skill to photograph a dog who just wants to play catch! But if you can do it, your skills would definitely help animals find homes.

2. Donate Your Time

Volunteering to spend time with the animals at your local shelter or rescue is an incredible gift, not only to the animals, but to those that work there. Animal shelters need all the extra hands they can get. There are a lot of dogs to walk and cats to groom. By donating your time to these animals, you will not only build relationships with them but you will begin to see the impact your spare time is having.

3. Donate Your Pet’s Used Items

Most animal shelters have a wish list that you can donate to. Maybe your dog isn’t interested in the toy you bought him so instead of burying it in the bottom of the toy box, donate it! Just because these animals are in shelters doesn’t mean they don’t like a good game of tug-a-war. You can contact your local animal shelter to find out more about some of the items they may need and that you might have lying around at home. Items like lightly used pet beds, food/water bowls, leashes and toys are always welcomed.

4. Donate Household Items

Do you have old towels and sheets that you don’t know what to do with? Donate them to your local animal shelter. Just ensure they are clean and washed properly as most shelters use them to provide comfortable bedding for cats and dogs. Even paper towels, pillows and wash cloths are needed. Animal shelters can get pretty messy considering their residents, so cleaning supplies including, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquids, bleach and soaps are all used to keep your local shelters clean and safe. Garbage bags, brooms, mops and sponges are all thoughtful donations.

5. Donate Grooming and Medical Supplies

Animals waiting in shelters rely on being groomed to look their best for potential adopters. Shampoo, pet soaps, brushes and combs are all needed in your shelters. Even flea and tick treatments are needed. All these pets deserve to get dolled up, especially if it will help them find a forever home. Consider donating medical supplies to help sick or injured animals. Anything from cotton and gauze products to vitamins and treatments can help save the lives of animals in need.

6. Donate Pet Foods and Formula

A large amount of the money donated by generous individuals goes toward buying pet food and milk formula. No one likes going to bed on an empty stomach, which includes the pets at your local shelters. Donate a few bags of food or formula to ensure those waiting to be adopted don’t go to bed hungry. Reach out to your local shelter to see if there are any specific brands they may require or treats the pets like.

7. Donate a Place in Your Home

Being a foster parent can be unimaginably rewarding. Giving an animal in need a place in your home allows them to feel something they may not have felt before, safe. Donating a place in your home will not only bring the animals spirits up, but it will be a fulfilling experience for you and your family. Contact your local animal shelter to find out more about fostering animals in need.

Rescue Spotlight: Rescued Treasures

Rescued Treasures Pet Adoptions is a 501c3 non-profit pet rescue run solely by volunteers who have a passion to help society’s abandoned cats and dogs. Each year in the United States 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters. While Rescued Treasures Pet Adoptions cannot solve this problem, we have dedicated ourselves to saving as many as we can.Each rescued pet that comes into Rescued Treasures has been saved from either a kill shelter or an owner who could no longer take care of him/her. Rescued Treasures takes the time to get each pet fully vetted to ensure that the pet is healthy. The pet is then placed in a loving and devoted foster home who cares for and trains him/her to become wonderful companions for his/her forever adoptive family.Everyone can help control the number of pets that are euthanized every year. One way is by spaying or neutering their pets. Another way is by fostering or adopting the pets that end up homeless. Rescued Treasures Pet Adoptions is always looking for more dedicated and loving foster homes for its homeless pets. It is one of the most heartwarming things in the world to look in the eyes of a dog, cat, puppy, or kitten that you saved from dying…they will forever be grateful that you cared enough to help them when no one else did.

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CatBlog: Nutrients your cat needs!

Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality food from PetSaver Superstore, which are often formulated with these special standards in mind. If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living:

  1. Water is the most important nutrient. Essential to life, water accounts for between 60 to 70 percent of an adult pet’s body weight. While food may help meet some of your pet’s water needs (dry food has up to 10 percent moisture, while canned food has up to 78 percent moisture), pets need to have fresh clean water available to them at all times. A deficiency of water may have serious repercussions for pets: a 10-percent decrease in body water can cause serious illness, while a 15-percent loss can result in death.
  2. Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair. Proteins can be obtained from a number of sources. Animal-based proteins such as chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, fish and egg have complete amino acid profiles. (Please note: Do not give your pet raw eggs. Raw egg white contains avidin, an anti-vitamin that interferes with the metabolism of fats, glucose, amino acids and energy.) Protein is also found in vegetables, cereals and soy, but these are considered incomplete proteins.Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and are divided into essential and non-essential amino acids:
    – Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the animal in sufficient quantities and MUST be supplied in the diet. Essential amino acids include arginine, methionine, histidine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, threonine, leucine, tryptophan, lysine, valine and taurine*.
    – Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized by your pet and are not needed in the diet.*The essential amino acid taurine is required for companion cats. Unlike dogs, cats cannot synthesize enough taurine to meet their needs. Taurine is required for the prevention of eye and heart disease, as well as reproduction, fetal growth and survival. This essential amino acid is only found in foods of animal origin, such as meat, eggs and fish.
  3. Fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells and are needed for the production of some hormones. They are required for absorption and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins. Fats provide the body insulation and protection for internal organs. Essential fatty acids must be provided in a pet’s diet because they cannot be synthesized by a cat in sufficient amounts. A deficiency of essential fatty acids may result in reduced growth or increased skin problems. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid for cats. Arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, is also essential for cats for the maintenance of the skin and coat, for kidney function and for reproduction.
    Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in healing inflammation. Replacing some omega-6 with omega-3 fatty acids can lessen an inflammatory reaction—whether it is in the skin (due to allergies), the joints (from arthritis), the intestines (from inflammatory bowel disease) or even in the kidneys (from progressive renal failure).Please note: It is impossible to accurately determine the fatty acid ratio of a diet if the owner prepares home-cooked foods.
  4. Carbohydrates provide energy for the body’s tissues, play a vital role in the health of the intestine, and are likely to be important for reproduction. While there is no minimum carbohydrate requirement, there is a minimum glucose requirement necessary to supply energy to critical organs (i.e. the brain). Fibers are kinds of carbohydrates that modify the mix of the bacterial population in the small intestine, which can help manage chronic diarrhea. For cats to obtain the most benefit from fiber, the fiber source must be moderately fermentable. Fiber sources that have low fermentability (e.g. cellulose) result in poor development and less surface area of the intestinal mucosa. Highly fermentable fibers can produce gases and by-products that can lead to flatulence and excess mucus. Moderately fermentable fibers—including beet pulp, which is commonly used in cat foods—are best, as they promote a healthy gut while avoiding the undesirable side effects. Other examples of moderately fermentable fibers include brans (corn, rice and wheat) and wheat middlings. Foods that are high in fiber are not good for cats with high energy requirements, such as those who are young and growing.
  5. Vitamins are catalysts for enzyme reactions. Tiny amounts of vitamins are essential to cats for normal metabolic functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized in the body, and therefore are essential in the diet.
    -When feeding a complete and balanced diet, it is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian. Due to the practice of over supplementation, hypervitaminosis—poisoning due to excess vitamins—is more common these days than hypovitaminosis, or vitamin deficiency! Excess vitamin A may result in bone and joint pain, brittle bones and dry skin. Excess vitamin D may result in very dense bones, soft tissue calcification and joint calcification.
  6. Minerals are inorganic compounds that are not metabolized and yield no energy. These nutrients cannot be synthesized by animals and must be provided in the diet. In general, minerals are most important as structural constituents of bones and teeth, for maintaining fluid balance and for their involvement in many metabolic reactions.

CatBlog: Seniors for Seniors


senior for seniors program

Research shows that having a pet in the home has many positive health and emotional benefits, and adopting an older pet saves the life of a homeless shelter animal.

The Seniors-for-Seniors Adoption Program at Lollypop Farm eliminates adoption fees for seniors adopting older pets. Adoption fees are waived for senior citizens sixty (60) years and older who are adopting qualified pets that are six (6) years and older. This includes everything that normally comes with an adoption: spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, flea treatment, 30 day gift of pet health insurance, free exam with a veterinarian and ID tag.

For more information, speak with an Adoption Counselor when visiting the shelter.

Catblog: Vet Visit What to Expect?

Vet-Visit Questionnaire

Vet cradles kitten

Whether you’re visiting a new vet for the first time or bringing your cat for an annual checkup, it’s important to be prepared. The veterinarian will likely ask you a series of questions to determine your cat’s overall health and well-being.  Think you know your cat’s medical history backwards and forwards? Well, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the basics—print out our helpful questionnaire of things your vet might ask you during your visit.

1. How long have you had your cat?

2. Where did you get your cat?

3. Has your cat been vaccinated? Against what diseases?

4. What brand of pet food do you feed your cat?

5. Is your cat’s appetite normal? How much does he eat?

6. How much water does your cat drink?

7. Is your cat urinating and defecating regularly? Does he use the litter box every time?

8. What kind of litter do you use?

9. Is your cat displaying any of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing?
  • Sneezing?
  • Vomiting?
  • Diarrhea?

10. Has your cat lost or gained weight recently?

11. Have you noticed any significant changes in your cat’s behavior? (i.e. Is he vocalizing more than usual? Is he seeking more attention from you? Is he acting uncharacteristically aggressive?)

12. Does your cat spend time outside?

13. Has your cat ever suffered a serious health issue? If so, what treatment did he receive?

P.A.W.S. of NY Discount Vaccination Clinic

PetSaver hosts a discount vaccination clinic in our Greece store every other Saturday. The vet gives vaccines only, and does not do routine exams or see sick pets.

Clinic is every other Saturday
at the Greece PetSaver Only

Clinic Hours 10 am- 2:00 pm
Clinic Hours 4 pm- 7:00 pm

Please Click Here for more info and upcoming clinic dates