Joyful Rescues

Founded in 2003 by four passionate women, Joyful Rescues has placed over 19,000 cats and dogs into loving forever homes. Our rescue takes in cats, dogs, puppies and kittens from abandoned/owner surrenders, puppy mills, and high kill shelters. While awaiting to be adopted, we provide safe housing, quality food, love, and medical treatment (including vaccinations, de-worming, flea treatment, and spay/neuter) to all pets in our care. Our cats have their own "cat house" to romp and play or lounge on perches and gaze out the windows. Our dogs have a kennel building (dog house) for puppies and recently received dogs (during their 14 day quarantine period). Once spayed/neutered they come into the human house which has a doggie door open 24/7 to 8 acres of fenced-in lawn, woods, and even a pond for swimming! Although we are based in Cuba, NY, the Greater Rochester Area has become our focus and we are excited by the great strides we have made and the incredible generosity of the Rochester Community this year: 🐾Over half of all adoptions that take place from Joyful Rescues go to loving homes in and around Rochester. 🐾Our Rochester volunteer group has taken on a life of its own with over 300 volunteers assisting on adoption days at Webster PetSmart as well as special events including the RIT Puppy Fest, Paws U of R Puppy and Cat Stress Buster, The Artful Gardener Annual Cabin Fever, Anthropologie's Sit-Stay-Love event at Eastview Mall, ROC & Soul Fitness Yoga with Puppies, The Enchanted Rose Garden Fundraiser and the list goes on. 🐾Our foster program has grown in Rochester as many of our local volunteers foster cats and a dog (or two) in the comfort of their home teaching them how to love, be loved and how to acclimate to the daily life of a home. 🐾We accept many pets from shelters around Rochester, including Rochester Animal Services on Verona Street, and dogs and cats surrendered from pet owners in Rochester and surrounding communities. 🐾Several Rochester area businesses and individuals have donated to sponsor transports of hundreds of dogs and cats. Since July of 2015, Joyful Rescues has partnered with the Humane Society of Buchanan County (VA), where the euthanasia rate is at its highest, to coordinate the transport of these dogs and cats safely to upstate NY and get them adopted into their forever homes. 🐾Joyful Rescues is also working to educate Rochester youth through presentations on the purpose of a rescue, reasons animals become homeless, where dogs and cats live while at the rescue, medical treatments provided, why spay/neuter is so important and why love, kindness, and compassion is so very necessary to all companion animals and any other living being, including humans. These workshops have been held in elementary classrooms, scout troops, church groups, youth groups, student councils and more. We would like to thank the Greater Rochester Area community for their continuous support and generosity. We couldn't be where we are today without you and we are so grateful for the unwavering enthusiasm for our collective cause. The need is great and Joyful Rescues is committed to saving hundreds of precious lives in 2021. Thank you!

We focus on: Animals, Education

Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates


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