The Rose Gardenimage of reclining cat lying on a background of roses

"where animals grow happy"



Turtles and Tortoises - a powerpoint presentation for Zoo Docents



With all the recent recalls, how do you choose a reliable and safe brand to feed your pet? Some links below may help. Distributors and sellers of top quality "human-grade ingredient" foods are well informed about the companies who supply the products they sell, and can help you decide which brand is best for your pets' situation.

Foods NOT on the recall list (courtesy of Petsit USA -- a good starting point, includes information about where each company manufactures their food and more)

Local Resources
Golden Tails (located on Transit Rd. just North of Genesee St. in the Bella Vista complex)
Natural Pet Pantry (for free delivery of Eagle Pack brand and other pet foods in the Buffalo area)
Treats Unleashed (located in Northtown Plaza, between Sheridan Dr. and Eggert Rd.)


Finding reliable information about the health of your pets online is a risky business. In addition to well-meaning folks who post anecdotal information, there are a ton of unscrupulous entrepreneurs looking to sell you stuff, however unreliable or dangerous it might be.

As a medical librarian, I urge you to read Christie Keith's article on "YOUR WHOLE PET -- I read it on the Web: A pet owner's guide to finding good pet health information online" (if the link does not work, try ). The article covers the basic "3Cs" of web site evaluation that we teach as librarians: currency, credentials, and common sense!


Living with Blind Pets
(excerpted from several sources)
Some things you can do to ensure that a blind pet is safe and can get around your house easily:

Pets with Disabilities

(Some of these links include information on low-cost spay/neuter clinics)

City of Buffalo Animal Shelter
Feral Cat Focus of Western New York
Rabies Information for Erie County, NY including link to free clinics

Pets Alive WNY
Second Chance Sheltering Network
Siamese Rescue local contact: Ginger D. Schröder 716-863-4000
Ten Lives Club


Amherst Small Animal Hospital
Located at 2217 Kensington Ave., Snyder, NY 14226-4889, 839-1100. Also includes the Amherst Animal Pain Management center. Unique approach to veterinary care in longer times scheduled for each appointment, and focus on safety and pain control. They also frequently rescue kittens and cats that are put up for adoption in their facility.

Central Park Animal Hospital
Located at 2715 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214, 835-3369. Dr. Ed Latson and Dr. Susan Persico are a dynamic husband and wife team who together provide comprehensive medical and surgical veterinary care. They aren't always able to take new clients, so please call and inquire first.

Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society
Offers programs and advice to those seeking to learn about proper pet care. Annually the NFVS donates more than a quarter of a million dollars in free and reduced cost services to the community through such vehicles as the free rabies clinics, low-cost spay and neuter programs, and its Free First Visit program through the Erie & Niagara County SPCAs and area pet stores. NFVS also sponsors the "miniVet School" every Fall.


If you rescue, you're an animal lover! What could be better than spending a day in natural settings, watching our fellow creatures in their native habitats? For a listing by county, visit WNY Outdoors, which includes private, town, county and state lands. The NYS Department of Conversation District 9 page includes all of the areas with maps. Listed below are just a few of our favorites.

Great Baehre Swamp State Wetlands
    From the I-290 Exit 5, go east on Maple Road, turn left on Hopkins Road.  The Conservation Area will be on your right after you pass Klein Road.  Further north, before Heim Road on the left side of Hopkins, is the state wetlands and the Margaret Louise Park bike path.

Hampton Brook Woods Wildlife Management Area
     A unique wildlife habitat and wooded area south of Eighteen Mile Creek and west of East Eden Road. 
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (including Oak Orchard and Tonawanda State Wildlife Management Areas -- formerly known as the Alabama Swamps)
From exit 48A (Pembroke) on New York State Thruway (I-90), NY-77 north to Alabama, NY-63 north to left turn on Casey Road at refuge direction sign. Refuge headquarters/visitor center is one mile on right.
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center
     Located in the Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve - a unique 292-acre complex of forests, ponds, and wetlands surrounded by suburban development. Reinstein Woods offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families and people of all ages. In addition to free guided tours of the woods, DEC offers a variety of special programs each month, including snowshoe and ski adventures, walks on seasonal topics, and a fall nature festival. DEC invites you to visit this fascinating area!
Tifft Nature Preserve
     Located on Fuhrman Boulevard, off Route 5, and south of the city near the shoreline of Lake Erie.  Traveling north from the Southtowns on the Skyway, pass Tifft Street and exit to the parking area.
Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area
      A wetland area southwest of the village of Clarence along Shisler Road and Tillman Road. 


Did you know the Buffalo Zoo is open all year round? Winter is a great time to come and see the new Rainforest exhibit, which is a toasty 75 degrees all year -- a spectacular waterfall, rope foot bridge, and an amazing array of South American wildlife are not to be missed! Check out the beautiful Ocelots, Giant Anteaters, Vampire Bats, Pirhana, and variety of birds and monkeys.


Yes indeed, we have LOTS of cats -- The Rose Cats

Comments to Pamela M. Rose or wander over to visit Joel S. Rose

Revised 4 April 2016