How to Help: City of Buffalo Animal Shelter is Looking for Adoptive Pet Parents

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Written by Molly Webster

Published on March 27, 2020


Have you heard? Due to Covid-19, we’ve temporarily changed our motto to “Stay In, Buffalo”.  And for the foreseeable future we will be posting content that shares how our community can continue to support local businesses while adhering to guidelines set by the CDC.⁠


When the Covid-19 pandemic began, buildings run by the City of Buffalo were officially closed on March 16, 2020 as of 9pm. That meant from 3pm on March 16, no volunteers or adopters from the public would be allowed into the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. This would drastically reduce the human interaction for the animals, walks for the dogs, playtime for cats, space available in the shelter, and the potential for adopters to come in. The shelter would be functioning on minimal staff to care for the animals’ basic needs.

Upon the announcement of the closure, the shelter staff and volunteers jumped into overdrive. Director of the shelter, Kelly McCartney, and senior volunteer Kerry Neaf worked through the next few days and nights to safely place as many animals as possible into foster homes. Countless Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter volunteers stepped up to foster cats and dogs IMMEDIATELY. The remainder of the animals were placed through local rescues.


While all of the current residents at the time were placed into foster homes and rescues, new animals find themselves at the shelter every day.


Adopt and/or donate! Local rescues and shelters (check out the full list here) are in desperate need of donations. Since a primary way they raise money is through fundraising events, which have all been cancelled til further notice, donations will be greatly appreciated. Adoptions are also a huge help, as not only do you save the life of a pet in need but you also help clear an opening for another pet to be saved.

If you’re interested in adopting an animal that is currently with a rescue organization, being fostered by shelter volunteers, or is newly arrived at the shelter you can find all available pets on Petfinder along with the contact information for their fosters. There are more and more animals being put up for adoption every day, so check back often! Once you find a pet you’re interested in, fill out an application online here and/or contact the foster parent via their Petfinder profile.

And make sure to watch the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter Facebook and Instagram pages as they will highlight new cats, dogs, and other pets when they become adoptable!


Friends of CBAS wants to thank all the shelter staff, including director Kelly, volunteers and local rescues for coming together in this time of need for the animals! They also want to thank Elmwood Pet Supplies, Buffalo Barkery, and Casa Di Pizza for endless support.

Please note that as stray cats and dogs come in they will have to wait out their stray hold, be assessed and will then be placed into foster or up for adoption for the time being. If your animal is lost please call the city shelter at 851-5694 and leave a message – remember they are very busy and will return your call as soon as possible.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Molly Webster</a>

Written by Molly Webster

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