February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

Wags to Wellness Photo Contest celebrates how dogs help keep us healthy! Send us a photo of you (or you and your family) out walking your dog(s) and a $10 donation. Then let your friends know to start voting on February 14th. Only TWO weeks left to enter!

1st Place prizes valued at OVER $900:

  •  Vintage 1950’s diamond heart necklace in 14 karat white gold on a 17-inch 14 karat white gold chain. (Donated by Sarah’s Vintage and Estate Jewelry.)
  •  Personalized acrylic on canvas pet portrait by WNY artist Paige Clark.
  •  $100 gift card to Home Depot.
  •  A surprise gift or two just for fun!

2nd Place prizes valued at OVER $500:

  • His & Hers Bikes
    •  Kent 26″ Bayside Men’s Cruiser Bike – Satin Cocoa.
    •  Huffy 24” Cranbrook Women’s Comfort Cruiser – Blue.
  •  Aria Air Fryers AAO-890 Oven Air Fryer, 10Qt, Premium Black.
  •  $100 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  •  A surprise gift just for fun!

3rd Place prizes valued OVER $250. See these prizes on our website.

  •  Submissions Accepted:  Jan 1 – Feb 13, 2021, at 8:00 pm EST.
  •  Voting Opens on Facebook:  Feb 14, 2021, at approx. 12:00 noon EST.
  •  Winners Announced:Midnight, Feb 28, 2021
  • Winners Announced:  March 1, 2021

    Visit our website for more info and to view the prize packages!

What’s Next?

Our fundraising team is putting together an online auction this spring. The auction theme is Collectors’ Items. Sports memorabilia, Action figures, Trading cards, Collectors plates, Precious Moments, Willow Tree, Collectable toys, Dolls etc. 

We are looking for donations!  Please reach out to us at with donations or leads! Thanks!

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Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Super Star Volunteer Robyn Stevens!

On December 9, 2019, White Whiskers was pretty much just an idea. We were working on the procurement of our 501c3, and we were holding Town Hall Meetings in libraries throughout Niagara and Erie Counties to attract new volunteers.

December 9 was at the Grand Island Memorial Library. And that’s where Robyn Stevens appeared and announced she would be doing a block sale for us in the summertime.

We knew nothing about COVID at the time, and everything seemed possible. I remember thinking that was a really generous offer. But having been a part of many yard, garage and block sales in the past, I had minimal expectations.

Robyn came to Whiskers’ ‘Even Old Dogs Need Love’ Valentine’s event. With her she brought two big old bulldogs in a stroller to get their photos taken with Cupid. They were absolutely precious! But I still had no idea what kind of a goldmine I had stepped into the day Robyn decided to join up with us.

That became apparent when we held Robyn’s block sale on July 24 & 25th of 2020. It was hot as heck and COVID was an issue, but that block sale made over $9,000 for Whiskers!!! UNBELIEVABLE!

Since then, Robyn has proven her super value to us 100 times over! She ran the auction (with next month’s star volunteer) which was a screaming success! Her ideas and guidance have been spot on. In short, she is indispensable to our organization! And we are truly grateful for her talents and enthusiasm for our cause.

We had a couple of questions for her:

Q: Do you have a favorite movie featuring a dog?

A: Men in Black- my first dog on my own was a fawn pug named Hercules.

Q: What is the one thing your dogs eat that gets YOU salivating?

A: My dogs get people food from time to time. We spoil due to mostly adopting seniors or special needs. So def. PIZZA.

Q: Which kind of dog most resembles your personality?

A: Well I took an online quiz. One said Lab and the other was Pug.

We just want to say a BIG thank you to Robyn, one of our 5 Paws volunteers!

– Polla Milligan, Founder & Director

We need your help!

Do you enjoy talking on the phone? Do you have 4 hours, one day a week, to volunteer for us?

We are considering adding a phone line, dedicated to White Whiskers. We are thinking to keep it open 4 hours a day, Monday through Friday, so we are looking for volunteers willing to take a shift, one day a week. Calls will be forwarded to your phone from the White Whiskers line.

We have no way to know how many calls there will be, but we will give you all the information you will need. And if there are questions or concerns you don’t know how to address, you can always take down a number, and we can call that person back.

Right now, we don’t have a White Whiskers’ phone number, and I have been answering the calls on my personal phone. But with all the other things I tackle during the day, this has become a bit overwhelming.

If you think you might be interested, please send an email to

A Note From Our Founder 

Besides being a place of comfort and love for homeless old dogs, another thing we are planning to do is use our facility for entertainment and education. We intend to ask musicians to perform on our lawns. We want artists to do installations inside the house. We will offer seminars by experts on all kinds of topics – not just dog-related.  (Imagine hearing about wine-making or how to write a short story with one or two of our dogs on your lap!!)

We know Mary Gross, our resident artist, will be happy to conduct some art classes!

We want micro-chip clinics and information on keeping your pup healthy and happy. And we will invite kids to come read to the dogs (thereby practicing their reading skills.)

We want fun events too! Yoga with dogs, dog Reiki, dog psychics and people psychics, picnics, and birthday parties. We will invite local rescues and shelters to join us for fundraisers.

There will be a nice, clean kitchen so people can stash a lunch or make themselves a tea or coffee. And so that no one is left out, everything will be wheel-chair accessible.

Tell us what you think would be important or what you would like to see. At this point, we are determined to enact as many exciting ideas as we can!

Got an idea? Please send here:

Polla Milligan & The White Whiskers Team

White Whiskers Senior Dog Sanctuary