February 2024 Newsletter

Have you heard about our Easter event?

A VERY special thank you to Perry’s!

We wanted to thank Perry’s Ice Cream Team Members’ Community Returns Program in our new hometown of Akron., NY. They are our partners for the first half of 2024!!! So we had this banner made and we proudly hung it on our property!

Sanctuary Update…

Update from Polla, Founder and Ex. Director:
We are still working hard on the sanctuary. Some doors and windows have now been installed. We are waiting for the final touches on the plumbing and electric, and then the insulation, followed by the drywall will be added.

We are looking for sponsors for our volunteer kitchen, the dog living quarters – remember, NO KENNELS!, the meeting room, the outdoor covered patio and fencing, the butterfly garden and the Memory Garden. If anyone is interested or if you know anyone who might be, please reach out to me at

Tours are available at the same email address!

Thank you for your continued support and patience!!!!

– Polla

We are looking for items…

We are looking for items for our spring online auction:

  • Mothers day gifts
  • Candles, perfume,  jewelry, purses, pamper items etc.
  • Fathers day gifts
  • Sports, tools, cologne. grilling, beer, coffee, etc.
  • Spring decor

If you would like to donate please reply back to this email to arrange pick up or drop off! All donations must be in by 4/1 to give out wonderful team time to add them to the auction!

Senior Success Story

“In October 2023, I adopted Asha. She is an 11 year old Beagle. I found her on the White Whiskers Senior Dog Adoptables FB page. As soon as I saw her I was drawn to her. Let me tell you about this beautiful dog. Asha is the happiest dog I have ever known. She is a snuggle bug who has to sleep under the covers right up next to me. She is just the sweetest soul. Asha loves having a canine sister who she follows around inside and outside the house.

There are so many reasons to adopt a senior dog. My reason was my age. I worried that I might not be there for a younger dog and what would happen to my beloved dog if something happened to me? That is how I started taking in older dogs. What I learned from that is how delightful they are. They seem to know they have been adopted, and are grateful. I am so glad I found my precious Asha on White Whiskers. Thank you White Whiskers.”

–       Sherry Johnson

We are also in need of…

  • Baskets & Gift Cards for our Easter Basket Raffle

If you would like to donate please reply back to this email to arrange pick up or drop off!

Good to know… Valentines Edition!

Valentine’s Day is another great excuse to show your dog how much you love them with a special toy or treat, taking them for a long walk, or cuddling on the couch. However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, be aware that many holiday traditions can pose a hazard to your pet. 

  1. Chocolate and Candy

It may be a traditional Valentine’s Day gift to exchange with other people, but chocolate is absolutely off-limits for dogs. Although harmless to humans, chocolate contains both caffeine and theobromine, which can cause serious and potentially fatal health issues in dogs. These substances affect a dog’s heart and central nervous system, and the more they ingest, the more serious the consequences. Candy, particularly the sugar-free kind, can contain xylitol. This sugar substitute is also found in gum, mints, some types of peanut butter, baked goods, and many surprising household products. Xylitol is toxic for dogs and can cause severe hypoglycemia (lower than normal blood sugar levels) or even liver failure if they eat it. 

  1. Cakes and Cookies

Baked goods- even without chocolate- can contain dangerous foods like cinnamon, which can irritate the lining of the mouth and lower blood sugar, or macadamia nuts, which are one of the most dangerous foods for dogs. Especially if you don’t know the exact ingredients, keep all baked goods out of your dog’s reach.

  1. Flowers and Plants

Flowers are another traditional Valentine’s gift, but not all plants are safe for your dog. Many common bouquet varieties, like lilies, chrysanthemums, or tulips, can make your dog ill if they eat them, irritating their mouth or intestines and causing vomiting, drooling, and diarrhea. Flowers such as roses can also have thorns that can get stuck in your dog’s paw or nose if they decide to investigate too closely.

  1. Gift Wrap, Ribbons, and Balloons

Dogs love to explore anything you’ve touched, and discarded gift wrap and trimmings are no exception. Especially if they’ve been wrapped around food or other smelly items like candles or cologne. But ribbons, strips of paper, and tape can all pose a choking hazard if your dog tries to eat them. Watch out for balloons as well. They can frighten your dog when they pop, and the pieces of remaining rubber or latex pose a choking or obstruction risk if ingested.

  1. Candles and Alcohol

Nothing says Valentine’s Day romance like candles and a bottle of wine, but keep both away from your dog, for obvious reasons! Open flames are dangerous because your dog could accidentally cause a fire if they knock the candle over or bump it with their tail, and alcohol can cause serious problems if your pup licks up any spills.  

– From Board Member Liz Vetrano