July 2024

July 2024 Newsletter

Stop by our Open House in August!

Save the dates, August 10th & 11th from Noon – 4pm at 35 Lewis Rd in Akron NY.

Our August newsletter will have all of the details!

We are participating in the Give716 fundraiser again this year!

We will be posting & emailing you the details soon! The fundraiser begins on 7/16.

Just another story about the wonderful-ness of senior dogs!

I have an 11 year old malchi (maltese-chihuahua mix) named Vincenzo Ravioli, who was surrendered when his 87 yr old owner passed. I foster & once he came into my house I knew I wasn’t gonna let him go.

He is extremely bowlegged in the front & he can’t really bark. He has an “old man shriek” happening when he opens his mouth. Vet says he was not debarked, so I have no idea why he sounds this way.

I now foster for 7 Hearts Maternity Rescue & he thinks he is the father to every single litter that comes into the house, hovering over the pups & trying to keep everyone in line.

Anyone who meets him immediately falls in love. My Sicilian gramma used to always demand I bring home “a nice italian boy”. Well, it took 40 yrs & he is a dog…but I finally found him Gramma!

We need baked goods & baskets!

We are looking for individually wrapped baked goods, & baskets for our event on July 27th. If you would like to donate, and would like to arrange pickup please respond back to this email or call Bonnie at 716-525-5334. Otherwise all donations can be dropped off at the Sikora Post on July 27th any time before Noon.

Sikora Post 950 Payne Ave, North Tonawanda, NY

Help us raise money to build out our volunteer kitchen!

We might be the luckiest cause around. Nichols School’s 7th graders (Class of 2029) chose us as their favorite charity this year! And because of that, they created a very artistic and special jigsaw puzzle. Then they partnered with Buffalo Games which is the largest jigsaw puzzle maker IN THE WORLD!! Buffalo Games produced 3,000 – 300 piece puzzles for us to sell. They are $15 each and White Whiskers receives $12 from the sale of each puzzle! That is an amazing return for us.

We are going to use the puzzle funds to create our volunteer and guest kitchen. This is where we will bake and cook all kinds of wonderful things as well as hold some free cooking and baking classes and throw some potluck and holiday get-togethers. We will also dedicate our kitchen to Nichols School Class of 2029 and Buffalo Games who made this campaign possible! Ribbon cutting ceremony and placement of a plaque in tribute to our benefactors will transpire. Nichols Class of 2029 and Buffalo Games will always be an important part of the White Whiskers Senior Dog Sanctuary!

If you would like to help us reach our goal and create our kitchen, please contact Polla Milligan at or call 716-713-1093.

We are so very fortunate that the The Matthew Foster Foundation who invites us to partner with them every year, has done so again!

The winner receives two Buffalo Bills 2024 Club Seat Season Tickets.

The seats are under cover, in the heated area. Section 238, Bills’ side. You also receive premium parking!

The winner will be drawn on August 5 at the East Aurora Country Club after a golf tournament.

Tickets are 1 for $10; 3 for $20; 8 for $50 and 20 for $100. Please email us at with your name, contact info and quantity that you would like to purchase. And then send the correct amount via Venmo @Polla-Milligan or send a check to White Whiskers POB 366 Buffalo NY 14225.

Looking to volunteer at the Sanctuary?

We know some of you have waited forever to hear from us, and some of you are brand new. Some of you may have already filled out the volunteer form on our website BUT we still need you to fill out the form below. Filling out this form will ensure that you will be on the email list and will receive information about our mandatory volunteer orientation and training. We will talk hours, jobs, etc in the coming weeks. But for now please fill out the form so that we can keep you updated as we get closer to opening our doors!

If you filled out this form in last month’s newsletter hang tight, you will be hearing from us in August!

A Very Special Thank You…

Our wonderful friend Jackie connected us with the ever generous Valu Home Center, and they are donating all of the paint and painting supplies we need to finish our sanctuary!!!! That is a huge expense, and right now, while funds are tight for us, this is a donation like gold to us! And Sherwin-Williams paints are the VERY BEST!!! How can we be so fortunate? THANK YOU VALU!