Los Angeles Filmmaker to Screen Movie to Benefit Local Animal Welfare Organizations


Buffalo, NY – Los Angeles filmmaker Jon Mancinetti will screen his award winning short film Loss and Found at the Riviera Theatre on April 11, 2018.  Jon’s film, started via a Kickstarter campaign, is currently on a national tour to share with his thousands of supporters. The event will feature:

  • PrePAWty at 5:00 PM with drink specials and raffles (Canal Club 62, 62 Webster St., North Tonawanda)
  • Movie Premiere at 7:00 PM (Riveria Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda)
  • Meet and Greet with Mancinetti and PostPAWty featuring a red carpet, raffles , and food and drink specials (The Dockside Bar and Grill)

Fix-A-Bull WNY, a bully breed spay/neuter program and Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue will be the beneficiary of funds raised at this event.  Fix-A-Bull WNY is thrilled to participate in this national touring event, organized by The Dockside Bar and Grill. Fix-A- Bull WNY has worked with local animal hospitals to spay or neuter almost 300 dogs in Erie and Niagara counties, preventing possibly thousands of puppies that could have overwhelmed local shelters and rescues.   Currently, there are over 50 dogs are on a waiting list to be spayed/neutered, and the funds raised this evening will be used for that purpose.  Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue has helped thousands of dogs find their ‘furever’ homes and currently has approximately 50 dogs in foster placement. Both organizations are run entirely by volunteers.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and are still available online https://lossandfoundbuffalo.eventbrite.com or at The Dockside Bar and Grill (153 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda 14120). 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Fix-A-Bull WNY and Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue.  In addition, every ticket will include a 15% off coupon for food purchased at Canal Club 62 and The Dockside Bar & Grill.

“Fix-A-Bull is honored to join Jon to showcase his film, while raising awareness of fostering. We are also very excited to collaborate with Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue. Collaboration among local rescue groups is critical for successful programs and awareness. When we work together, our community wins. All proceeds from this event will help fund our growing number of spay/neuter applications.  Fix-A-Bull fills that financial gap for those responsible bully breed owners that do not qualify for other spay/neuter programs. ” says Danielle Darowz-Grek of Fix-A-Bull WNY.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to https://lossandfoundbuffalo.eventbrite.com,

or leave a message at 716-310-7644 and a representative will return your call.

For More Information:

Loss and Found Movie Trailer http://mancinettipictures.com/
Fix-A-Bull WNY www.fixabullwny.org;   info@fixabullwny.org

Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue http://diamondsintheruffanimalrescue.rescuegroups.org


The Dockside Bar & Grill

Canal Club 62

Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center

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Girl Scout Junior Troop 30808:

As part of their Bronze Award, Troop 30808 will be collected non-perishable pet foods for donation to local food pantries.  The girls will also be selling fleece pet toys (proceeds to benefit local groups) and each adopted pet will receive a toy in their goody bag! The girls will be offering free face painting during the event as well.

Troop 30808

Boy Scout Troop 457:

Troop 457 will have food and drinks available for sale including hot dogs, chips, donuts, soda and bottled water.



Volunteers from the Western New York Chapter American Red Cross will be onsite promoting the Sound the Alarm campaign. Tsound-the-alarm-logo-299x205his spring, Red Cross volunteers and our partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide. Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country, providing a lifesaving service in our quest to reduce death and injury from home fires.

Keep watch as more rescues & vendors are announced!


Meet some of the adoptable animals that will be at Furtastic

Awesome Paws Rescue

  • ​The adoption fee for puppies under 1 year is $350 with a refund of $50 upon proof of completion of a puppy training course.

  • Adoption fee for dogs over 1 year is $300.

  • The adoption fee for dogs 8 and older is $150.

All of our adoption fees include the following:

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Age appropriate vaccinations

  • Dewormimg

  • Flea/tick treatment

  • Heartworm test (if the dog is over 6 months of age)

  • Microchip​



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Carter is male Rat Terrier who is 5 years old weights 10.2 pounds good with kids, crate trained, good on leash,medium energy level. Carter gets along with all.









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Hi! I’m Crackers. I’m a 10 week old border collie chow mix. I LOVE to wrestle and play with the dog at my fosters home. I sleep I’m my crate through the night and when my foster mom leaves the house. I’m working on potty training, I either go outside or on my puppy pad. If you are an active person looking for a dog that will have no problem keeping up, I’m the perfect dog for you.




Diamond is a 5 year old female Hound mix. She has had a rough start to life. At some point her left femur was broken, she has hip displaysia on her right side due to readjusting herself to walk with a broken leg. She had also given birth to a litter of pups in the past year and was found as a stray in the middle of a road with her babies. She is very shy at first but warms up quickly with whomever she spends the most time with. She loves to snuggle and hold hands, also loves belly rubs. She would do better in a home as the only dog as she is still learning how to share properly due to her time having to survive on her own. She is housebroken and loves to take walks. She will need daily pain meds and monthly heart worm meds to keep her healthy. If you have an open heart and the time she will make a great companion for someone.




Grizzly is a 10 year young 8 lb chihuahua mix. He is the happiest guy you’ll meet! He is good with dogs all sizes. He’s crate trained and working on potty training. Despite his age he still has a lot of spunk! If you want a dog that loves to play around, but also loves to curl up and cuddle with you, then look no further!









Jax is a 13 week old male Boxer/Shepherd mix. He weighs about 17 pounds and is full of energy! Jax’s favorite pastimes are playing with his brother Opie and snuggling with his humans. Jax is making good progress on walking on his leash and potty training! He’s good with other dogs and doesn’t bother the cats at his foster home at all. He’s also great with his little human friends!




My name is Laverne. I was born around 9/15/17. My foster mom says I’m AMAZING! I’m obviously adorable, I’m smart, playful, loving, and a really good girl. I go into my crate to sleep quietly at night, and always go to the bathroom outside when given the chance. I’m great with kids, the other dogs in my house, but haven’t met cats. Apply now to make me part of your family.





Lena (Lay-na) is a 16 month old Shepard mix looking for her forever family. She is house broken and crate trained, sleeping quietly overnight. She requires a family with patience, as she shows hesitation around loud noises, etc. She is nervous around men, although not aggressive, she barks at her foster Dad when he enters the room. She does however let him pet her and give her love. She is playful, and a home with another playful dog would suit her wonderfully. She loves her 3 foster dog siblings. (We don’t know about cats). She is an incredibly sweet girl, and deserves the best life has to offer. If interested apply now ❤️🐾




Meet Opie! Opie is a 13 week old male Boxer/Shepherd mix. He weighs about 17 pounds and is a sweet little guy. He loves to play with his brother Jax but is just as happy to curl up and take a nap. Opie is learning to walk on his leash and is starting to get the hang of this potty training thing! He’s good with other dogs and the cats are just another member of the family to him. He also does great with the little humans in his house!


Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue


Adoption fee is $300 and includes:

  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Age appropriate vaccinations
  • Heartworm test (if the dog is over 6 months of age)

*Adoption fee for dogs 6 years old and older is $150



Chi Chi

Chi Chi is a 6-7 year old male chihuahua of the long haired variety. Potty trained to go outside. Very loving lap dog. Good with both other dogs and cats.






Rocky is the sweetest 60-pound, 2.5 year old pit bull around. He’s got the sweetest demeanor and is so well-mannered.  He plays with his puppy foster brother and 100-pound foster brother very well.  Walks well on a leash and is working on crate training. His tail cruises and he loves to sniff. His favorite is booty scratches. Rocky is also good with kids and loves the dog park! This sweet boy deserves the world.





Hi there! My name is Taffy but my foster mom calls me “wiggles” or “Miss McGee” I am all around a wonderful dog. I play extremely well with my sister Toffee and my foster brother Fred. I also have four cat foster siblings that’s I don’t even bother ! I’m part boxer and part sweetheart. I did have a rough start to life, my foster parents can tell because if they move too quickly or raise their voice a little higher then normal I start to panic. But my foster mommy’s hugs always makes me feel better. I love love love giving kisses and cuddling. I walk okay on a leash and my foster rents are teaching me the whole going outside to pee thing. I’m such a gentle little girl looking for my forever home here in buffalo. I do alright off the leash, I don’t stray too far from my foster mom. I share toys and I take treats nicely. I even go in the kennel and don’t make a peep. I’m about one years old and I weight 43 pounds. I don’t know if I’ll get much bigger, but either way I’m okay with it. I know my forever family is out there, looking for me like I’m looking for them. Would you be willing to give me a chance? You will not be disappointed.




Meet Lilly who we call Pinky Lee because of her gorgeous pink skin tones. Lily is a white bird dog about 1 year old and a lean 47 lbs. She was saved at the last minute from a shelter in Georgia and we are very glad she made the trip.
We do not know much about Lilly’s past, she may have had an owner that did not treat her very well as she is a little afraid of loud noises. However, she is slowly learning to trust her foster family and feel safe and loved. She just needs a little time and patience to realize that not all people are bad. Once this shy girl shows you her fun side, you will fall in love. She is a fast learner and knows sit and is working on other commands. She will learn quickly since she loves food and treats of any kind She also loves her ears and belly rubbed and to be with her humans. She plays well with her 2 foster sisters and tires herself out. She is not sure what to make of the snow, but is getting used to going outside in the cold. She walks very nicely on a leash.
I do not think that she ever experienced a full belly, a soft bed, or a toy before she came to NY and is has been a pleasure to see her leave food in her dish and play tug of war. She is very affectionate and loves attention. She would love a home and a family to all her own. If you are interested in making her a part of your family, please apply!




Hello my name is Ebony. I am a very loving lab mix. I am two years old. I am a very active dog. I am really good with other dogs. I am great at meeting new people and new dogs. I walk well on a leash. I always want to be around my foster, whether that be when she is just walking around or laying on her lap. I know sit, lay and come. I am potty trained and crate trained.






Hi. I am Zena and I am from Texas. I am a 2 year old pit bull mix. I love to play and get belly rubs. I have had no accidents in the house. I walk well on a leash and harness. I sit and give paw. I sleep in my cage at night, however I would rather be by my human. I am protective over my foster mom and dad. I don’t want the other dogs near them, I don’t want to share the love and affection, can you blame me, never had it. It takes me time to warm up to the other dogs, but once I do, I play with them. If you are looking for a pup who loves and protects, I am your girl. Remember I am Zena, Princess Warrior.





Hi everyone, I’m George!! I’m a very handsome hound/lab and shepard mix that’s 4 years young. I’m a great guy who loves long walks and likes to cuddle on the couch. I know some simple commands, sit , speak, stay and lay down. Though I like to talk whenever food is around. I’m also 99% potty trained. I do knock on my foster moms door to go outside or I like to wake her up with a bark to let her know I have to go out. I’m very laid back and mellow.  I enjoy running in the yard chasing a tennis ball , and I like playing with toys. I’m great with kids of all ages as I’m very gentle for my size. I like to play with other dogs and don’t mind being around cats either! So if you would love all 52 pounds of me and want to meet me , let your volunteer know or get your apps in our awesome website.





Hi friends, I’m Coco! I’m a neutered 2.5-year-old male Terrier Mix from Georgia weighing in at 52 pounds (with a little more weight to be gained)! I’m told I’ve been doing excellent as I settle in in Buffalo – I potty on command outside and fall asleep in my crate, too. I’ve been really excited to explore what’s left of this white stuff outside and I walk well on my leash – sniffing things out is my favorite part! I know how to sit and I listen to my “no” command without trouble – my foster mom says that’s a big bonus! Yay me! I have a small doggy foster brother who I get along with great and I have a history of being good with cats and kiddos, too. I eat and play with my doggy friends without any trouble; I guess there really isn’t anything that gets me worked up. I take a minute to get warmed up and give you my trust, but once I do, I’m a big lover! My foster parents just can’t get enough of my calm and cool temperament – they say I’m an absolute joy to have around and the hugs I love to give make me extra special. I made the journey all the way up to Buffalo because it just felt like this was the place I was going to call home! If you’d like to help me make that happen, please apply to adopt me at buddysrescue.org!




Open Arms Rescue of WNY 

If you’re interested in any dog with Open Arms Rescue of WNY, please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries.
Our adoption fee is $225, cash or check, for every animal. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations/deworming and a 15lb bag of TLC Premium Pet Food (www.tlcpetfood.com)


visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries.


This big boy is a 5 yr old Cane Corso weighing in at 120 pounds. He is a total mush with a big bark then licks your hand 🙂 He’s housebroken, crate trained, great on a leash, good with other dogs, LOVES kids and OK with cats. He has a deformed front leg but doesn’t seem to affect him, can run on it! Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries about Zeus.



Mattie is a 10 yr old Schnauzer/Poodle mix! We was found as a stray, but now in a loving foster home  he is housebroken, crate trained and good with dogs and kids. Even though he’s overweight, Mattie loves to walk and will surely lose his winter weight.  Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries about Mattie.

Bruno Bruno

Bruno is a 2 yr old French Bulldog/Staffordshire mix. He’s housebroken, crate trained, great on a leash and loves his snuggles. He’s a shy guy because he got beat up by his siblings for being so mellow but he loves one on one attention. Good with other dogs and kids.  Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries about Bruno.

Rosa Rosa

Rosa is a 2 yr old female pitty mix, local stray, obedience trained ,up to date on vaccines, spayed, on heart worm preventative, crate trained, house broken, loves other dogs, not good with cats, LOVES kids! She was afraid of some men but with the help of a local trainer she is facing her fears and gaining confidence!!  Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries about Rosa.



Meet Lucky, a 3 yr old Neutered Male Purebred Papillon. He’s super playful, up to date on vaccinations, and likes other dogs, and cats. His foster is currently working with him on housebreaking and we’re sure he’ll get it down asap!  Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries about Lucky.



Hola everyone! My name is Bentley! I’m a Puerto Rican pooch looking for my forever home here in the US. I’ve been through a lot, I grew up on the streets, and people were not kind to me. I was injured pretty badly and I could barely walk. A really nice lady found me and said I was going to be alright, she was going to send me to a place near Buffalo NY! That’s where I met my foster family and we’ve been working really hard everyday, so I can run and play like all of my foster siblings! Even though I’m not the perfect dog, I promise I’m just as fun and loving as any other dog and maybe I’d be the perfect dog for you! -Bentley 🐾

Bentley has certainly put in the work, this 2 year old Beagle mix is ready for adoption! I was impressed by his resilience and strength from the moment I first saw him. He was dirty, emaciated, clearly injured and scared. When we at Open Arms found out that Bentley just needed to continue physical therapy, we knew we were the ones that could do it! Like all dogs, Bentley’s ability to trust and love knows no boundaries. He is house-trained, and UTD. He loves to play fetch and run outside but most of all he just wants to be with his human. Bentley has not mastered climbing stairs yet so we do carry him inside. Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email oarwny@gmail.com with inquiries about Bentley.


Buffalo Paws and Claws Animal Shelter


Cooper BPC  Cooper

Meet Cooper, a handsome little 5.5 month old male. He is loving, playful & loves belly rubs. He is a sweet baby boy! Cooper is good with other cats with introduction and we think he’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Cooper is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and neutered.



Juliet BPC  Juliet

Meet Juliet, a beautiful little 5.5 month old female. She is loving & playful after she gets over her initial shyness. She loves treats! Juliet is good with other cats with introduction and we think she’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Juliet is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and spayed.



Lily BPC Lily

Meet Lily, a beautiful little 5.5 month old female. She is very loving, full of energy & playful. Lily is good with other cats with introduction and we think she’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Lily is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and spayed.


Spot BPC  Spot

Meet Spot, a handsome little 5.5 month old male. He is very loving & playful after he gets over his initial shyness. He is a sweet baby boy! Spot is good with other cats with introduction and we think he’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Spot is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and neutered.



Meet Onyx, a handsome 3 year old male. He’s super sweet and loves giving kisses. No small kids (he’s scared of them).




Amy BPC Amy

Meet Amy, a beautiful little 11 week old female. She’s a loving & playful little girl. She’s a sweet baby girl!






Myrtle BPC  Myrtle

Meet Myrtle, a beautiful little 11 week old female. She’s a loving & playful little girl. She’s a sweet baby girl!





Carrie BPC  Carrie

Meet Carrie, a beautiful small 1.5 years old female. She’s a loving & playful little girl. Carrie is good with kids over 5 and MUST go to a home with another dog and fenced in yard. She’s a sweet baby girl!




Pets Alive WNY

Peter Pan


Pixie Mamas Rescue


Bronx – Chi/doxie puppy male 4 months
Buckeye Brownie
Buckeye Brownie – male Corgi mix
Cecil – 10 yr old Chihuahua (male)
Charlie – 1 year old Yorkie Poo (male)
Fawn – Chihuahua mix (female)
Felicity – 1 year old Female English Bulldog
Jupiter – 1 yr old JRT mix
Mickey – 12 yr old Shih Tzu (male)
Moose – 7 month old chihuahua/jrt mix male
PD – 1 yr old JRT mix
Porkchop – 1 yr old male Chug
Spindle – pit mix puppy 4 months, female
Talia – 1 year old Female English Bulldog
Trinket – 9 yr old yorkie mix (female)




Furtastic’s Featured Adoptable Pet

BasketsHello there! My name is Baskets and today I woke up and said to myself “Baskets my man, enough of this bachelor life and living on your own. It’s time for you to find that special someone to settle down with.” Before I came to stay with my friends here at Buffalo Cares I was homeless and picked up as a stray in North Carolina and went to a shelter there. A shelter is not a place where dogs like me can stay forever even though it was better than being on the streets by myself. They asked the kind folks at Buffalo Cares to please help me. And that’s what they did! Being the happy fellow that I am – I’ve worked hard to put all of the past behind me and I really am ready to start my new life with that special person who will love and care for me forever. My friends tell me that I am about 5 or 6 years old; not a puppy and not a senior either — I am “just perfect” according to my foster mom (awww shucks 🙂 I am basically a straightforward, tail wagging, fun-loving, live-in-the-moment kind of guy. My previous life was hard tho and sometimes new people or strange things might worry me. But if someone I trust helps me through it – I do just fine. My friends at Buffalo Cares have helped me to learn some important things like how to walk nicely on a leash, sit, down, place, and stay (stay is still hard because I just wanna be with my people). I’m a big, handsome, goofy bundle of happiness and enthusiasm so I need to join a family with adults or older children. And because I have waited so long, I really need to be the only pet in the home so I can have all the lovin’ you have to give. My needs really are simple and I just want to find a mature and experienced owner who’s ready to meet my every need and spoil me beyond my wildest dreams. Sound like you? If so – I would love to hear from you!

See Baskets’ profile and the list of other adoptable animals from Buffalo Cares at http://buffalocares.rescuegroups.org/


What To Expect At Our Adopt-A-Thon

Here are some of the most common questions people have regarding our adopt-a-thon:

Q: What is the cost to attend the event?

A: Admission to the event is free.  There will be pet-themed products for sale from various vendors and a local Boy Scout Troop will running a hot dog/snack stand.

Q: Which rescues will be participating?

A:  We are continuously adding to our list of participants.  Please click Who Will Be At Our Next Event to see all of the rescues, sponsors and vendors. Each participant’s logo or listing is hyperlinked to their website or Facebook page.

Q: What is the adoption process?

A: Each rescue has its own adoption process, please visit each rescue’s website or Cat dog 1Facebook page for details.  In general, most rescues require the following:

  • Completed adoption application
  • Applicants that are at least 21 years of age
  • Adoption fee/donation
  • Reference check (personal and/or veterinarian)
  • Home visit
  • Verification of lease agreement and/or landlord approval (renters)

Q: How much are the adoption fees?

A: Each rescue’s adoption fees vary.  Kittens and puppies are generally more expensive than cats and adult dogs. Purebreds are generally more expensive than mixed breeds.

Q: What is included with each adoption fee?

A: There is some variation among rescues, but in general all animals available for adoption have been:

puppy vaccineSpayed/neutered




Q: What kind of animals will be available for me to see at the event?

A: There will be puppies, dogs, kittens, cats and some animals (rabbits, rats, etc.).  Check back on our website and Facebook page for pictures of featured animals.

Q: Are all of the animals at the event available for adoption?

A: No, in some cases an animal may already have a new “Forever” family that has started the adoption process and will be picking up at the event.



Q: Will I be able to take my adopted pet home from the event?

A: In some cases, if the adoption process is complete a rescue may release an animal from the event.

Q:  What will I need to bring my pet home from the event?

A:  Each rescue will provide new pet families with requirements for taking adopted animals home.  Dogs and puppies should have a collar and leash.  Cats and kittens should have a collar and must travel in a cat carrier.

Q: How can I successfully find my new furry friend at this event?

A: WNY Furtastic encourages all attendees to come to our event prepared and ready to adopt.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Being a pet owner is a serious commitment, so do some research before arriving at the event.  Consider type of animal, breed, age, activity level, other household members (children and other pets).
  • Be open-minded. Puppies and kittens are adorable, but an adult animals need forever homes too and may be better suited for your situation. If an animal you had in mind is no longer available, there may be anoimg_1617.jpgther animal that was meant to be your forever friend.
  • Visit the websites/Facebook pages of the rescues that will be attending and see if they have available animals that you are interested in.  If so, complete the adoption application and other requirements ahead of time.
  • Arrive early.  Most of the rescues will bring all available animals in the morning, this will be the best selection.
  • Plan enough time. There will be many rescues to visit and each has a limited number of volunteers.  Please be patient as you wait to meet with a rescue volunteer, they want to make sure each one of their animals is placed with a loving forever home.
  • Leave other pets at home.  Unless you have made arrangements with a rescue for an onsite “Meet and Greet” with your existing household pet(s), we ask that you leave pets at home.


Latest Adopt-a-Thon is Huge Success

WNY Furtastic partnered with the Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services on September 9, 2017 to host a combination Adopt-a-Thon and Emergency Prepare-a-Thon at their training and operations center in Cheektowaga.

Hundreds of community members turned out to adopt a pet and check out all of the great resources Erie County has to keep us safe and prepared. Thank you to all of the vendors and our host for making this event such a huge success.