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2023 BBQ Chicken Dinner

Chiavetta's BBQ Chicken Dinner. The dinner will include 1/2 chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, roll and butter. 

Presale tickets $14.00; presale ends on May 19th. After May 19th and at Door tickets are $15.00 until sold out. Tickets can be purchased by calling (716) 939-1451

Location: South Buffalo Charter School, 154 Ogden St, Buffalo 14210

All proceeds benefit the Buffalo CARES Animal Rescue.

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*Please include your name, contact number, description of animal and reason for surrender. Please also let us know if you are able to keep animal in your home until an adoptor is found.


We’re making this post to talk about decompression when bringing a new animal into your home. We’ve recently had an increase in returns on newly adopted dogs. Dogs that come back to us through no fault of their own. Dogs that are returned and are living in homes with other dogs and kids, just as they were prior to being adopted.

We are frustrated.

These dogs then get relisted, and people wonder what’s wrong with them - because it must be the dog, right? It’s like when a house is pending and then relisted. It looks like there’s something bad about the house but in all reality the buyers financing fell through.

The truth of it all, is that it all comes down to decompression. It is one of the most important things we stress when adopting out our animals. It’s so important, in fact, that it’s a specific piece of our contract.

Newly adopted dogs need decompression and structure. They need YOU to guide them. All of our dogs come from all different backgrounds and experiences. It is completely normal, when adapting to a new home environment for them to revert back or be nervous. There is where YOU come in as their leader. They need you to listen to the advice given to use by trainers. They need you to guide them, to tell them it’s ok.

And please note, guiding them absolutely does not mean free run of the house, immediate access to a bucket of toys, laying on beds and couches, having new people over to meet them etc. It does not mean letting them lose in the house to grab all the toys, jump on other animals, jump on furniture and be pushy. These are allowing insecurity to set in and are detrimental to the dog. You can’t do these things and expect it to miraculously work out.

Guiding them means restricting visitors, toys, food, interactions with resident animals until they can get their bearings straight. It means setting a schedule. It means taking the full two weeks to a month to allow them to settle. It means every reward is earned until they can truly relax again. This is SO critical that it’s part of our contract. And yet, returns are increasing.

We are frustrated.

We see the email 24 hours after adoption - dog is guarding toys. Dog is jumping on the kids. You lied about dog and they must be gone today.

  • What we really see - dog can do whatever he/she wants and they are insecure so they are acting out.
  • What we really see - a newly adopted dog who isn’t dragging a leash to be corrected. 
  • What we really see - A dog that has complete free roam of the house and is insecure so they are taking the toys and rough housing with the kid.
  • What we really see - absolutely no boundaries and decompression.


So we take dog back. Into his foster home with three other dogs and three kids. And dog has structure. Dog doesn’t have unlimited access to everything. And guess what. Dog thrives. Dog is the great dog we adopted out.

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  Lucy Love
Hi my name is Lucy Love. I’m a beautiful one and a half year old Catahoula Leopard mix. I’m a very playful girl. My foster mom tells me I’m very smart and learn quickly. I’m also potty trained and a very good girl in my crate. I love to run around and play with the big resident dog in my foster home. I also love to hop in a lap for some snuggles and have more about Lucy Love
Hi, my name is Piper, and I am a 3 year old Chihuahua mix. My foster Mom says I am the cutest girl and I have long legs just like a model. I am potty trained and crate trained. I enjoy the company of other dogs. I love to play with toys and chew on bones. With lots of love and attention, I know we can become best friends. So, what do you say, would you like to meet me? If so apply to adopt more about Piper
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m a sweet 10-month old Red Heeler mix. I am playful and energetic, but I also like to relax and watch TV while cuddling with my foster mom. My foster siblings are cats and 3 big dogs. I get along great with all of them and am pretty respectful of the cat's space. According to my foster family, I’m a very smart girl and a quick learner. I’m more about Heidi
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Adoption Event -- Saturday June 3rd, 2023
Bottle and Can Return with a Hot Dog Sale -- Saturday June 10th, 2023
Adoption Event -- Wednesday June 21st, 2023
Adoption Event -- Saturday June 24th, 2023
Adoption Event -- Saturday September 2nd, 2023