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The Tonawandas

February 22, 2014

TONAWANDA: A four-legged cause


Tonawanda News — A friendly American Staffordshire terrier named Niblet, for example, was at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, where he was deemed aggressive following a stay at a foster home. Shelter volunteers contacted Buffalo C.A.R.E.S. and asked for their help.

“We had another evaluation done, and it turns out he just nibbles a little and is not at all aggressive,” LaVango said. “We are working with him and helping him with his house manners.”

The rescue is now looking for a foster home for Niblet so he can start becoming accustomed to living in a house, LaVango said.

Another dog, Moe, is in need of eye surgery, and Buffalo C.A.R.E.S. is fundraising to make that possible and end the animal’s discomfort. 

To assist Moe, Niblet and dozens of other dogs, the group is in need of donations, volunteers and foster homes.

“It has been growing much faster than we thought it would,” LaVango said. “We have volunteers who do transports and pick up donations. We need people who are good at fundraising and really those with all kinds of different skills. It’s not just fostering.”

Steggal said their goal is to one day set up their own volunteer-staff center where the dogs can stay while waiting for their owners to come along.

“That’s our dream, but we are just getting started,” she said.

For more information, visit Buffalo C.A.R.E.S. at

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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