William Mattar Rescue a Shelter Animal Campaign

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November is Rescue a Shelter Animal Month at William Mattar and there are several ways you can participate! Enter your pet(s) photo in our photo contest, vote for your favorite submissions, or support your local animal shelter or rescue group through donations, volunteering, fostering, or rescuing an animal. All the details are below!


Time To Cast Your Vote for the William Mattar Pet Photo Contest

Our pet photo contest was developed to bring the community together over our love of giving back, helping others, and sharing the special bond we have with our pets. Each year, we ask the public to submit their pet photos and then cast votes on their favorite photos to celebrate our furry friends and support local animal shelters and rescue groups.

The winner of the William Mattar Pet Photo Contest will choose an animal shelter or rescue organization that we will give a monetary donation to. The winner’s pet will receive a goodie bag.


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Past Pet Photo Contest Winner

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Pictured above: William Mattar (on left), Phil Galuppi and his dog Demi (on right)

Demi, a two-and-a-half-year-old Mountain Cur mix was the grand prize winner of William Mattar’s 2020 Rescue a Shelter Animal Pet Photo Contest. The winning photo was submitted by Demi’s owner Phil Galuppi of Liverpool, New York.


  1. Must be a minimum age of 18 to enter and a New York State Resident.
  2. Submission period for the William Mattar, P.C. Pet Photo Contest begins on November 1, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. EST and ends on November 15, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. EST. All photo submissions must be submitted through www.williammattar.com. William Mattar, P.C. reserves the right to reject or remove any photo for any reason.
  3. Voting opens to the public on November 16, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. EST and ends on November 30, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
  4. Votes will only be accepted on www.williammattar.com.
  5. One (1) grand prize winner will be selected on or around December 1, 2022.  Winner will be announced on or around December 1, 2022.
  6. GRAND PRIZE: The contest entrant’s photograph that receives the most votes will be considered the grand prize winner, and the grand prize winner will select an animal shelter or animal rescue group to receive a minimum donation of $250.00 from William Mattar, P.C. The grand prize winner will also receive a gift bag (approximate value $50.00).
  7. VOTER PRIZE: Up to Five (5) registered voters will be selected to receive a stuffed Peanut Butter toy dog (approximate value of $10.00 each).
  8. See official contest terms and conditions.



Pets are beloved family members who bring years of happiness and joy to their families. They provide us with companionship and emotional support, which may reduce stress levels and feelings of loneliness. Pets stand by our sides during times of need, often posing the question, who rescued who?


As the cold weather moves in, William Mattar Rescue a Shelter Animal campaign highlights the importance of rescuing an animal in need from local shelters and rescues. All animals deserve a safe, warm, and loving home. Despite the hard work of shelters and rescues everywhere, it is estimated that millions of dogs and cats enter America’s shelters each year. Please consider rescuing or fostering an animal, donating, fostering, or volunteering at a local shelter or rescue. Every little bit helps.



Animal shelters and rescue groups are humane places overflowing with happy and healthy animals waiting for a home. Many animals that end up in shelters are usually there through no fault of their own typically because their human has a problem, such as an illness, divorce, or a move. Many animals living in shelters are already house-trained and are used to living with families, children, and even other animals.


Rescuing a shelter animal gives an animal a second chance, and you may also save it from being euthanized in an overcrowded kill shelter. Most rescue groups do not have brick-and-mortar facilities and depend strictly on foster homes for shelter and care. This can make it difficult to place animals in forever homes.


According to the Humane Society of the United States, each year, “more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and rescues and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.” Most animal shelters do their best to take in unwanted pets and rehome them, but the costs associated with medical care, food, and shelter add up, making it extremely challenging for everyone involved to keep up the good work.

By taking home a new pet, you also make room at the shelter for another animal with nowhere else to go. This is especially important for senior pets, as they typically get a bad reputation because of the stigma associated with their age and potential growing medical needs. Senior pets may have an extended stay at shelters, but it does not necessarily mean they are not loving and loyal companions.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we encourage the public to not only consider rescuing a shelter animal but to donate to shelters to help offset the tremendous costs associated with helping these animals find forever homes. Financial donations can give shelters the support they need to provide food, shelter, and medical care to homeless animals. Shelters and rescues are also in need of volunteer support.



Our Week #4 Rescue Spotlight – New 2 U Rescue

New 2 U Rescue does not have a shelter; all dogs live in foster homes so that we are best able to assess what type of home would be best for our foster dogs. Our goal is to ensure a good match between adopter and foster dog to ensure the dog has a home for life and won’t have to be moved again. We are based out of Rochester, NY. We adopt dogs out in the Rochester area, we will look at homes that are a few hours outside of the area if all requirements are met and appear to be a great match, but we do look at local first. We require an in-person meeting of family members and existing pets plus a home visit. This is obviously easier for adopters who live closer to us.

Meet this sweet shy boy Beau, a 6 month old male, moyen bernedoodle weighing 28 lbs. He is the most gentle, playful and wonderful and sweet boy – all things Beau! He’s young and will overcome his fears – of that I am sure – as he has done so well and come so far already!

Elmer is a French Bulldog born and  a Bills fan, 4/28/21 and weighs in at 36 lbs. Oversized and suspect that is why mill gave him up rather than keeping for breeding. He is a very easygoing boy, not bothered by much. He loves other animals and people. Follows his foster around the house and loves to get the other dogs to play.


Buffalo & Western New York Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Rochester Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Syracuse Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Albany Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Binghamton Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Elmira Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Utica Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups


Aid and Resources for Animals and Pet Owners


The humane work conducted by animal shelters and rescue groups extends well beyond traditional dog and cat pet options. More and more shelters and rescues have opened their doors to other animals, including guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, and even horses and livestock. If you are interested in opening up your home to a rescue animal but are looking for something a little bit different, a great resource to start with is The Pet Shelter Project.


If you or your family are looking to bring another little smile into your lives or maybe find your next best friend, then we encourage you to visit your local animal shelter or rescue.

When you adopt a pet, the cost of a spay/neuter, first vaccinations, and even microchipping may be included in the adoption fee. This may help save you some upfront costs when adding a new furry friend to your home. The animal you select may also be housebroken, which will allow you to save on training expenses.

If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller, or flea market, you may be getting a dog from a puppy mill. When you support a puppy or kitten mill you are supporting factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs and cats. Animals raised in puppy and/or kitten mills are housed in poor conditions with improper medical care, which may cause numerous medical or behavioral issues as a result. Mills confine the moms of these animals to cages to be bred over and over, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.

Puppy and kitten mills will continue to operate until they lose support. By rescuing a pet from an animal shelter, you will have peace of mind knowing that puppy and kitten mills will not be profiting.

ASPCA Facts: https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics

  • Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year
  • Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year
  • Approximately 40% of dog owners and 46% of cat owners learned about their pet through word of mouth
  • Approximately 23% of dogs and 31% of cats are obtained from an animal shelter or humane society
  • About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners



William Mattar Law Offices offers many helpful resources to help you find a shelter close to you. When you are ready to open your heart to a furry friend and give an animal a forever home, we sincerely encourage you to visit a local shelter or rescue group. We have links to over 100 shelters and rescue groups in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, Elmira, and Utica areas. If you know of a rescue group or shelter in New York State that you do not see listed below, please email [email protected] with the organization’s name and website link, and we will be glad to update our list.

In addition to rescue efforts, the shelters listed below welcome donations, supplies, and/or volunteers. Please visit their respective websites for more information.

At the bottom of this page, we’ve also included important links to resources and aid for animals and pet owners. If you are not in need of their services, please consider donations to help support their tireless missions of helping the smallest members of our community.

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