Submitted by EARS Group

Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS) recently received a call about abandoned animals in an unheated house. We had to help immediately.

There were an estimated 40 animals in the house and, over the course of five days, we trapped 74 cats, kittens and mothers-to-be! Soon, every available kennel and all our foster homes were full. As of March 1, the cat/kitten count is up to 89 with more still to come. Caring for them has become a large task for a very small foster group.

This is by far the largest rescue we have ever completed and we are asking for your support in this enormous undertaking. EARS is in desperate need of cat litter, litter boxes, litter box scoopers, canned cat food, paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, large-size garbage bags, cleaning spray, and monetary donations to help us pay for vetting services and necessary medications. Each animal we take in is fully vetted including dewormed, flea treated, vaccinated and, of course, spayed or neutered before we adopt them out. Each cat rescued from this one home will cost our group over $100 to pay for vet care alone, which doesn’t include their daily care.

Empire Animal Rescue Society is an incorporated 501(c)(3) small group of volunteers based in Salamanca, N.Y. Our mission is to rescue and provide medical care to unwanted, neglected and abused animals, and find them loving homes. All donations are tax deductible.

We will be at Katy’s Cafe at 10 Washington St. this Saturday, March 9 collecting supplies and monetary donations. Katy’s Cafe is a pet-friendly business so please stop down and see us, or drop off donations any time and they will get them to us. We will also be selling our famous gourmet dog biscuits to help support the animals. Thank you to all of the adopters out there and please consider adding another to your family.

Anyone wishing to support EARS can also drop off cans or bottles at Central Beer and Redemption Center on Central Avenue in Salamanca, during our can and bottle drive through the end of March, or drop off supplies and donations at the City Clerk’s Office in Salamanca’s City Hall. We will also accept gift cards for gas, Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply Company, PetCo and Pet Smart for supplies.

Please mail gift cards or checks to: EARS, 2 Fancher Ave., Salamanca, N.Y. 14779, or make a payment PayPal at We will mail you a tax-deductible receipt.

For more details, please email or call (716) 378-3576.  Check out adoptable pets at and “like” us on Facebook at Empire Animal Rescue Society.

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