Shelter Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday open until 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Extended shelter hours for The 7th Annual - The Fast & The Furriest - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To learn about serving the Verona Street Animal Society on a committee or on the Board of Directors, please call (585) 727-2533.
In February 2005, Jennifer Brown met with Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services, to find out what she could do to help the shelter and the animals. Mr. Fitzgerald explained the challenges facing the organization, the distinction between Animal Services and not-for-profit animal shelters, and the restrictions in fundraising as a municipal animal care and control agency. Following that initial meeting, Ms. Brown adopted her husky Nanuk from the shelter and became a volunteer, walking dogs and assisting with special events. Simultaneously, Ms. Brown began the process of forming a separate not-for-profit 501(c)3 group to provide support and resources to the shelter. Small informational meetings began in January 2006 to explain the group’s purpose and to recruit members. The Verona Street Animal Society officially formed in May 2006, with the appointment of directors and the election of its first officers.
Rochester Animal Services became a unit of the Rochester Police Department in July 2000 when the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm discontinued the contractual agreement with the City, which had been in place for the previous 18-20 years.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis, at minimum, to assist in planning strategic efforts to help Rochester Animal Services become the premier animal care and control organization in New York State. Each director serves a two-year term. Directors also serve on subcommittees such as Corporate Relations, Marketing/Advertising, and Event Planning, working along with staff and volunteers to ensure that Animal Services’ mission is fulfilled.
President - Kimberly Shimomura
Vice President - Patrick McGrath
Treasurer - Elizabeth Whipple
Secretary - Katherine Markert
Jennifer Brown, Christopher Fitzgerald, Cheryl Gioia, Scott Miner, Josh Moscov, Suthida Fon Sakulsurarat