With Gratitude…

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for everyone who came out last night to help us celebrate five years of being in rescue. We raised our glass to all of those who have helped our shelter become what it is today, and we toasted to the coming success of the next five years, as well as raising $1,600 for the care of our dogs. Thank you to Harold’s for making our celebrations last night possible. We are overjoyed to be making a positive impact in our community and humbled by everybody’s support to help Regional make it happen.

In this season of celebration, we rejoice in how our community has always stepped up and supported the animals that needed it most exactly when they needed it. That’s why this year, for our #GivingTuesday campaign, all donations made to the campaign will be going into Annie’s Fund, which helps critically ill animals get the veterinary assistance that they need. Giving Tuesday is part of a national celebration of generosity that takes place annually on the fourth Tuesday of November.

Annie’s Fund was started for a sweet dog named Annie, who came into the shelter in 2013 after being left in a ditch to die by her owners. Despite our attempts, Annie was in such an advanced state of organ failure that there was nothing that we could do for her but to ease her pain and suffering while making sure she knew what love and compassion was. One of our community members, who wishes to remain anonymous, asked that the donation that they gave towards Annie’s medical bills start a fund that would help any animal that came in to the shelter in a condition like Annie’s… and Annie’s fund was born.

In the years since that heartbreaking day, Annie’s Fund has helped many critically ill animals within Regional’s walls to get the care that they deserved, and for that we are very, very grateful. We look forward to sharing their stories with you in the coming days.

With love and gratitude,

The Regional Volunteers


Join us for our Birthday Weekend Extraveganza!!!

What are you doing May 20th and 21st? Want to spend it with the Regional crew?

It’s going to be a weekend long celebration (really, we’re celebrating all year, but this weekend is going to be SPECTACTULAR!!!)

As everyone knows, the 20th we’re being visited by the world-renowned trainer Kevin Behan! You can register here to join us for a 2 part seminar (and included lunch). We hope that you are as excited as we are to learn about we can better get in touch with our dogs.

And on the 21st….we’re celebrating our birthday!! The Annex turns 5 this year and like any five year old, we want to celebrate with EVERYONE!! This little shelter had very humble beginnings and has changed a lot over the past 5 years, and we could not have accomplished what we have without all of you!! So please, join us at 2 pm on the 21st at the Shelter! There will be good cheer, cupcakes, and doggy kisses!!!

Join us if you can! We would love to celebrate with you!

World Renowned Dog trainer and author, Kevin Behan, comes to Fulton County !!!

Kevin and Zeke

Regional Animal Shelter of Gloversville, New York proudly announces the one day only appearance of internationally recognized dog trainer, author and founder of Natural Dog Training, Kevin Behan! Kevin will present the secret to what is missing in the training of today’s modern dog! Learn how your dog sees the world and what this means to their training. You will gain a deep understanding of the theory and how to apply it to all types of training situations!

Join us Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at Harvey’s Home, Garden and Pet Center, 250 North Comrie Ave, Johnstownm New York for an amazing seminar!

Ticket price is $50.00 per person which includes buffet lunch. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here. Doors open at 9:30am. Part 1 of the program begins at 10:00am with lunch break from 12:30-2:30pm. Part 2 of the program is from 2:30-5 pm with live, hands on demonstrations with dogs, including shelter resident Pilot and NDT alumnus Zeke. All proceeds to benefit Regional Animal Shelter’s Project Empty Kennels! Door prizes drawn with paid admission!

 Kevin Behan has been training dogs for 50 years and is recognized as the nation’s foremost expert on the rehabilitation of aggressive and problem dogs. It’s in his blood: His father founded and trained dogs in the K-9 Corps in WWII and was the first American to train dogs for hospitals, police units, and retail stores. Kevin trained his first dog when he was 10 and started his own kennel in 1981. Using unique techniques, he has trained hundreds of police, protection, and border-control dogs, as well as thousands of America’s pets. He has written Natural Dog Training and Your Dog is Your Mirror.

 For more information please call Renee Earl at 518-848-7061 or email at renee@regionalanimalshelter.org

Purchase your ticket today!


On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation in support of Regional and all of the work that our dedicated volunteers do to help dogs in need. Whether a dog has been abandoned, got lost, or just went on a short adventure, Regional is a safe spot for these pups until they make their way home. Over 100 dogs have come through our doors this year alone!

We cannot do what we do without all of you in our awesome community, and we thank you for your continued support! We are looking forward to someday being able to expand our services….we just need more room! (update on that soon!)

Much love,
The Regional Volunteers

Happy Birthday to Us!!

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s hard to believe, but four years ago on this day, we opened our doors. It has been an amazing four years! We’ve had over 570 dogs come through our doors – over 240 of them have been adopted into new, loving homes! We are so thrilled that we have made it this far in four years. And we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of two very important groups.

The first group, of course, are our volunteers!! We are now 40+ strong, making sure the dogs and the shelter are taken care of and informing the world at countless events of just how awesome all of our dogs are!! These selfless folks give their time, sweat, and tears to make sure that the dogs at Regional have nothing but the best of care. We are proud to say that our volunteers are one big happy family, and together we can accomplish big things!

The second, and equally important group, are all of our supporters!!! That’s right….YOU!! Because of everyone in this community, we are able to help all of the animals that walk through our doors. Be it a bag of dog food, treats, towels, blankets, laundry soap – every donation is greatly appreciated and goes to good use! Every dollar that comes into our hands through donations or fundraising is used to keep our lights on, get our dogs much needed medical care, and make sure our kids have the best chance of succeeding in their new homes! We are always amazed at the over whelming support from our community, whether it be fixing our fence (YAY!!) or sending Zeke to get his much needed rehab (he goes up Thursday!!! Best birthday present EVER!!!!).  Most important are those of you who spread the word about who Regional is and what we do. It means so much, and it helps our dogs find their forever homes quickly!

While we have decided to keep our celebration low key this year, we have something fun up our sleeves for turning five. We still wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU because we can’t say it enough! Our friends and family are amazing, and Regional wouldn’t be what it is without of all of you. We might be small, but we’ve got a big heart, and it beats so strong because of every person that has supported us in the past and that will continue to support us in the future.

Happy birthday to us! Here’s to many more!

Renee and Sky


Be My Pawesome Valentine!!! <3<3<3

gDo you have a Valentine? We know eight really awesome dogs who are looking for one!!! Buy a dog a Valentine and show them what love is!dfg

Valentines are a $5 minimum donation, each $5 donated gets you entered into our drawing for a basket of Regional Love! Buy one, buy many! Valentines can be personalized and will be posted at the shelter, and you’ll get sent a picture via email (although we think you should just come visit!).

But don’t wait! Last day to get Valentines are the 15th, and this is online only!! Drawing is the 16th!! Click here to buy a valentine!

All money raised goes towards the care of the dogs! And all donations are tax deductible!!

As always, we thank you for supporting and loving our dogs!!!

Give the Gift of Shelter – Help Us Build!!!

Dear Friends,

The end of 2015 is almost here! Can you believe it?

It’s been such a fantastic year for the shelter. Over 40 dogs have been adopted into new loving homes, a few of those being long-time residents. We’ve added 10 new volunteers to our family! And we can’t wait to see what 2016 bring so that we can continue to help more dogs in need in our area!

Our shelter has been blessed with an abundance of donations of food, bedding, and toys!!! This community is the reason that our shelter is able to take such great care of our dogs – and for that, we are eternally grateful!

But we need your help. We need your help so that we can help more dogs!! And to help more dogs, we need more space.

Anyone who has visited the Annex knows that it is a tiny, 8 kennel facility. Regional has learned to do a lot of work with such a small space, but there is still a need for more to be done within our community, and we can’t do it without you. We need to build, and we want 2016 to be the year we start putting up our community’s new shelter.

This space will include:

Separate, safe housing for dogs and cats – we currently do not accept cats as we do not have space for them, and we can rarely accept surrendered dogs because of space and contractual restrictions within the Annex. With a new facility, ANY animal with need of sanctuary will be able to have it.

Boarding facilities because some times, you can’t always take the fur-kids with you

A spay/neuter clinic on site where we can offer low-cost alterations, vaccinations, and micro-chipping to the public without the need to travel to other clinics in the capital district, often an hour away!

A space for community education where classes with trainers, animal health professionals, and others can assist the community with their pet’s health and well being!

A community dog walk because all dogs love a walk in the woods!


Getting to build a new shelter has been a very long process. Before the Annex was opened, Regional raised enough money for the purchase of a 26 acre parcel in the City of Johnstown. Since the Annex was opened, majority of our funds raised and donated have been used for the care of our animals and maintenance of the Annex. But, we’ve slowly made progress on building – the land has been cleared, and we’ll be getting blueprints drawn up shortly, once funding is secured. We’re also furiously writing and submitting more grants for funding for the actual building of the shelter. But we still need you help.

Building this shelter will be a huge undertaking, but it will be an integral part of our community for animal education and care. But we cannot do it alone. So, on these last few days of 2015, please consider giving the stray and unwanted animals in our community the gift of a safe sanctuary if they are to ever need it. Completing a new shelter will have a lasting influence on the animals in our area for generations to come. We are estimating that the shelter will cost roughly $250,000 to build. We are hoping to have grant money cover a good amount of that figure, but grants can’t do it all. We need your help!

Please give generously if you are able, and please spread the word. No donation is too small, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and greatly appreciated.

You can use the secure donation form below or you can mail a check made payable to Regional Animal Shelter to: 117 West Fulton St Gloversville, NY 12078.

Thank you for helping us build our community’s shelter. All the pups and volunteers at Regional wish everyone a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!