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BATAVIA – Genesee County Animal Volunteers and County Animal Shelter have $2,471 to help support their efforts to care for animals through a donation from Western Region Off Track Betting (WROTB)/Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel.

WROTB/Batavia Downs President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented the donation to representatives of Volunteers for Animals and the shelter on Thursday.

The Puppy Paws Indoor Craft and Vendor Market, held February 6 at Batavia Downs, was hosted by Batavia Downs Group Sales Manager, Mary Bucceri. All sales fees collected and donations accepted went to both organizations.

Volunteers for Animals will use the money raised for pet supplies and animal medical expenses. The shelter will use the money to repair and replace various equipment there and in the animal control van. in addition to purchasing safety equipment for officers to use when interacting with feral cats.

“We host several vendor events throughout the year, and we’re happy to use these events to help raise funds for worthy local organizations,” Wojtaszek said. “We will continue to do what we can to be a good partner for charities and local organizations.”

Deb Stocking, Chair of the Board of Directors of Volunteers for Animals, said, “Volunteers for Animals would like to give special thanks to Batavia Downs and their continued support. We work hard every year to raise enough money to continue helping animals. The Downs played an important role in this goal. Thank you all for your hard work and the dogs and cats say “thank you” too!”

Volunteers For Animals, Inc. is a nonprofit animal care organization established in 1984 that works in partnership with the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

The Genesee County Animal Shelter is operated by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. The shelter provides services for animal abandonments and adoptions, in addition to enforcing animal treatment laws.

The facility is operated by two dog control officers in conjunction with animal volunteers.

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