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If your work-related video conferences are getting a bit tedious, you can liven things up by inviting a dog, cat, a pig or even a llama to your next meeting and help a local nonprofit at the same time.

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is making its adoptable shelter pets and farm animals available to attend a virtual meeting through its new "Paw-fice Pals Virtual Meetings" program.

A 20-minute visit costs $100.

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While we humans cope with the coronavirus outbreak, there’s a silver lining in all this for the animals at Lollypop Farm.

Cait Daly, the vice president and chief operating officer of Lollypop Farm, said the outbreak gave the animals an unexpected gift.

“It actually made more time for enrichment for animals who are in the shelter,” said Daly. 

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Based on the idea that a well-behaved pet is more likely to get adopted and remain in its new home, Lollypop Farm hosted its first-ever behavior and training conference on Thursday for animal welfare professionals across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Small shelters and rescue groups don't necessarily have the resources to hire behavioral experts. 

Rebecca Lohnes, behavior and training manager at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, said her own experience working with clients at Lollypop Farm inspired her to organize the conference.

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Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is undergoing renovations that will mean less capacity for dogs over the next several months.

President and CEO Alice Calabrese says the kennels where dogs are held when they first arrive at the shelter will be upgraded to limit the spread of disease and reduce the animals' overall stress level.

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Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester will be closed to the public on Saturday, for what is being called “a precautionary deep clean” of the organization’s main Fairport location and adoption center in the Greece Ridge Mall.

Officials at Lollypop Farm say that  a number of kittens admitted to the shelter were diagnosed by the facility’s veterinary clinic as having feline panleukopenia virus (also known as feline distemper), a highly contagious viral disease that can threaten the life of kittens and cats.

This month on Unleashed: The Pet Show, we welcome Steven Smith, DVM, of Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital to talk about pet health.

We also hear about a new literacy program at Lollypop Farm called Book Buddies, where kids are helping to socialize adoptable cats.

And, do you know the subtle and not-so-subtle signs that should tell you when your pet needs to see the vet or go to the emergency clinic? We talk to Dr. Meg Brooker of Canfield Dog and Cat Hospital in Pittsford about which symptoms should be cause for concern.