Beat The Winter Blues For You and Your K-9 Companion

Monday, February 17, 2020


Beat The Winter Blues For You And Your K-9 Companion

(photo of Chautauqua Lake by Brian Papalia)


As we make our way through another Western New York Winter we sometimes need to be reminded that the cold and snow can get to be as much of a drag for our four legged friends as it can for us.  CCHS Director of Animal Services Sue Bobek offers some great ways to beat those late winter blues and create some fun and memorable times with our dogs.  

Chautauqua County has no shortage of destinations to spend time with your dog(s).  Bobek said “There’s the dog park in Lakewood, Long Point State Park, The trails at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and a number of other dog friendly trails in the area.”  Bobek points out that before you plan out the best spots for selfies, you are going to want to make sure that you plan for the elements. Bobek said “For dog parents our top priority is to make sure everyone is safe and warm.  If your dog has thin fur you will probably want to put a jacket on him, you also want to be sure that you are keeping the pads of their feet clear of ice balls and salt.” It’s also important to keep in mind that it is more taxing to walk through snow, so it’s just as important to keep your dog's physical condition in mind when playing outside as it is to keep track of the length of time you are out playing. Bobek said “Something you always want to keep in mind is time and temperature because the last thing anyone wants to end up with is frostbite.  It’s also important to make sure you have water so your dog can stay hydrated.” 

“If winter is not your gig there are plenty of places to get some activity in and have some fun indoors.” said Bobek.  Dogs are welcomed at a number of area businesses including PetSmart, Home Depot, and Runnings. There is also the option of dropping your dog off for some fun times at Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa. 

If you enjoy winter and are looking for someone to have a good time and make some memories with, the Expawditions program through CCHS is definitely for you.  The program allows you to take dogs out of the shelter for a doggie day trip. Just complete a quick orientation and you are on your way to treat a dog to a fun day out.  Learn more under the programs tab at

Help The Animals With A Pennies 4 Paws Contribution

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 7, 2020) The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s (CCHS) fifteenth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign kicked off February 12 and runs through the end of April. This campaign benefits the animals at CCHS significantly by providing funds towards their essential care and rehabilitation as they wait to meet their adoptive families. In 2019 over eleven hundred animals found their way home through CCHS services.

Community support also helps keep local animals at home with their loving families. In 2019, CCHS helped over 4,000 animals with a variety of needs including food, shelter, and medical care. CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts says “It’s important to support those animals that need just a little boost to stay with the family that they know and love.  We would rather have them there, than with us at the shelter.”  It is only with your support that CCHS is able meet the cost of these services.


The goal of the Pennies 4 Paws campaign is to collect 1.3 million pennies, or $13,000. Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “Our hope for Pennies for Paws is that we reach as many people as possible with more than just a request for support, but that we also attract their interest to CCHS so they learn more about our mission and want to become involved to help us accomplish it together.”


Pennies 4 Paws is sponsored by Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, The  Media One Radio Group  (SE-93, 101.9 WHUG, 103.1 The Fox, 106.9 Kiss FM, 1240am & 101.3 FM WJTN and 1340am WKSN), The Jamestown Post Journal and 2nd Chances Thrift Store.  CCHS encourages schools, social organizations, individuals and businesses to find creative ways to become involved and support the areas animals in need. Collection containers are also available if they are needed by any fundraising group. Although pennies are the most common, CCHS accepts any and all monetary donations.  Donations can also be made at

For more information on the Pennies 4 Paws campaign, or to get involved, please visit or contact Community Relations Director, Brian Papalia, at 716-665-2209 ext. 213 or

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals, and commitment to the community.



Don't Spend Valentines Alone - We Have The Date For You

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Are you NOT looking forward to spending ANOTHER Valentine's day alone?  Maybe you feel a little bitter when you see other people out on dates and showing off how “in love” they are.  Sometimes it just makes you sick.

 According to data from the U.S. Census taken in 2010, there are 105 million Americans over the age of 18 who are single.  

At the Chautauqua County Humane Society we have the cure for those dealing with the outlook of a lonely Valentine's day - without the commitment.  We have plenty of single guys and gals that would LOVE to go out with you this Friday.  Click here to see who's available.  Have you heard of Expawditions? This is your chance to experience a great date with a four legged friend who will give you undivided attention and a bunch of kisses.  The best part about the kisses is that you don’t have to worry about things getting awkward.  


You can even make your doggie date a safe no bake Strawberry Yogurt treat. 

If you do happen to have a Valentine, three is definitely not a crowd! 

Expawditions is free, convenient and fun!  The dogs will love you for it.  Click here to sign up now! 


Show some love to all of the animals with a Pennies 4 Paws donation. 

CCHS Dog Blog Featuring Goliath

Wednesday, February 5, 2020



“Wow, that’s a big dog.” That is pretty common to hear when people first see Goliath at CCHS.   The traits you don’t see at first glance are Goliath’s larger than life personality and his big heart.  Goliath is an active 5 year old who loves his play time. All you need is a sturdy tennis ball and some yard space and he is one happy guy. Don’t worry about picking up the ball, because he brings it right back to you.  Some would say that the best part comes after play time when Goliath thanks you with some cuddle time! He does love attention. 

If you already have a dog and are looking to add to the pack, schedule a dog meet with the CCHS Behavior Department.  Goliath does get along with other dogs, they just have to be ready for a little bit of rough play. If there are cats or other fuzzy animals at your house, that’s not going to be a good fit. If you have kids in the house it’s probably better if they are a little older or have been taught how to respect and properly treat a dog. 

Goliath has been relying on CCHS since he was surrendered on October 5th, 2019 and is looking for a companion that has an active lifestyle, he just might be your guy. Stop by CCHS to meet Goliath soon.  If you want to get a feel for what life with him could be like, you can always take him on an Expawdition. He would love you for it!  

CCHS Hot Dogs Cool Cats Winner Announced

Friday, January 31, 2020


                                             (see 5th through 10th after article)


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 31, 2020) The Chautauqua County Humane Society's (CCHS) Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest came to a close Thursday, January 30th with a Chinese Crested dog named Tommy being named CCHS Pet of the Year 2020. Along with the pet of the year title, Tommy will receive a 100 Visa Gift card, a photo session with Catherine Panebianco Photography, and will receive a blanket with his photo on it. Tommy’s Mom is Carol Johnson of Jamestown.


Tommy was adopted from the CCHS in June of 2019.  Johnson submitted this story along with a photo of Tommy used in the competition: “Tommy’s my name and I was adopted from CCHS. My mommy is a foster mom for a rescue. The day her beloved Chinese Crested Billy went to heaven, I met my new mommy. It was a blessing for me & her. I know that Billy sent me to her because he loved her so much and he wanted her happy again. He shared his love to her through me. Many thanks to CCHS & Billy for finding me a loving forever home. My mom will tell you rescue pups are the best!”


The Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Photo contest raised $7,496, with the proceeds going directly to benefit the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia thanked all 209 entrants who submitted photos. Papalia said “It is such a fun contest to watch, and it’s amazing to read the stories of the participating animals. Papalia also thanked the sponsors that made the competition a possibility including presenting sponsor Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa LLC., the Media One Radio Group (SE-93, My Country 101.9, 103.1 The Fox, 106.9 Kiss FM, WJTN AM & FM, and WKSN), and Panebianco Photography for their sponsorship support.


The top 10 animal participants will appear on their own warm fuzzy full or twin size blanket. CCHS will announce the date the prizes will be given after the blankets are produced. 


If you would like to learn more please visit


CCHS Dog Blog Featuring Rudy

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Meet Rudy


Wouldn't it be nice to have a running partner that was always ready to go?  Rudy is your guy! Rudy is a fun three year old who loves a good work out. After a good work out Rudy relaxes and loves to reward you with a lot of love. Rudy is also a super smart dog!  He is knows sit, down, shake and target. Targeting is a way to get his attention. Rudy came to the shelter as a transfer from Kentucky in December of 2018 and was adopted out twice from CCHS, but he turned out to have just too much energy for his people. It was decided the best option was for him to come back to CCHS. 

Stop by CCHS to meet Rudy soon.  If you want to get a feel for what life with him could be like, you can always take him on an Expawdition.  He would love you for it!  

CCHS Dog Blog Featuring Olive

Thursday, January 16, 2020



Olive is a sweet and loving girl!  Although she is always up for a good, long walk and enjoys playing with her toys, Olive prefers to snuggle.  Whether she is laying at your feet, or laying by your side Olive loves affection.  Sometimes she even forgets and thinks that she is a lap dog as she cuddles up on your lap.  Olive is a true buddy and likes to sit quietly in whichever room of the house you might be in, rarely if ever barking.  Olive is good on a leash, but can be very strong if she sees anything worth chasing.  Olive is still learning, but is very intelligent, obedient, cooperative, and a quick learner.

This was written by Olive's foster family.  If you are interested in adopting Olive please call 716-665-2209 ext. 200 to set up an appointment.  

Click Here To See All Available Animals at CCHS. 


CCHS Cat Blog Featuring Captain Rocky

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Captain Rocky 

Captain Rocky was brought to CCHS as a stray after a change in his living situation left him homeless in September of 2018. Captain Rocky came to CCHS with  Eosinophilic Plaque Granuloma . The condition leaves a raw, bald patch of skin and is usually found on mouth or skull of the cat.  It turned out what was causing the issue for Captain was stress. Louann Bucior who is a long time cat foster for CCHS took him into foster in August of 2019 and the issue has cleared up.  Bucior said that Captain “Plays well with other cats and is a very loving guy who is happiest when he can be laying on your lap.” Bucior also said that Captain is a fan of treats and only eats dry cat food.  If you would like to meet Captain Rocky please call the CCHS Adoption desk and to set up an appointment. Because he is being fostered he will need to be brought in to meet his potential new family. If you are interested in adopting please call 716-665-2209 ext. 200.

Click Here To See All Available Animals at CCHS. 

CCHS Dog Blog Featuring Pretzel

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Are you a loner?  You appreciate your space, maybe aren’t real fond of having company over.  Doesn’t that lifestyle ever get, well, lonely? 

We have the dog for you at CCHS.  Pretzel is a 5 year old girl who loves to go for walks and play fetch (She will even bring the ball back to you!)...and that’s about it.  She doesn’t like cats, and is not a fan of strangers. Heck, she doesn’t even like to be pet unless she seeks you out for some attention. So if you are looking for the companionship of a dog who wants to be left alone to a quiet happy life (just like you!), Pretzel is your dog.

Pretzel came to CCHS as a transfer from the McKean County SPCA in July of 2019. She was adopted out of the shelter for about a month after that for a short time, but due to her dislike for cats things didn't work out and it was a better option for Pretzel to come back to CCHS. 


Click here to see all available animals. 

Cast Your Vote Today In The Hot Dogs Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest Today

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The clock is ticking.  Vote for your favorite pets now!

The Chautauqua County Humane Society's Hot Dogs/Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest is going strong.  We are excited to see who will be crowned the CCHS 20/20 Pet of the Year!   We want to thank everyone who is participating and voting to support the animals that rely on CCHS.  Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said "I urge everyone to visit the Hot Dogs/Cool Cats page and not just look at the pictures, but to also read the stories of the animals.  There are some very touching stories of how pets came into peoples lives. There are some animals in Hot Dogs/Cool Cats contest that relied on CCHS at one time or another."

The 10 pet photos with the most votes will artfully appear on plush blankets. Papalia said “This year we thought we would change things up a bit and put the top 10 animal photos onto plush blankets.  The contest takes place during the coldest part of the year, so why not give participants something warm and beautiful to look forward to.  What’s warmer and more beautiful than a comfy blanket with your furry family member on it?”  The winning animal’s parent(s) also receives a $100 Visa gift card and a pet photography session with Catherine Panebianco Photography. There are also prizes including $75, $50 and $25 Visa gift cards for second through fourth place respectively.


Everyone is encouraged to participate. Votes are $1 each and purchased in banks of 5. The money collected through the competition benefits the animals at CCHS. Visit to learn more about the HDCC Pet Photo Contest and to vote.

We want to thank Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, The Media One Radio Group and Catherine Panebianco Photography for making the contest possible. 

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals, and commitment to the community. 


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