Month: January, 2019

General Sherman Marches Home

Monday, January 28, 2019


                       General Sherman Marches Home!



Sometimes the best stories are the shortest.  After more than six months at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, General Sherman has gone home.  This big, loving guy is now enjoying life at home with his new family.  General Sherman went home Saturday afternoon (1/26/19), and as you can see by the follow up photos, provided by Savannah Pollow, he is loving his new life.  If  you are looking for a new four legged family member, you can always find available animals on our adoptable animals page.  You can also support the animals that rely on CCHS with a donation.


Previous General Sherman Story from 1/12/19: 



                                               Meet General Sherman

General Sherman first walked into the Chautauqua County Humane Society's (CCHS) Strunk Road adoption center on July 16th, 2018 as a stray, from Sherman.  In the six months that he has been a guest at CCHS, he has won the hearts of staff and volunteers. He has visited the ice at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown to help drop the puck at a Jamestown Rebels hockey game.  General Sherman even took the stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts prior to the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker...twice. 

The General's trip to the Nutcracker was a telling one.  He really had a chance to show his personality outside of the adoption center.  He sat very patiently in the back seat on the car ride to the Reg.  He was a little nervous with the few steps that led to the dark part of stage right, but was brave and made it to the stage.  While back stage he loved the attention he received from both children and adults getting ready for the start of the performance.  General Sherman ended up being quite the showman, when it was time to leave the stage, he was hesitant to give up the spotlight. 

General Sherman is a pretty informal kind of dog.  He is a big boy who would do well in a household with older children.  If you are not of a fan of cats, that is perfect, because neither is General Sherman. He is a dog who loves to be around people, and his size is matched only by his giant, sweet personality. 

If you are looking for a sweet dog, with lots of energy and love to share, stop by CCHS and meet General Sherman.  You can fill out the adoption application form right now! 

CRCF Grant Helps CCHS Trap Neuter Release Program at CCHS

Sunday, January 20, 2019

                          CRCF Grant Helps CCHS Trap, Neuter, Release Program at CCHS

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 20, 2019)   The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) offers a low cost spay/neuter clinic to the public so we can all work together to help control the pet population. Included in this clinic is the trap, neuter, release program to help control the stray and feral cat population in Chautauqua County.  CCHS is able to offer these services through the generous financial support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation who recently gifted $2,000 to help these services continue by covering the neutering of 50 cats.


For information on the low cost spay neuter and trap, neuter, release services offered through CCHS please visit or call 716-665-2209 x 205.



A Galaxy of Possibilities

Friday, January 11, 2019



Meet six year old Galaxy.  He is currently a resident in the Senior Cat Colony at the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS). He came to CCHS March 12, 2018 as a big scrappy guy, who was thought to be a little on the surly side. Thanks to the work of the CCHS Catvocates* volunteer group, Galaxy is turning into a spunky guy, who loves attention, and comes with a few quirks.  

Galaxy likes to have people pet, and play with him, they just have to play by his rules.  Catvocate volunteer Carol Doolittle says that Galaxy loves to play, but it has to be rough.  He needs to be tired out when he’s done. Galaxy is a big cat with a lot of energy to burn. When it is time to pet Galaxy, you have to go slowly and keep it short.  He can easily become overstimulated, and he’s not afraid to let you know when he’s had enough.

Galaxy does have his quiet moments.  He loves to sit and look out the window.  If you have a spot for him to watch the birds go by, you will be his best friend.  Good news for multiple cat households, Galaxy does get along with other cats. If you are considering adoption, stop in to  

*The Catvocates are a group of CCHS volunteers dedicated to cat enrichment and behavior work.  The group was spearheaded by Ruth Walton and Carol Dolittle in late 2018.

Support Galaxy and all of the cats at the Chautauqua County Humane Society by participating in the Hot Dogs, Cool Cats photo contest! 


CRCF Grant Helps CCHS Spay Neuter Services

Thursday, January 10, 2019


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 10, 2019)   The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) offers a low cost spay/neuter clinic to the public so we can all work together to help control the pet population.  CCHS is only able to offer these services through the generous financial support of our community and the Trustees of the Bertha Hamilton Trust through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation have recently gifted $9,500 to help these services continue.


For information on the low cost spay neuter services offered through CCHS please visit or call 716-665-2209 x 205.




127 Animals Go Home During Season of Hope Adoption Drive

Wednesday, January 2, 2019




JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 2, 2019) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) teamed up with Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa and the Media One Radio Group  (SE-93, 101.9 WHUG, 103.1 The Fox, Kiss 106.9, 1240 & 101.3 WJTN, and 1340 WKSN) for the Season of Hope adoption drive.   From Black Friday, November 23rd through Saturday December 22nd, CCHS was working to get 100 animals home during the holiday season. At the close of business of Saturday, December 22nd 127 animals had found their homes. The number includes animals that were adopted at the CCHS Strunk Road Adoption Center, and the Lakewood and Erie Petsmart locations.  


CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “It's amazing what can be accomplished in such a short amount of time.  In less than a month were able to not only reach the goal of finding 100 loving homes for animals, but to exceed that goal, is truly awesome.  At CCHS we are thankful to have great support from Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, and the Media One Radio Group.”


While the Season of Hope adoption drive was a success, there are still plenty of animals looking for homes.  We invite everyone to stop in see who is available.  You can also find available animals on,   Facebook, and Instagram.



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Keeping Animals Safe During Winter Weather

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

As winter conditions return, we want to make sure our four legged friends are properly protected from cold temperatures, snow and wind.  Here are some guidelines from the ASPCA: 

  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent in the snow and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure your dog always wears an ID tag.  
  • If your large dog spends most of his time outside, take proper precautions during the colder months. Make sure your dog has an insulated and waterproof dog house and access to fresh water. Never leave your dog outside during a snowstorm or inclement weather including sleet, ice, snow, wind, or extreme cold.
  • Bang loudly on the hood of your car before starting the engine. Outdoor, stray and feral cats sometimes sleep under car hoods to stay warm, but the fan belt can injure or kill a cat when the motor starts. Banging on the hood can help avoid catastrophe and give the cat a chance to escape.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. 
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells.Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime.Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.

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A common question this time of year is, “How cold is too cold for my dog?” The answer is a bit complicated, but thankfully, the good folks at Tufts University already developed a system for animal welfare officers to reference. The Tufts Animal Condition and Care (TACC) system has many parts, ranging from body condition and environmental health to weather safety. This information has been adapted into an easy to understand chart—simply find the outdoor temperature (taking into account wind chill, or the temperature that it actually FEELS outside), look at the size of your dog, and voila! You know based on the color if it’s safe for your pup or not.