Month: October, 2020

Changing Lives Together - Animal Ally Business Class

Monday, October 12, 2020

We are excited to announce the new Animal Ally/Business Class program.  Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said, " With this program we will promote local businesses through digital and traditional marketing which will create new foot traffic for them and at the same time create new and enhanced opportunities for not only the pets at CCHS, but those pets out in our community that need a little help to stay in their homes.  2020 has been rough enough on people.  We don't want folks in a situation where they may also have to forfeit their pet due to temporary circumstances forced on them by the effect COVID is having on our local economy.". 

Once a business becomes an Animal Ally,  they will receive a stylish window cling to proudly display that you are a part of a team that is working hard to change the lives of so many pets each day.  They will also receive quarterly updates by mail that will allow them to share their efforts with clients and customers showcasing the difference that they are making in Chautauqua County.  Papalia said, "Everyone loves to support a business that goes above and beyond to not only serve the client base, but also create a happier, healthier community.  This is a very unique way to make to help all of Chautauqua County.  Whether it's through spay/neuter services to help control the pet population, or in the work of connecting people with homeless pets." 

As this is an annual program there is a limited window of time to sign up.   To receive a 10% off Early Bird special please submit your online or mailed in submission by 11/20/20.  We kindly ask for all participants to respond by 12/1/20.   Click here for join the Animal Ally/Business Class program online. 

  If you have questions please contact Brian Papalia at  716-665-2209 x213 or email bpapalia@chqhumane.org.  

See more about the program below (Click here for the downloadable PDF file):

 


CCHS Announces Working Cat Hero Program

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Is your workspace under siege by pesky rodents? Maybe it’s time you adopted a Working Cat Hero!  


The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s (CCHS) Working Cat Heroes Program puts the spotlight on a special brand of cat. These ambitious felines have more interest in running free in your barn, brewery, warehouse, workshop, winery, shed, or garage, than they do sitting in your lap.  A Working Cat Hero prides herself on having the job of targeting and eliminating unwanted intruders like mice. Think of Working Cat Heroes as ecologically-friendly hired help.


If you might be interested in bringing a Working Cat Hero on board, know that all animals who leave CCHS have been spayed or neutered, are up to date on their vaccinations, are microchipped, and have had a dose of flea treatment. Working Cat Heroes will also be ear-tipped, a sign that they have been spayed or neutered.


Cats who are in the Working Cat Hero Program wouldn't be happy living in your home. These cats are better suited for indoor/outdoor living and usually prefer less interaction with people. This program is only for cats that are not suitable to be indoor house pets.


Whether living in your stable, greenhouse, distillery, or other location, your Working Cat Hero will know that he has a warm, dry, and safe place to sleep, access to fresh food and water, and medical care when needed. We generally prefer adopting Working Cat Heroes in sets of at least two or three and there is no adoption fee to be paid when you adopt a Working Cat Hero although donations are always appreciated.


This program is a lifesaver for a number of cats who come to CCHS each year who need a different type of placement. Maybe they don’t reliably use the litter box, are uncomfortable in an enclosed space, or really aren’t all that fond of people. However, we do get reports from working cat adopters that their Hero kitty has gotten friendlier over time.


Those who adopt the barn cats agree to give them:

  • Shelter in barns, stables, or other buildings

  • Daily food and water -- cats cannot live on mousing alone

  • Long-term veterinary care, as needed 

  • A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks while they acclimate to the new environment. This  can be a tack room or any secure indoor enclosure from which the cats cannot escape. CCHS will lend you an introduction cage if no secure area is available.

  • If you are adopting a Working Cat Hero during the months of October through April, you will need to provide a heated area for them to sleep in until the cold months are over. The next winter the cat will grow a winter coat and will not require a heat source, although they always appreciate one. If you adopt a Working Cat Hero during the spring/summer/early fall, your cat will naturally grow a heavy winter coat as the cold weather approaches.

 

Not every cat is destined to be a lap cat. Working Cat Heroes prefer having a job and targeting pesky rodents. Think of them as ecologically-friendly hired help!


If you are thinking about bringing a Working Cat Hero to your barn, distillery, workshop, or warehouse, know that all animals that leave the Chautauqua County Humane Society have been spayed/neutered, are up to date on their vaccinations, are microchipped, and have had a dose of flea treatment. They will also be ear-tipped, a sign that they have been spayed/neutered.


Cats who are in the Working Cat Hero Program wouldn't be happy living in your home. These cats have histories and temperaments that are a better fit for indoor/outdoor living and less interaction with people. 


Whether living in your stable, winery, shed, garage, or other location, your Working Cat Hero will know that he has a warm, dry, and safe place to sleep, access to fresh food and water, and medical care, if needed. We generally prefer adopting Working Cat Heroes in sets of two or three.


This program is a life-saver for a number of cats who come to CCHS each year who need a different type of placement. Maybe they don’t reliably use the litter box, are uncomfortable in an enclosed space, or really aren’t all that fond of people. However, we do get reports from working cat adopters that their Hero kitty has gotten friendlier over time.


If you have a help wanted sign out for a Working Cat Hero, look no further than the CCHS Working Cat Hero Program.