Month: October, 2023

2nd Chances Thrift Store Celebrates Small Business Saturday November 25th

Thursday, October 26, 2023

The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s 2nd Chances Thrift Store is celebrating Small Business Saturday! Visit 2nd Chances, 707 Fairmount Avenue from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, November 25th and Save 50% on everything in the store, chances to win store gift certificates and CCHS merchandise, and meet and adopt some of the amazing animals from CCHS that you are supporting when you shop! To make the holidays even warmer, with the support of a very caring and generous donor along with the Bissell Pet Foundation all adoption fees are being waived through the entire Season of Hope, November 24th through December 23rd!

Halloween Pet Safety Tips 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Costumes, trick-or-treaters, and jack-o-lanterns — all signs point to Halloween! But before the first trick-or-treaters come to your door and you dress your pet up, make sure that they are ready for the holiday.

Dressing up Your Pet for Halloween

Pet costumes make for some of the cutest photos, but you don’t want your dog or cat to be stressed while wearing their outfit. Take some time to get your pet used to their costume by gradually increasing the amount of time they spend in it (think of it like breaking in a new pair of shoes) before the big day. It’s also important to make sure that your pet’s costume isn’t putting them in danger.

  • Ensure a Proper Fit
    Make sure their costume isn’t too tight (making it harder or more uncomfortable for them to breathe), or too loose (increasing their trip and injury risks). You also want to avoid dangling pieces of fabric or other objects your pet might chew on and ingest, possibly leading to a digestive irritation or obstruction.
  • Avoid Masks
    Avoid putting on a mask or covering your pet’s face – loss of vision causes stress and inhibits their ability to get around safely. It can also obstruct normal breathing or potentially cause trauma to their eyes.
  • Include Reflective Gear
    This is especially important if you’ll be taking your pet along for the trick-or-treating festivities outdoors. With so many people out driving unfamiliar roads, it’s important that your pet is visible to prevent accidents.

Be Wary of Strangers

If you want to take your dog along for trick or treating, make sure they’re properly socialized and would actually enjoy being a part of the fun. Many dogs get very nervous when approached by unfamiliar people or excited children and adding Halloween masks and costumes to the mix can set your dog up for a biting incident. Some dogs could become fearful and anxious and try to run away.

Staying Safe and Secure

Halloween can be stressful for many pets because of the non-stop door knocking and doorbell ringing, trick-or-treat yelling kids, strange costumes, and the constant opening and closing of the door.

  • Create a Safe Space
    The noises associated with trick or treating (such as doorbells, knocking, and loud children) can be stressful for your pets. If your pet is anxious when someone knocks or rings the doorbell, set up a secure room away from all the noise where they can hang out. Put on calming music to block the sound of the doorbell and put out their food and water, favorite toys, or a yummy chew. And don’t forget a clean litter box for the cats!
  • Medication
    Medication can help give your dog relief from their noise aversion symptoms. To see if your dog suffers from noise aversion, take this quiz.
  • Prevent Door Dashing
    You don’t want your dog to get spooked and run out the front door while you’re handing out candy. Put up gates to prevent your pet from rushing up to trick-or-treaters or dashing out the door. Or put your pet on a leash and keep that leash in hand when you’re opening the door to hand out candy.

Keep Candy and Treats Out of Reach

Halloween treats are delicious for humans but can be dangerous for pets. It’s best to keep all treats out of reach of pets, especially chocolate and treats containing the sugar-free ingredient, xylitol. Keep the bowl of candy out of reach of your pet in between trick-or-treaters and hang your child’s bag of goodies up high when they get home.

Pet suffocation happens much too often, so make sure to keep any treat bags away from your pet and cut them along all the edges (so it lays flat) before throwing them away. Lots of animals want to investigate bags because they smell like food or candy, but that can be dangerous quickly!

Be Fire Safe

Did you know that about 1,000 fires are started each year unintentionally by pets[1]? Their fluffy tails or excited jumping can knock candles over and harm them or your home. Stay safe and use glow sticks or LED candles in your pumpkins and as decorations this year.

With some simple planning and easy management techniques, you and your pet can stay safe and have fun this Halloween!

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CCHS Begins Thirteen Lucky Black Cats and Grey Ghosties Promotion Through Halloween

Monday, October 16, 2023

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A mysterious supporter has stepped in again this year to help the black cats and the gray cats at the Chautauqua County Humane Society this Halloween season.  We are happy to announce the 13 LUCKY Black Cats and Gray Ghosties promotion. This mysterious supporter will be covering the adoption fees of at least 13 black cats and gray cats through the month of October.

It’s time to bust the black cat myth at Halloween: there is no reason for animal shelters and rescues to avoid adopting out black cats near Halloween, under the mistaken belief that people with evil intentions will use them for ritualized abuse or sacrifice. On the contrary, with October 27th being National Black Cat Day, now is a great time to adopt a black cat! Gray cats have been inlcuded this year because we have so many of these amazing felines relying on our care. 

Be sure to meet your next feline family member at our Subaru Loves Pets adoption event on Saturday, October 21st  at Shults Nissan Subaru on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown from 11-2p.

While the adoption fee is covered by our mysterious supporter, all standard adoption procedures will apply. 

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization serving Chautauqua County since 1905.  CCHS’s mission is “To improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals and commitment to the community.

Subaru Loves Pets CCHS Adoption Event

Monday, October 9, 2023

Brian Papalia || 716.665.2209 ext. 213


News Release

For Immediate Release             


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (October 9, 2023) – The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) teams up with Shults Subaru to help Chautauqua County shelter pets find homes. CCHS will hold a pet adoption event with Shults Subaru to help shelter animals in our community find loving homes. Shults Subaru will be donating $100 to the Chautauqua County Humane Society for every pet adopted in October. Our spotlight will be the return of the 13 Lucky Black Cats and Gray Cats promotion where a mysterious sponsor is covering the cost of those cats adopted throughout October. The Subaru Loves Pets adoption event is Saturday, October 21st from 11pm to 2pm at Shults Subaru, 311 Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown. Look for more information at or at https


All animals adopted from CCHS are spayed or neutered, are up to date on medical, microchipped, and have had a dose of flea treatment. Learn more at 


The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization serving Chautauqua County since 1905. CCHS’s mission is “To improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals and commitment to the community.”   






Fall Empty The Shelters Kicks Off Fee Waived Adoptions Until October 14th

Monday, October 2, 2023

CCHS Teams Up with BISSELL Pet Foundation to “Empty the Shelters”

Pet adoption fees will be waived from 10/2-10/14  during the nation’s largest funded adoption event


Jamestown, NY. 10/2/23—With animal shelters across the nation facing an overcrowding crisis, thousands of highly adoptable pets are waiting for their second chances. The Chautauqua County Humane Society is proud to partner with BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, for its Fall National “Empty the Shelters.” From Oct. 1 - 15, BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor reduced adoption fees of $50 or less at more than 345 shelters in 42 states.


BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. With a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption, this lifesaving effort has helped more than 190,000 pets find loving homes since 2016. As BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, a total of 687 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada have participated throughout the years. During BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” quarterly national events, an average of 1,225 shelter pets are adopted each day. 


"Our nation’s animal shelters are facing an overcrowding crisis unlike anything we have experienced in more than a decade. The devastating increase in owner surrenders and stray intakes has left tens of thousands of socialized, house-trained, and leash-trained pets desperate to find a home," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Our Fall National ‘Empty the Shelters' will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates space to give another pet a chance."


This is the third time the Chautauqua County Humane Society has teamed with the Bissell Pet Foundation this year and during each of the Empty the Shelter Events we have seen adoption rates double.  Brian Papalia, CCHS Communication and Fundraising said, “We are so excited to be part of this wonderful national event and are looking forward to similar adoption results over these next two weeks.”


Adoption is a lifetime commitment. BISSELL Pet Foundation and the Chautauqua County Humane Society urge families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit as well as  


About BISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with 6,000 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a 501c3 not for profit organization serving Chautauqua County since 1905. CCHS’s mission is “To improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals and commitment to the community.”  





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Brian Papalia | Chautauqua County Humane Society | Communications & Fundraising| 716-665-2209 x200