Month: November, 2016


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (October 5, 2016) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the totals from their Twelfth Annual Walk 4 Paws fundraiser. Team fundraising, individual fundraising, Tag Days money collection weekends, sponsorship and other various donations contributed to the approximate $34,296.00 total.  The money raised will go directly towards the mission of the CCHS.


The Walk 4 Paws event was held Saturday, October 1 at Chautauqua Institution’s Market Gate parking area. This year’s event brought together more than 300 people for the exciting day which included a two-mile
awareness/fundraising walk, cook out and pet costume contest.

“It’s amazing to see the community support our mission,” said Jeff Lubi, Executive Director for the CCHS. “With their help, we are able to meet our goals, which allows us to meet the needs of the unwanted, homeless and abused animals of our communities, said Lubi.”

The top three individuals and teams were announced at the event and will receive awards at a later date. Ellie Hartnagel was the first place individual collecting $1,626 and TRC Paw Walkers as the top team, raising $1,811. The pet costume contest
winner was awarded to a dog with a cat attached to its back.

“Every time I hear a story about an abused animal it motivates me to help,” said top fundraiser Ellie Hartnagel. “When I see my dogs lying in a warm, comfortable environment, it motivates me to help. Walking into CCHS and seeing how clean and well-staffed it is, makes my heart happy,” said Hartnagel. “Through the years I have watched all the changes and improvements that CCHS has made and feel very confident that the money I raise is going to improve the conditions and care for animals.”

CCHS would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all those who volunteered and/or donated to the 2016 Walk 4 Paws. The success of the event was made possible by the sponsors and those that volunteered and went out and solicited donations. This year’s lead sponsor was Petco Foundation. Additional sponsors included Chautauqua Chemicals Company, The Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Ed Shults Auto Group, Alpha Dog Marketing, Chautauqua Institution, Clark Patterson Lee, Dog Speak, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo, Jamestown Electro Plating, King’s Heating and Sheet Metal, Lockwood Agency, Magnum Graf-X, Southern Tier Financial- Dave Switala and John LaBardo, and UBS Financial Services. This year’s media sponsors were The Post Journal and the five stations of Media One Group. Media One Group is the official media sponsor of CCHS.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to receive information on other special events, visit or call 716-665-2209 ext. 213.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to promote the adoption of animals, prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect, shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals, and to provide education about the humane treatment of animals.

Note: Photo’s submitted by Cathy Panebianco and Jim Richardson. 

Lubi Retiring as Executive Director Of Humane Society

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

After 14 years of dedicated and committed service to the Chautauqua County Humane Society and growing the organization more than tenfold, Jeffrey Lubi has announced his retirement as executive director of the Chautauqua County Humane Society effective Jan. 1.

“I had mixed emotions when Jeff told me he planned to retire,” said Maggie Irwin, Humane Society board president. “I am sad for our organization that Jeff is retiring. He has had such a large, important impact on CCHS. But I am very happy for him.”

Since Lubi’s hiring in 2003 and under his leadership, the Humane Society has developed the “No Need to Kill” directive and grew CCHS from a 53 percent save rate, to a 97 percent save rate.

During Lubi’s tenure, the society developed a low income spay neuter clinic available to the community which to date has provided this service to over 13,000 pets. With his direction and forward thinking, the shelter has not only become a leader in the community but a leader in the animal welfare industry.

“It is with a combination of excitement, anticipation, and some angst that I announce my retirement,” Lubi said. “Over the years, I have had the distinct honor to be part of a team comprised of incredibly talented and committed staff and passionate volunteers. I leave very proud of the many accomplishments we all achieved together on behalf of all the animals we care so deeply about.”

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need.