Month: December, 2019

Hot Dogs Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest Fuzzy Blanket Edition Kicks Off January 1

Monday, December 30, 2019


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (December 16, 2019) – The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) will kick off the Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest on January 1st.  All animal lovers are encouraged to upload a photo and story of their favorite furry friend for online visitors to vote on. The contest, presented by Happy Hounds Hotel & Day Spa, with media support by the Media One Radio Group begins at 12:01 New Year’s Day and ends on January 30th at 10 p.m. There is no fee to enter. “The contest is a fun way to show off your furry friend and support the animals at CCHS and who desperately need your help to get home,” said Brian Papalia, Community Relations Director for CCHS.


The 10 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 picture of your favorite pet on a comfy blanket?”  The winning animal’s owner also receives a $100 Visa gift card and a pet photography session with Cathy Panebianco of Panebianco Photography. There are also prizes including Visa gift cards for second through fourth place.


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

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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CCHS Season Of Hope Adoption Drive A Success

Sunday, December 29, 2019


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (December 29, 2019) The Chautauqua County Humane Society is proud to announce that the Season Of Hope Adoption drive was a success!  102 animals went home during the Holiday Season of Black Friday, November 29th to Monday, December 23rd.  CCHS teamed up with Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa and Media One Group Radio  (SE-93, 101.9 WHUG, Rock 103, Kiss 106.9, 1240 & 101.3 WJTN, and 1340 WKSN) for the drive.


CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “We are so happy to see 102 animals go home during the Season of Hope drive.  With the short Holiday season this year it was no guarantee that we would make our goal.  Also with a drive of this kind it's important to point out that we are not just handing animals out.  We go through the same processes and protocols that we use for every adoption throughout the year to ensure we are making the best match possible."


The Lakewood, NY and Erie, PA PetSmart stores were key to reaching the goal.  Papalia said "If it weren't for our amazing partnership with PetSmart we would not have reached our goal.  In the last days we received the final adoption total of the prior two weeks, which was 18 and that is what put us over the top."


While the Season of Hope was a success for the third year in a row, there are still plenty of animals looking for homes.  As we look towards 2020 we are continuing to work hard to find loving homes for as many animals as possible. View available animals and learn more about the Chautauqua County Humane Society at, Facebook, and Instagram.



Adoption Fees Reduced Through Monday December 23rd

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Click the image to see all available animals. 

Santa's Most Wanted Dogs at CCHS

Monday, December 9, 2019

Santa Claus has a list and he's checked it twice, and these dogs have been very nice and deserve a home for the holidays!  After you read their bios stop by the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 2825 Strunk Road in Jamestown to meet them:



Holiday Pet Safety Tips from the ASPCA

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.

Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations

  • Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
  • Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
  • Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
  • That Holiday Glow: Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
  • Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract.

Avoid Holiday Food Dangers

  • Skip the Sweets: By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
  • Leave the Leftovers: Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.
  • Careful with Cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
  • Selecting Special Treats: Looking to stuff your pet's stockings? Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Long, stringy things are a feline's dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer.

Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.

Plan a Pet-Safe Holiday Gathering

  • House Rules: If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you're busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.
  • Put the Meds Away: Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.
  • A Room of Their Own: Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub.
  • New Year's Noise: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat's intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.

Share our holiday safety tips with others! Download this shareable PDF for your friends and family.

CCHS Announces Season Of Hope Open House With Santa Photos and Adoption Specials This Saturday

Monday, December 2, 2019


Don’t miss your chance to have your pet’s, your child’s, or even your own photo taken with the one, the only Santa Claus at the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Season Of Hope open house.  The open house will be held at the CCHS adoption center, 2825 Strunk Road in Jamestown from Noon-3pm on Saturday, December 7th. Photos with Santa will be available for just a $10 donation. Photos will be e-mailed to each donor along with the opportunity to purchase prints.  Photos with Santa Claus will be taken by Bernadette van der Vliet of BMTphotos Photography in Lakewood. CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “We are so grateful to Bernadette for volunteering her time and talent to help the animals at CCHS. We are hoping everyone in the community takes advantage of this unique opportunity to have their pets photo with Santa.  All the money raised will go to help the animals that rely on CCHS.” 


Also from Noon-4pm this Saturday there will be reduced adoption rates:


Cats 6 months to one year - Normally $100 will be available for $50. 

Cats 1 year and over -  Normally $50 will be available for a donation. 

Dogs 1 year and over - Normally $100 will be reduced to $50. 


Click here to see all available animals. 


The open house ties into the Season Of Hope adoption drive that runs from Black Friday, November 29th to December 23rd.  This is the third year for the effort that is geared towards getting more than 100 animals home during the holiday season. 

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.”  Find out more at