Month: February, 2019

Storm Is Looking For A Home

Thursday, February 28, 2019


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (March 20, 2019) Early in 2019 the community fell in love with a 1 year old cat named Storm.  Storm was brought to the Chautauqua County Humane Society with his eyes severely damaged.   Through the generosity of the community, as well as Animal Eye Care of Western New York, Storm was able to have surgery that not only saved his eyes, but restored some of his sight. CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “It really shows the compassion the people of Chautauqua County have for animals.  When Storm required surgery to save his sight, community members donated over $2,400 to cover the entire cost of the procedure.”


Now Storm is ready to go home. The Chautauqua County Humane Society is accepting adoption applications for Storm.  Foster Mom LouAnn Bucior says, “He is such a loving cat, who loves attention.  He likes to play, and gets along with other cats.”  Interested adopters can find adoptions applications online at SPCAPETS.COM, or can stop into the CCHS Adoption Center at 2825 Strunk Road in Jamestown.


Click here for online adoption application.


If you would like to help the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, you can contribute to the Pennies 4 Paws campaign going on now through April 30th.  More at SPCAPETS.Com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.




Storm Update  2/7/19:

Thanks to everyone who has donated to help cover the cost of Storm's eye surgery, and medicine needed for after the surgery. Storm is healing well so far, but will need a little more time for the graft to fully grow into the corneal tissue on his eye.  Storm will be going for a return visit on Monday, February 11th. 

Storm Update 1/28/19:

Storm's eye surgery at Animal Eye Care of Western New York went very well this past Thursday, January 17th. He will be able to keep his eye, and have some limited vision.  Storm does have eye drops to help his eye heal properly.  Foster Mom Louann Bucior (pictured with Storm above) said "You would never know Storm had the surgery.  We arrived at home on Thursday, and he was very playful.  Just his usual love able self."  

Storm will be going back to Animal Eye Care of Western New York on Monday, January 28th for a follow up appointment.  The doctors will check to make sure the healing process is going well.  

A special thank you to everyone who donated to Storm's surgery. It is only through the generosity and support of the community that we are able to give so many animals a second chance at life. 

Original Story posted 1/14/19


Sometimes we take things for granted. How often do you use your eyes? Could you imagine life without them?  This is the story of a one year old cat who became known as Storm. He was given that name because his situation was pretty stormy when he came to the Chautauqua County Humane Society. (CCHS)



Storm was brought to CCHS in October of 2018 in a condition that gave the entire medical department pause.  Storm had been taken in as a stray, by a well intentioned person. He had an eye infection. The person that took Storm in tried treat the infection.  A neighbor who became aware of the situation suggested that Storm be brought to CCHS for help, because it looked like the infection was getting worse.


Once at CCHS Dr. Mark McConnon DVM went right to work, performing a corneal flap on Storm’s left eye, and a third eyelid flap on the right eye.  This was done so Storm’s eyes would have a chance to beat the infection and heal. Soon the eye ointment and treatments were starting to work. CCHS Veterinary Technician Molly Loomis  said, “Eyes are made of layers, and Storm’s had been worn away to the last layer. If his eye had been worn down anymore they could have lost pressure and collapsed.”


Early this month Storm’s left eye was showing signs that it was not healing properly, so he was taken to Animal Eye Care of Western New York.  It was looking like Storm would lose the eye, but the doctors at Animal Eye Care recommended a Conjunctival Pedicle Eye Graft. This procedure, which will happen on Thursday, January 17th, will help the eye maintain pressure. This will allow Storm to keep both of his eyes.


The procedure to save Storm’s sight does come with a cost.  The charge for the procedure is over twenty three hundred dollars.  However, Animal Eye Care of Western New York is generously absorbing more than half of the expense.  That still leaves the cost to CCHS to save Storm’s eye at over eleven hundred dollars.


Foster Mom LouAnn Bucior says, “He is such a loving cat, who loves attention.  He likes to play, and gets along with other cats.”


If you would like to make a gift to Storm’s surgery, please visit and donate under the “Giving Tab”.  Your donations are giving Storm the gift of sight, and the ability to truly see his forever family on the day he goes home with them.

Dangers and Treatment Options for pet ingestion of Cold and Flu Medication

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dangers & Treatment Options for Cold & Flu Medication. 

(This article courtesy of the ASPCA)

When colds and flu symptoms hit, many people routinely take over-the-counter medications without thinking how they may affect their pets—and that means more animals may end up in your waiting room.

There’s no one easy answer for human medication ingestions, and there are many ingredients to keep track of, so the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center created this library of cold and flu medication toxicities and treatments.


Pets will often suck down the cough drops their owners have handy. For the most part, cough drops aren’t as serious as some other flu and cold medications, but there are a few things to watch out for.


While cold and flu medications commonly contain multiple ingredients, pseudoephedrine is one that often causes serious problems.


Dextromethorphan is a common ingredient in over-the-counter cold, congestion, and flu medications, and pets who ingest it may need veterinary care.


GI upset, GI ulceration, and acute renal injury are classic signs of acute NSAID toxicity—but did you know all NSAIDs are not created equal?


The gastrointestinal ulceration and acute renal failure effects of ibuprofen are well known, but high doses of ibuprofen can also cause CNS signs as well.


There are three main antibiotics or classes of antibiotics that can cause seizure so check them out, because in seizure cases antibiotics can often be overlooked.


Colds and flu can mean red eyes, and people often keep eye drops in easily accessible places. What would you do with a patient who had ingested eye drops?


Pennies 4 Paws Get Involved Get Excited Get Rolling

Friday, February 8, 2019

                                             CCHS PENNIES 4 PAWS: IT'S TIME TO ROLL!

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (March 1, 2019)   We are 17 days into Pennies 4 Paws.   Pennies is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  The goal has been set to raise 1.5 million pennies ($15,000). 80 Pennies 4 Paws canisters have been delivered to area businesses and organizations that are willing to help CCHS out in this effort, with more scheduled to go.   Click here for a list of participating businesses.  We are so grateful to our local business owners that are willing to take the extra time to host a Pennies 4 Paws Collection Container.

We thank  Happy Hounds Hotel and Day SpaThe Media One Radio Group, Shults Auto Group, and Bayer Seresto for supporting Pennies 4 Paws. 

When you donate to Pennies 4 Paws you are becoming a part of something truly special.  You are helping Margie, who came to CCHS as a stray on October, 25th 2018 as a stray. 

You are helping Roger Waters who has relied on CCHS for care since November 7th, 2017.  

When you donate to Pennies 4 Paws you are helping not only the hundreds of animals that rely on CCHS on a weekly basis, but the entire community by supporting the low cost spay/neuter program.  

Whether you donate online, at one of our great local businesses, or start your own fundraiser, thank you for making a difference.  Whatever way you choose to help please post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag CCHS so we can share and inspire others to follow your example. 

It's time to get involved, get excited, and get rolling for the animals of Chautauqua County.  

Thank You. 



JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 31, 2019) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is excited to announce the fourteenth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign, which will kick off February 12 and will run through the end of April. The campaign will benefit the animals at CCHS significantly by providing essential care and rehabilitation to animals in need of help.

Donate now!

In 2018, CCHS provided services for well over 4,000 animals, including 1,272 that found homes. These animals come with a variety of needs including food, shelter, medical care, and training supplies. CCHS bears the financial burden that arises from the cost of these services, and in 2019 the cost of care has risen sharply.  


On average, it costs CCHS $600 a week to feed the animals that are at the shelter and in foster care.  “The cost of owning a pet can add up, CCHS is caring for 125 or more animals on any given day,” said Brian Papalia, CCHS Community Relations Director. “From the cost of food and medical care to the rising cost of paying those that care for these animals, the financial load is overwhelming.”


The Pennies 4 Paws campaign hopes to collect 1.5 million pennies, or $15,000, by the end of the campaign. Pennies 4 Paws is supported by Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, the Shults Auto Group, and Seresto.  The Media One Radio Group is the official media sponsor which is made up of SE-93, 101.9 WHUG, 103.1 The Fox, Kiss 106.9, 1240am & 101.3 WJTN and 1340am WKSN. CCHS encourages schools, social organizations, individuals and businesses to fundraise in a variety of ways including bake sales, school hat days, dress down days, pop bottle/can drives and other special events.  Although pennies are the most common, CCHS accepts any and all monetary donations.  Donations can also be made at SPCAPETS.COM.


For more information on the Pennies 4 Paws campaign, or to get involved, please visit or contact Community Relations Director, Brian Papalia, at 716-665-2209 ext. 213 or


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.





Snowflake Wins 2019 Hot Dogs Cool Cats Photo Contest

Monday, February 4, 2019



JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 4, 2019) The Chautauqua County Humane Society's (CCHS) Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Pet Photo Contest came to a close this past Friday, February 1 with Snowflake, a Great Pyrenees mix being named CCHS Pet of the Year 2019. Along with the pet of the year title, Snowflake will receive a 100 Visa Gift card, a photo session with Catherine Panebianco, and will be on the cover of the 2019 CCHS Deck of Playing Cards. Snowflake belongs to Spencer and Carol Drake of Dewittville.


Carol Drake says she and her husband entered Snowflake into the competition because they had done so with their dog Lancelot a few years ago, and they had so much fun being a part of a competition. Drake says the photo competition is such a good community fundraiser.”  Drake also said that at 14 and a half years old Snowflake is starting to slow down, and she and her husband felt this would be a nice way to honor her. Drake said she was “Touched by how many people new Snowflake, and how sweet it was that they voted for her.” 


The Hot Dogs, Cool Cats Photo contest raised $10,602 of its $11,000 goal, with the proceeds going directly to benefit the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia thanked all 180 entrants who submitted photos. Papalia said “It is such a fun contest to watch, and it’s amazing to read the stories of the participating animals. Papalia also thanked the sponsors that made the competition a possibility including presenting sponsor Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa LLC., the Media One Radio Group (SE-93, My Country 101.9, 103.1 The Fox, 106.9 Kiss FM, WJTN AM & FM, and WKSN), and Panebianco Photography for their sponsorship support.  (See the top 23 listed below)


The top 23 animal participants will appear on at least 2 cards in a deck of playing cards, with the top 4 vote-getters appearing on a the face card of their choice. CCHS will announce that date the prizes will be given after the decks or cards are produced. 


1 - Snowflake Submitted by Carol Drake                       13 - Mila Submitted by Drew Rinaldo
2 - Rascal Lee Submitted by Sandra Seeley                   14 - Sabre 'the hockey cat' Submitted by Susan Sampson
3 - Jackson PawLick Submitted by Kasey Wilfong           15 - Remington Submitted by Andrea Thorpe
4 -  Shadow Submitted by Tina Couchenour                  16 - Moose Submitted by Kelly Joslyn 
5 - Old Man Max  Submitted by Steph and Pat Church    17 - TiltAWhirl Submitted by Pene Hutton 
6 - Harry  Submitted by Kalli Davenport                    18 - Gunner and Sadie Submitted by Danielle & Ben Moss
7 -  Allie Submitted by Kimber Buck                          19 - Chloe T. Rose Submitted by Sheryle ONeill
8 -  Buddy and Molly Submitted by Teresa Puder       20 - Mister Spif Cheesey Submitted by Shaelyn Anderson
9 -  Sammy Submitted by Brenda Goodwill                       21 - Geno Submitted by Holly Hunter
10 -  Jaxson Submitted by Tracie Stack                              22 -Jade Isabella Submitted by Kelly Joslyn
11 -  Andie Jo Biscuits Submitted by Lacie Anderson       23 - Buckeye Submitted by William Rensma
12 -  Merle Submitted by Nikki Brunecz



Levant Live Wires Donate to CCHS

Monday, February 4, 2019


                          LEVANT LIVE WIRES DONATE TEXTILES TO CCHS!  


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 4, 2019)  The Levant Live Wires  4 H group collected textiles for the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s 2nd Chances Thrift Store’s textile recycling program.  The thrift store located at 707 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown accepts donations of any cloth or fabric material, regardless of the condition. Items in good condition are sold at 2nd Chances while worn and stained materials are recycled, and used to make new clothes and shoes to be sent to countries in need.  In return the recycling program helps support the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society along with keeping large amounts of textiles out of Chautauqua County landfills.


Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “It is so great to see these kids work to benefit the animals at CCHS, and the environment of our county.  We couldn’t be more proud, or thankful for their efforts.” If you are part of a club that would like to help the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society contact Brian Papalia at 717-665-2209 x 213 or e-mail Learn more visit SPCAPETS.COM.


Club Members pictured above are: Ian Lindell, Mya Thompsett, Braelynn Mistretta, Levi Overend, Braydon Peterson, Lucas Overend, Riley Palmer