Month: February, 2020

Beat The Winter Blues For You and Your K-9 Companion

Monday, February 17, 2020


Beat The Winter Blues For You And Your K-9 Companion

(photo of Chautauqua Lake by Brian Papalia)


As we make our way through another Western New York Winter we sometimes need to be reminded that the cold and snow can get to be as much of a drag for our four legged friends as it can for us.  CCHS Director of Animal Services Sue Bobek offers some great ways to beat those late winter blues and create some fun and memorable times with our dogs.  

Chautauqua County has no shortage of destinations to spend time with your dog(s).  Bobek said “There’s the dog park in Lakewood, Long Point State Park, The trails at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and a number of other dog friendly trails in the area.”  Bobek points out that before you plan out the best spots for selfies, you are going to want to make sure that you plan for the elements. Bobek said “For dog parents our top priority is to make sure everyone is safe and warm.  If your dog has thin fur you will probably want to put a jacket on him, you also want to be sure that you are keeping the pads of their feet clear of ice balls and salt.” It’s also important to keep in mind that it is more taxing to walk through snow, so it’s just as important to keep your dog's physical condition in mind when playing outside as it is to keep track of the length of time you are out playing. Bobek said “Something you always want to keep in mind is time and temperature because the last thing anyone wants to end up with is frostbite.  It’s also important to make sure you have water so your dog can stay hydrated.” 

“If winter is not your gig there are plenty of places to get some activity in and have some fun indoors.” said Bobek.  Dogs are welcomed at a number of area businesses including PetSmart, Home Depot, and Runnings. There is also the option of dropping your dog off for some fun times at Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa. 

If you enjoy winter and are looking for someone to have a good time and make some memories with, the Expawditions program through CCHS is definitely for you.  The program allows you to take dogs out of the shelter for a doggie day trip. Just complete a quick orientation and you are on your way to treat a dog to a fun day out.  Learn more under the programs tab at

Help The Animals With A Pennies 4 Paws Contribution

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 7, 2020) The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s (CCHS) fifteenth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign kicked off February 12 and runs through the end of April. This campaign benefits the animals at CCHS significantly by providing funds towards their essential care and rehabilitation as they wait to meet their adoptive families. In 2019 over eleven hundred animals found their way home through CCHS services.

Community support also helps keep local animals at home with their loving families. In 2019, CCHS helped over 4,000 animals with a variety of needs including food, shelter, and medical care. CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts says “It’s important to support those animals that need just a little boost to stay with the family that they know and love.  We would rather have them there, than with us at the shelter.”  It is only with your support that CCHS is able meet the cost of these services.


The goal of the Pennies 4 Paws campaign is to collect 1.3 million pennies, or $13,000. Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “Our hope for Pennies for Paws is that we reach as many people as possible with more than just a request for support, but that we also attract their interest to CCHS so they learn more about our mission and want to become involved to help us accomplish it together.”


Pennies 4 Paws is sponsored by Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, The  Media One Radio Group  (SE-93, 101.9 WHUG, 103.1 The Fox, 106.9 Kiss FM, 1240am & 101.3 FM WJTN and 1340am WKSN), The Jamestown Post Journal and 2nd Chances Thrift Store.  CCHS encourages schools, social organizations, individuals and businesses to find creative ways to become involved and support the areas animals in need. Collection containers are also available if they are needed by any fundraising group. Although pennies are the most common, CCHS accepts any and all monetary donations.  Donations can also be made at

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.



CCHS Dog Blog Featuring Goliath

Wednesday, February 5, 2020



“Wow, that’s a big dog.” That is pretty common to hear when people first see Goliath at CCHS.   The traits you don’t see at first glance are Goliath’s larger than life personality and his big heart.  Goliath is an active 5 year old who loves his play time. All you need is a sturdy tennis ball and some yard space and he is one happy guy. Don’t worry about picking up the ball, because he brings it right back to you.  Some would say that the best part comes after play time when Goliath thanks you with some cuddle time! He does love attention. 

If you already have a dog and are looking to add to the pack, schedule a dog meet with the CCHS Behavior Department.  Goliath does get along with other dogs, they just have to be ready for a little bit of rough play. If there are cats or other fuzzy animals at your house, that’s not going to be a good fit. If you have kids in the house it’s probably better if they are a little older or have been taught how to respect and properly treat a dog. 

Goliath has been relying on CCHS since he was surrendered on October 5th, 2019 and is looking for a companion that has an active lifestyle, he just might be your guy. Stop by CCHS to meet Goliath soon.  If you want to get a feel for what life with him could be like, you can always take him on an Expawdition. He would love you for it!