Month: April, 2018

CCHS Tag Days are this weekend April 27 28 29

Friday, April 27, 2018


                                                        CCHS Tag Days are on! 

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is wrapping up the Pennies 4 Paws campaign with our semi-annual tag days.  Supporters can stop by these locations to support the animals at the shelter by donating for a paper paw:

Tractor Supply on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood.  10am to 6pm  Friday 4/27, Saturday 4/28 and Sunday 4/29.

K-Mart in Lakewood. 10am to 6pm  Friday 4/27, Saturday 4/28 and Sunday 4/29.

Brigiotta's on Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown.  Saturday 4/28 from 10am to 6pm. 

You can also support Pennies 4 Paws by purchasing paper paws at:

Farm Fresh Foods on 3rd Street in Jamestown, and Don's Car Wash on Fairmount Avenue during regular business hours.  

Donate to Pennies 4 Paws right online by clicking here...


CCHS Volunteer Appreciation

Thursday, April 26, 2018



             Marjorie Possehl                   Board President DR. Tom Greer               Matthew Kestler (Left)

                                                                 & Board Member Edwin                     & 2nd Chances Manager

                                                                     Rodriguez                                            Larry Spontaneo

Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) board members and staff recently recognized their volunteers and the work they do for the animals at the shelter.  A spaghetti dinner was held at the Free Methodist Church in Jamestown on April 18th, during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Awards provided by CCHS board members and the 2nd Chances Thrift Store were handed out to the top volunteers in a number of categories. CCHS Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Johnson says “We are thankful to have so many outstanding volunteers, we choose the award winners based on how many hours they have volunteered over the past year in specific categories.”  

Marjorie Possehl was named the CCHS Volunteer of the year. Johnson says “Marjorie is a cat socializer who works with the cats in the most need of support and exercise.  She is at the shelter every day!” Possehl put in 592.25 hours in 2017.

Suzanne Abbey was the 2nd Chances Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year.  Suzanne put in 145.25 hours. Suzanna is a specialist with cards and stationary at 2nd Chances. She sorts through thousands of cards donated yearly.


Here is the list of volunteers that were recognized:


Christine Peterson volunteered 310 hours.  She works with beautification, laundry and animal care, and also helps as a front desk assistant and bakes cookies for the dogs every week.


Carol Doolittle volunteered 113.75 hours. Carol socializes with cats, and works with the ones who need the most support.


Nancy Hicks volunteered 562.75 hours in the in-house Spay/ Neuter Clinic. She helps with initial medical prep, aftercare and record keeping.


Jill Patterson volunteered 249.25 hours as dog walker, play groups, and off-sites.  Jill spends every Saturday from 7am to 3pm.


Nikole Knoblock volunteered  504 hours fostering cats.


Matthew Kestler volunteered 76.75 hours.  Matthew is the CCHS Inter-agency Volunteer of they year. He works with CCHS through Aspire. Matthew loves to mop floors and socialize the cats.


Lorrie Utley volunteered 66.75 hours at  2nd Chances Thrift Store. Lorrie works with CCHS through ASPIRE, and helps with housekeeping.


Sherry Vesotski,  volunteered 388.75 hours.  Sherry is office support for the spay/ neuter clinic. Sherry makes reminder calls and after surgery follow-up calls. 


Marilla Norton,  volunteered 132 hours at special events, representing the shelter in the community and selling homemade craft items to support the shelter.


Caroline Meleen, volunteered 74.75 hours. She is a youth volunteer who helps with dog walking and cat socializing. Caroline goes to Randolph Central School and is in 11th Grade.

In 2017, 250 volunteers donated 21,000 hours of their time to benefit the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  Regarding the spaghetti dinner event, Johnson says “We are so grateful to see this kind of dedication to the animals from the community.  We wanted to do something special show them our gratitude.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Chautauqua County Humane Society please contact Rachel Johnson at 716-665-2209 Ext. 210.  Information about how you can get involved with the Chautauqua County Humane Society as well as photos and further information on the volunteer appreciation dinner can be found at SPCAPETS.COM.







Dog adoption fee lowered to $50 dollars for a limited time!

Friday, April 20, 2018


       Charlie                                                       Rigby                                                                Gemma

                  Adoption fees on dogs (6 months and older) reduced to $50.

Due to the high number of dogs awaiting there forever homes at the Chautauqua County Humane Society(CCHS), the adoption fee has been lowered to $50 for a limited time. This savings applies to all dogs 6 months and older.  If you are considering adoption this is the time to stop by CCHS at 2825 Strunk road in Jamestown, or to visit the adoptable dogs section of SPCAPETS.COM.   Every animal that is adopted from CCHS comes spayed/neutered, is up to date on vaccinations, and is micro-chipped. Call 716-665-2209 extension 200 for information. 

If you are looking for other ways to help the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, the Pennies 4 Paws campaign is in it's final days.  To find out how you can be involved in this great fundraising opportunity please visit our Pennies 4 Paws web page. 


Randolph Central School Students Support Pennies 4 Paws

Thursday, April 12, 2018


                 Mrs Beaver's Class                                                             Mrs. Bedell's Class

6th grade classes at Randolph Elementary School collected 38 thousand pennies for the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  The effort was done as part of Pennies 4 Paws which wraps up at the end of April. Katherine Beaver who teaches one of the two class rooms involved says that students are invited to bring their pennies to school and use them for educational purposes.  After they are done with the change, it is donated to the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Mrs. Bedell's class also contributed to the effort. CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia says "It's great to see a situation where kids are learning life skills as they are learning about the importance of supporting community efforts. CCHS receives no local, state or federal funding, so all community support is greatly appreciated."  Pennies 4 Paws wraps up April 30th, if you would like to learn more visit SPCAPETS.COM 

Hollyloft Ski and Bike Adoption Event Saturday April 14th

Wednesday, April 11, 2018



Hollyloft Ski and Bike will be hosting a Chautauqua County Humane Society adoption event this Saturday, April 14th from 11 AM-3 PM.  Be sure to stop by the Hollyloft, 600 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown and meet your new forever friend! 

Also if you are looking to clear space in your home, you can bring along those bicycles that you don't use anymore. Whether the kids have outgrown them or you don't use them anymore, they can help the animals.  Les Johnson and the staff at the Hollyloft have a program where they sell donated bikes, and you can choose for the proceeds to go to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, or New Leash on Life.  If you don't choose, the profits will be split between both organizations.