Month: April, 2020

Become A CCHS Animal Ally Today

Thursday, April 30, 2020


Right now the pets at CCHS could really use you as an Animal Ally. 

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is taking the opportunity to hold an Animal Ally drive. The goal of the drive is to enlist 100 people as new Animal Allies by May 31st. CCHS Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said, “If 2020 has proven anything, it’s that the unforeseen is always right around the corner. The pets that rely on CCHS need allies through not only these challenging times, but all the time. The Animal Ally monthly donation program was created for that very purpose.  It’s a great way to come together and be part of something bigger that benefits the shelter pets.”  

While COVID-19 has forced social distancing, becoming an Animal Ally is a great way to join with others and get involved.  Papalia had this to say, “We understand that folks are being impacted. We also know there is still a strong desire to be a part of something positive in the community.  We are asking folks to show these homeless pets their love and support with a gift of ten dollars per month.  Our goal is for 100 people to become Animal Allies at a level of $10 a month. That would be a thousand dollars a month for the pets at the shelter and that will impact a lot of lives.”

Once a person signs up to become an #CCHSAnimalAlly at, they will receive special updates regarding adoptions and other shelter happenings that show the lives that are being changed with their gift. Papalia said, “There will also be some fun surprises that pop up along the way.  We want our Animal Allies to know they are special and that their gift is appreciated and, even more significantly, that their gift is making a real difference for the animals who need us.”  You can become an #CCHSAnimalAlly today with a visit to 

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.”   




Chautauqua Mall Holds Drive To Help CCHS And The Salvation Army

Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Chautauqua Mall to Host Food and Essential Item Donation Drive Starting April 17

While communities are facing unprecedented struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chautauqua Mall takes action by partnering with local Non-Profit organizations

WHAT: Chautauqua Mall will host a Food and Essential Item Donation Drive beginning April 17 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily through May 16th. 

Following the closings of both schools and businesses, many Americans will be turning to food banks and other non-profits for support during this difficult time. Chautauqua Mall is partnering with the Salvation Army and the Chautauqua County Humane Society to collect non-perishable items. Local residents may drop off non-perishable food items as well as essentials such as diapers, toilet paper, and soap, school supplies and dog and cat food.  A suggested donation need list can be found at

WHEN: Residents may make their donations starting April 17th between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily through May 16th.

WHERE: Residents may drop off their donations at Chautauqua Mall in the designated bins just outside the main entrance next to Planet Fitness.

WHO: Chautauqua Mall is partnering with the Salvation Army and the Chautauqua County Humane Society for this important cause. The Salvation Army of Jamestown is the largest food pantry in Chautauqua County and due to COVID-19, last month they served an additional 300 more households than normal.  Chautauqua County Humane Society improves the lives of animals through compassionate care and advocacy and adopts out approximately 1200 animals per year. “We are happy to be working with the Chautauqua Mall and Salvation Army to collect donations of non-perishable goods.  Our collaborations with Chautauqua Mall have always been successful and we are excited to see the community benefit from this food drive.” said Brian Papalia, Director of Community Relations for Chautauqua County Humane Society.

WHY: Now more than ever, Chautauqua Mall remains committed to serving Chautauqua County residents as a community partner. This is one example of parent company Washington Prime Group’s continued efforts to unite communities nationwide in times it is needed most.

If You See Kittens Let Them Be

Wednesday, April 15, 2020


                                                      If you see, let them be. 

The weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and kitten season has begun. At the Chautauqua County Humane Society we are receiving reports of "abandoned litters of kittens."  At CCHS we appreciate the concern and are glad that you are looking out for the best interest of the kittens.


Are you completely sure that the kittens have been abandoned?  These are specifically kittens that are under 2 pounds in weight, or under 2 months of age. Here is some good information provided by on what to do should you spot a litter of young kittens:

See if Mom is around:  If she is gone wait 2-4 hours to see if she comes back.  She could just be out hunting for a meal. 

If Mom is there: Just leave the kittens where they are until they are two months old or weigh two pounds. If they kittens are in immediate danger then move then to a safe outdoor space. 

If Mom is gone: You should foster the kittens, or find someone who can foster the kittens, until they are two months old or weigh two pounds. 

Click here to learn more about fostering through the Chautauqua County Humane Society. 

Weaned kittens: Once the kittens have reached two pounds, or are two months old call the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 716-665-2209 x205 to make an appointment with our spay/neuter clinic.   

Click here to learn more about the CCHS low cost spay/neuter clinic. 

After the kittens have been altered they can be returned to their natural habitat. 

For more information call the CCHS low cost spay/neuter clinic at 665-2209x205. Ways you can help include donations of Snuggle Safe Heating Pads, Miracle Nipples and Weighmax scales

CCHS Supports Local Healthcare Workers

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Chautauqua County healthcare workers and first responders are putting themselves at risk daily in the global effort to get control of COVID-19.  The board, staff and volunteers of the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) thank them for their efforts to keep our community safe. CCHS was able to assist their efforts by donating masks with shields and surgical gloves to UPMC Chautauqua WCA in Jamestown and masks to Heritage Green - Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing by Heritage Ministries in Greenhurst.  CCHS Veterinary Technician Molly Loomis said, “We wanted to do what we could to support our local healthcare workers. With our spay/neuter clinic temporarily closed we will not be using these supplies right now.  Loomis also also said, “The supplies were donated to us by JCC’s Nursing Program so we are really just paying it forward.” Representatives from both facilities were very excited to receive the supplies. 

We encourage you to take measures to help our local healthcare workers by following guidelines set by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

How To Keep Pets Safe At Home During COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020


The North American COVID-19 Communication Task Force, a collaboration of animal welfare organizations across the U.S and Canada

has provided this information regarding home pet safety for animals across the continent to share. 

Josie Needs Your Help To Walk Pain Free

Wednesday, April 8, 2020



Josie came to the Chautauqua County Humane Society as a stray with a pretty serious injury on April 6th of this year.  Josie has a torn ACL and needs your help to make the surgery that will get her walking without pain again possible. 

Josie is a two-year-old girl who loves nearly everyone she meets.  She is a big fan of affection and is really smart. She knows the sit, down and speak commands. Josie doesn’t let her injury get the best of her, she loves to play!

Adoption preparation is serious work at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  Every pet that goes home requires some level of preparation so they are happy, healthy and ready to move in with their adoptive family.  In Josie’s case, she is going to need this surgery to fix her torn ACL. Like all surgery, there is going to be cost and recovery time. Henry Shaw, DVM will be performing the surgery on April 27th and it is predicted that after some recovery time in foster she will be ready to go home.  Shaw is donating a portion of the cost of the surgery as a way to help CCHS, with that the surgery will still cost $800.

With nearly all revenue streams cut off to CCHS, we are reaching out to you to show Josie the love and support she needs. If you would like to make Josie’s surgery possible,  please consider making a donation today.  

Your gift will not only get Josie one step closer to home.  You will also be entered into a drawing to win a free CCHS T-shirt and will receive an email with a special of Josie after her surgery.  Thank you.


CCHS Easter Egg Hunt Winners

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Eggciting News! 

The Chautauqua County Humane Society kicked off it’s first ever Virtual Easter Egg Hunt on Monday, April 7th and we were very eggcited to see folks have so much fun looking for the eggs.  While there were well over 100 people participating there were 25 that found all 5 eggs. The first 10 folks to send screenshots, or the locations of the eggs they found are going to have the honor of naming a shelter pet and receiving a follow up photo when that pet is adopted.  CCHS Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said, “Response to this virtual event was really fun. It was great to see responses from all of the different folks that were searching for the eggs. There were people from all different age groups and some cases where families were working together to find them.”  Papalia said, “With such great response we decided to sweeten the pot and randomly draw five more people to win the honor of naming a shelter pet. We really do want to thank everyone for showing the homeless pest at CCHS this kind of love and support.”


Special kudos to Heather Jimerson who was the first to actually find them all and respond. Here are the winners:


The First 10 to respond:                             The 5 Bonus Winners


1-Heather Jimerson                                    1-Kayla Michael 

2-Kim Bajdo                                                2-Kelsie Kilmartin 

3-Tara Visosky                                            3-Mary Elizabeth 

4-Sue Swanson                                          4-Anna Joy Polowy

5-Debbe Littlefield                                      5-Amber Lombardo 

6-Elizabeth Ann

7-Amber Burkholder

8-JoAnna Holland 

9-Laurie Lupold 

10- Jill VanHouten 


The winners will be messaged a short response form to fill out regarding the type of pet they would like to name.  Again thank you for participating and we encourage you to get involved with the National House Pawty happening this Saturday from 6-9pm live on Facebook  Sign up for the House Pawty here! 


Stuck at home with nothing to do? Are the kids bouncing off the walls? We have the solution. Join us for our first ever CCHS Easter Egg Hunt: Social Distancing Edition! We’ve hidden 5 Easter eggs on our website at One of these 5 eggs will be an eggs-tra hard to find golden egg. Now that might have you scrambled, but don’t worry you’ll find it…probably. The first 10 people to find all 5 eggs by Monday, April 13th, will get to choose the name of one of our shelter pets! CCHS will send you a picture of the pet you get to name and we will even send you a picture when the pet you named is adopted. Sound egg-citing? We will have the eggs all hatched and ready to go starting Monday, April 6th!

The eggs will look like the ones in the graphic at the top of the page =)


How to participate:

Look around this website to find the 5 hidden eggs.

Take a screenshot or photo of each egg you find.

Once you find all 5 eggs, message us your photos to the Chautauqua County Humane Society Facebook Page!

We will announce the winners on Facebook and here at on Tuesday, April 14th. 

Have fun and stay safe!