Month: May, 2018

It Takes A Village To Rescue Rats

Friday, May 25, 2018


“Saving an animal won’t change the world, but it will change that animal’s world.”  At the Chautauqua County Humane Society this is something we strive for every day. For dogs, cats, and even rats.



On Monday May 21st the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) received a message regarding a fish tank with three rats that had been found abandoned near the Lakewood Fire Department.  The message had come from a CCHS volunteer. CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia was closest to Lakewood at the time, so he was asked to retrieve the rats and bring them to the shelter.  Papalia said “When I was asked to get the rats, at first I was a little hesitant. I couldn’t help but think of the scene in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade when he was covered in rats, but they were animals in need of help, so I went to pick them up..”   

When Brian arrived in Lakewood there were no rats to be found.  After doing some searching, and finding a village employee he was told that the rats may be at the Lakewood Village Hall.  

When Brian arrived at the Village Hall, he started with “I’ve got a strange question for a Monday morning?” The staff knew immediately that he was there for the rats, but the rats weren’t at the hall. While at the hall  a village employee came in saying that he knew the location of the rats. They were back by the fire department. The volunteer that had discovered these abandoned creatures took measures to make sure that their tank was out of the elements, and even gave them some almonds to munch on as they awaited their rescue.

So after about an hour of searching around, and with the help of a number of  Village of Lakewood employees the three rats had been found. Unfortunately one of them had passed away.  A heart warming moment happened as Brian was loading these poor rats into his car.  Papalia says "A village employee who was driving a dump truck rolled down his window, pumped his fist, and yelled out, thank you - their lives mater too!"

Now it was time to get them back to safety at the Chautauqua County Humane Society on Strunk Road in Jamestown.  About a 17 minute drive, if you are unfamiliar with Chautauqua County. Papalia says “As we are driving away, the movement of the car caused a reaction in a tissue box home inside the tank, and out come a whole bunch of little heads.”  There were 7 baby rats in the shoe box.

So the family of rats are all now safe, sound, and up for adoption at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  

We will wrap with the vision statement of the Chautauqua County Humane Society:  “A community that treats all fellow beings with kindness, compassion, and respect.  All fellow beings, even the rats.

Bark N' Brew 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Get Your Tickets Online Here 


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (May 22, 2018) Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Bark N’ Brew charity fundraiser to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS). The event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Southern Tier Brewing Company.


This fundraising event provides a limited number of ticketed attendees with barbecue dinner, 2 complimentary beers, live/ticketed auctions and other fun surprises all in the name of charity. Tickets are $50.00 each and will include (1) entry into CCHS’ Cash Bash raffle, which will offer the chance at 1 of 10 cash prizes. The proceeds from the event allow the shelter to offer fee-waived adoption programs, low cost spay/neuter clinics, and other animal services year-round to the community.


Southern Tier Brewing Company is the generous host for the event with other major contributors including Ludwig Auctions, Greg Peterson, Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, Pepsi Bottling Group of Jamestown, and the five stations of Media One Group.


For tickets to the event please contact Brian Papalia at 716.665.2209 ext. 213 or by email at For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to receive information on upcoming events, visit or follow CCHS on Facebook and Instagram.

            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 supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education, and animal care for people in need. 



Wags N' Wine Coming May 24th and 25th at Evan's Discount Liquors

Friday, May 18, 2018

Strider's Story Continues to Improve - update May 17th 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018


                                             Strider's Story Continues to Improve

CCHS Update 5/20/18

Strider's condition continues to improve.  Strider came into the care of CCHS on March 30, 2018. He was malnourished and suffering from various infections.  

The outlook for Strider continues to look brighter.  His wounds are continuing to heal, and the most recent blood work taken is showing signs of great improvement regarding his battle against infections.  CCHS Veterinary Technician Molly Loomis says that "Strider's wounds are looking better, it just takes skin longer to heal."  As to what's happening with Strider today, Loomis says "He is being altered, his ears are being flushed, and he even had a pedicure!" Regarding Strider's personality Loomis says that "As a dog recovers from a situation like his, they tend to show there true personality."  Loomis says that "Strider is just as sweet as the day he came in, he's just a great dog."

Regarding Strider's diet, Lead Animal Care Specialist Kelly Joslyn says that "He eats three times a day, and he knows when those times are." Joslyn says that "Strider has a special look he gives her as he's waiting for his food."

CCHS is taking adoption applications for Strider.  Things are looking hopeful that he will be up for adoption soon.  

Though we are taking applications, at this point it's unknown as to when he will be able to be made available for adoption.

If you missed Strider's Story, see the original release below.



                                        Strider's Story Improves!


We thank everyone who continues to show love and concern for Strider.  He continues to show signs of steady weight gain, as he is eating more. 
Animal Services Director Sue Bobek says "In a few weeks new blood tests will be done to see how he well his body is fighting off different infections." Bobek also said that Strider's open wounds have been healing nicely. 
CCHS is taking adoption applications for Strider.  Bobek says that the more we get, the more it will help find the most suitable home for him.  
Though we are taking applications, at this point it's unknown as to when he will be able to be made available for adoption.

If you missed Strider's Story, see the original release below.




JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (March 30, 2018)   A Corner Deli sub was what led a Dog Control Officer to be able to get a leash on a stray German Shepherd who had recently been seen in the area of Hunnam and Bentley Roads in the town of Chautauqua. The dog had been roaming so long that area residents who had no success in catching him were starting to leave dishes of food out for him.  On March 25th, the Chautauqua/Mayville Animal Control Officer with the help of someone passing through were able to get the Shepherd’s attention with a half sub, get a leash on him, and bring him to the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS).

The Shepherd who is now known as Strider, came into CCHS with scabs and wounds all over his body, missing hair, swollen rear legs and his condition showed signs of malnutrition. While still on a stray hold, the team at the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) took action to begin the long journey to try and bring Strider back to health.  He was taken to Moonbrook Veterinary Hospital, where blood work was done.  The results showed that he was dealing with a major infection. 

CCHS Veterinary Technician Molly Loomis says that a number of efforts are being done to get him on the road to recovery.  He is getting hydrotherapy two times a day to treat his skin condition, an antibiotic regimen to help stop the infection, and multiple high calorie meals every day to help him gain his weight back.

What does the future hold for Strider? Alyssa Stockhausen in the animal behavior department at CCHS says that “Strider is a very sweet dog, and it will be interesting to see his personality develop as he feels better, and gets his energy back.”  Getting Strider back into healthy shape is going to take time, love, and of course money.   CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts says that’s where the community comes into play “Our generous supporters are the reason that Strider and other animals who have medical challenges get a second chance at CCHS. While Strider’s condition came to the attention of many through social media, I would like our community to know that we make a significant pre-adoption medical investment in every companion animal who comes to us. If you want to join with others to save CCHS animals through a contribution to our medical fund, please donate to our General Fund and specify ‘medical’ in the comments field.”

To show your support to Strider you can donate to Strider’s Medical Fund by visiting the blog section of SPCAPETS.COM.



Cinco De Meow This Saturday May 5th at CCHS

Thursday, May 3, 2018


                                 Take a trip to MEOW-Garitaville 

Don't miss the $5 dollar cat specials on cats 6 months and older this Saturday, May 5th at the Chautauqua County Humane Society!  For dog lovers, the adoption fee on dogs 6 months and older has been reduced to $50!  This is your chance to find love for just 5 bucks.

We have eligible muchachos like Jack.

We have eligible Chicas like Gillie.

There are dozens of gatos that are waiting to head off into the sunset to their forever homes. So please take time this Saturday, May 5th from Noon-4pm and add to la familia!  We look forward to seeing you.  Click here for a sneak peak at our available cats.