Month: May, 2022

Pet Summer Safety Tips

Thursday, May 26, 2022


The following is taken from the ASPCA:

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

  • Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
  • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
  • Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
  • Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
  • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
  • Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
  • Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
  • Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home.  If you are looking for a safe space to take your dog to spend the night for the 4th of July please consider  Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa in Lakewood. They are a great supporter of the animals at CCHS. 



CCHS To Join Prendergast Library Community Block Party This Saturday

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Chautauqua County Humane Society will be participating in the Prendergast Library’s first-ever Community Block Party that will take place on Saturday, May 21st!

Celebrate with us and dozens of other local nonprofit organizations with games, storytimes, crafting, plant swap, music, and a food truck at this all-ages event. Learn about local events and resources by visiting organizations’ tables as we celebrate the wonderful community we have here in Jamestown, NY. 

During the block party, the library will also have their 2nd Annual Jim Roselle Community Scavenger Hunt! Register online today or in-person on May 21st to participate. Find out more below!

509 Cherry St. Jamestown, NY 14701  |  (716) 484-7135  |

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CCHS Holds Adoption Pawp Up For Veterans At Runnings

Monday, May 9, 2022



To say thank you to our veteran’s and active military the Chautauqua County Humane Society will hold a special adoption Pawp-Up is this Saturday from 11am to 2pm at Runnings, 720 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown.

Meet your next furry family member and visitors with Military I.D. will be eligible to have the adoption fee waived on dogs over 6 months and cats over 1 year old. Standard adoption processes still apply. CCHS Senior Programs Director Brian Papalia said, “We are excited to honor our local veterans and active servicemembers in this way. There is no better thank you than the love and companionship a pet can provide. We are also incredibly grateful to have partners like Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, Runnings, and Kinetic by Windstream partnering with us to make this event possible.” Papalia also said , “We are putting the spotlight on our Veteran’s program at Runnings this Saturday, but this program is available year-round. We always encourage our local veterans to stop by the shelter to take advantage of this offer.”

Kinetic by Windstream will be giving out Kinetic Pet Packs to adopters and offering folks the opportunity to write a letter of support to our troops stationed all over the globe. See all available animals and learn more at