Month: June, 2020

Pet Summer Safety Tips

Saturday, June 20, 2020

                                          

The following is taken from the ASPCA:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/hot-weather-safety-tips

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 you may consider  Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa in Lakewood. 

 

 

Are You Able To Foster Otto or Prince

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To steal a phrase from the Wizard Of Oz, sometimes there’s just “No place like home.” At the Chautauqua County Humane Society, we provide all of the amenities needed for a pet relying on our services to have a good daily life as they wait to meet their adoptive families.  Every once in a while a pet comes in that just does not adjust well to the stress of shelter life. Sometimes there is a real and immediate need for the love of a family and the feeling of being safe and sound in a home. 

 

Currently, at CCHS we have two dogs that are suffering immense stress because they are just not capable of handling the stress of shelter life.  This is when CCHS calls on foster families to step in and give these pets a temporary home.  Right now we are in desperate need of folks who would like to foster Prince or Otto. 

 

Now let’s get to know these guys! 

 

Prince is a very shy six-year-old who seems to really like the company of other dogs.  He is a large mixed breed dog with striking blue eyes.  CCHS Behavior Lead Danny Reynolds said, “He has improved in the kennels, but is still a different dog outside of them.  He is more likely to try to get away when scared than do anything else.  He has displayed a pretty submissive temperament in his time at CCHS.”  Due to his size and level of nervousness, it would be best if Prince went to a foster home with kids over 8 years old. Reynolds believes a foster family will make all the difference for Prince, “When Prince is able to be out in our Bark Park or in the office with us he is so content and we know that time in foster would get him ready for a permanent home much more quickly. 

 

 

Otto is a one year old male who is not adjusting well to kennel life. He is a medium mixed breed who came in as a stray from Busti on May 11th. He is so shy that at times he will shut down, but once he gets to know you his personality shines.  CCHS Behavior Lead Danny Reynolds said, “Otto is a really sweet dog.  He would do best as the only  dog in the home, but if you had a really calm dog that may work too. Otto is just really stressed from kennel life and would really flourish in a home with older kids and no cats. Our hope is that once out of the kennel environment, Otto will be able to relax enough to let his true sweet personality shine.”

 

 

To foster either Prince or Otto, please send an email to CCHS Foster Coordinator Rachel Johnson at rjohnson@chqhumane.org.  Learn more about the Fostering Program here https://chqhumane.org/getinvolved/fostering/.

 

 

 

 

Hollyloft Ski & Bike Helps Pets

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Did you know you can help the homeless pets at the Chautauqua County Humane Society by clearing space in your garage or basement?  If you have any bicycles that you haven't ridden in a long time and you don't know what to do with - we have the answer! 

Hollyloft Ski & Bike, 600 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown has a program where they take used bicycles in any shape and turn them around to raise money for homeless pets.  Owner Les Johnson said, "If they are good used bicycles we resell them, if we can strip parts from the bike we will sell those, or if we can scrap them we will do that.  Either way, the proceeds of these donated bicycles will go to the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society as well as a number of other local animal rescues."  Johnson also pointed out that, "A used brand name bicycle is always going to be better than one that comes from a box store.  So if folks have those bikes that they can donate we can raise even more money for the pets that need it." 

CCHS Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said, "We are so thankful for Les and his staff at Hollyloft Ski & Bike for supporting the animals in this way.  It means so much and makes such a huge difference when it comes to our local businesses supporting the pets at CCHS in creative ways.  Les has donated over $1,700 dollars in 2020.  His donations in past years have always made an impact, but as they are coming in at a time where the shelter's finances have been devastated by COVID-19 they have become more necessary than ever." 

Learn more at Hollyloft.com, or visit Hollyloft Ski & Bike at 600 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown. 

CCHS COVID-19 FAQ Sheet

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Please note: The CCHS Adoption Center is not open for visitors unless they have an appointment. Please call 665-2209 with any questions, concerns, if you have donations, or need assistance. Thank you for your patience.

 

 

COVID-19 has changed the day to day lives of nearly every person in America. At the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) we have been implementing frequent changes as a result of the pandemic. The most effective way to answer the questions you have on what has changed is through our updated FAQs below. If you have further questions, please message us through the Chautauqua County Humane Society Facebook Page or email bpapalia@chqhumane.org.



Animal Care

Animal Care at CCHS continues as usual. There have been changes made to the staff schedule to separate employees as much as possible and social distancing is in practice to help lower the chances of introduction of COVID-19 to our facilities. All shelter pets are being cared for, walked, socialized, and loved. The well-being of all of the animals in our care is always our top priority.

Animal Population and Intake

Thank you to everyone who has adopted and fostered to help us keep the animal population at the Adoption Center as low as is reasonable throughout the pandemic and as we get our feet under us as the COVID-related restrictions begin to ease.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued to take in animals who were in emergency situations and ask that our community continues to assist with animals in need who are not emergencies. We will provide food and other supplies to help make this happen. Please call 665-2209 to see how we can work together to care for animals who need help.

If your pet is having medical issues please contact a veterinarian. We do not have a veterinarian on staff at CCHS. We continue to perform end of life services to pet owners when needed to prevent suffering. Call 665-2209 x200 for an appointment.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued taking in stray dogs that are brought to us by police and contracted Animal Control Officers and have been working as always to get them back with their families.

Adoptions

CCHS continues to do adoptions by appointment. Adoptions appointments are scheduled in one-hour blocks. This allows time to go through the standard adoption process as well as sanitize the facilities following the appointment. All staff that is in contact with the public is required to wear a mask, as is any potential adopter. Currently we are only accepting applications that are submitted online. Find the application here.

We will also be happy to send you a paper adoption application through the mail.  Please call 665-2209 x200 to request one.  If you are invited to leave a voice mail, please leave your full name and mailing address.  We can also schedule a time for adopters to pick up adoption applications from our adoption center at 2825 Strunk Road in Jamestown. 

 

Volunteer Program

We ask our volunteers to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay home and stay safe. CCHS Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Johnson will contact volunteers when the program starts up again. 

 

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

The CCHS Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic opened for limited days of surgery beginning June 1st. We are currently bringing in those who already had an appointment and then we will work on the backlog of approximately 300 dogs and cats whose appointments had to be cancelled. Once these get somewhat caught up we will be making new appointments again. Please watch Chqhumane.org and the Chautauqua County Humane Society Facebook page for updates.

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Pet Food Pantry

The CCHS Pet Pantry is available to area residents. Please call 665-2209 to make an appointment if you need food. The Salvation Army of Jamestown, in conjunction with CCHS, is also offering pet food to their clients. Learn more at the Pet Pantry web page. We appreciate donations of pet food, treats, and cat litter to help keep loved animals in their homes during this time when finances are especially tight.

2nd Chances Thrift Store

2nd Chances Thrift Store is now open Thursday through Saturday 9am-7pm and 8am-9am for people over 60 years of age. Drop off times for donations are 10am-4pm Thursday through Saturday. If you have a large donation or any questions at all, please call the thrift store at 664-4504. Those wishing to support the shelter pets from home can shop on the 2nd Chances eBay Store, 2ndChances716. Like and follow the 2nd Chances Thrift Store Facebook page for more updates.

Healthy Pet Clinics

Healthy Pet Clinics have been canceled until further notice. Please watch the Chautauqua County Humane Society Facebook page for updates.

Important Resources Regarding Pets and COVID-19

Click here for an in-depth article from the Humane Society of the United States regarding everything from pet safety to emergency preparedness during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 


Please note: The CCHS Adoption Center is not open for visitors unless they have an appointment. Please call 665-2209 with any questions, concerns, if you have donations, or need assistance. Thank you for your patience.

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CCHS Offers Virtual Adoption Opportunity

Monday, June 8, 2020

A virtual experience could lead to some real love!  If you are thinking about adopting a cat, now is the time to help the Chautauqua County Humane Society take a step towards the future by taking part in our first virtual adoption!  CCHS would like you to help us achieve our goal of our first virtual adoption!  Enough about the future, now it’s time to meet Joey. 


Joey is a seven year old cat who is currently living with a foster family.  He is looking for a quiet home where he can just hang out and be lazy.  He loves to have his fur brushed and a good petting session, he will seek you out when it’s time for that attention.  Joey  loves to hide, but will be right by your side when you present treats and soft food!   When it comes to living with other animals, Joey has experience with other cats.  He doesn’t mind them, but does like to do his own thing.  Dogs can be too much for him and a home with older kids would be preferable. 


If Joey sounds like the guy for you, email CCHS Foster Coordinator Rachel Johnson today at rjonhson@chqhumane.org to set up your virtual adoption. 




2nd Chances Thrift Store To Open June 4th

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  

 

The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s 2nd Chances Thrift Store, 707 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown, will open Thursday, June 4th as Phase Two of New York State's reopening process begins. The store will operate on a limited schedule with the hours of 8am to 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until further notice.  Thrift Store Manager Larry Spontaneo said “From 8am to 9am we will be open exclusively to senior citizens and those that are mobility impaired or may have other healthy situations that would need a little extra time and space beyond what we are already doing to abide by the CDC guidelines for a safe store environment.” 


In preparation for opening, work was done to meet CDC guidelines.  Spontaneo said, “We have all of the necessary measures in place to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.” Those measures include proper spacing for social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, and that staff and volunteers will be supplied with masks to wear at all times while in the store.  Spontaneo said customers will be key to keeping a sanitized environment. “We will be asking customers to wear masks while in the store to help stop the possible spread of COVID-19.  We hope everyone will understand that we want folks to feel comfortable while shopping and to know that we care about their health and would expect that they also would show that consideration to our staff, volunteers and of course the other customers.”  (See the full description of safety measures below the blog)


With 2nd Chances being closed for more than two months the burning questions on everyone’s mind is, will you be taking donations?  Spontaneo said, “As we open we will be accepting donations on a limited basis from 10am to 4pm each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the time being.” The donation process will differ with the goods being accepted at a drop off point that will be clearly marked outside of the store.  Spontaneo said, “We will be taking donations directly from the donor's vehicle and loading them into a van to be taken to a local offsite sorting center.  This is being done to create more space for social distancing at the front end of the store and to have a safer environment for our staff to sort through donations. We will also ask if folks with larger donations would please call ahead to schedule a time to drop off their donations.”  The number for 2nd Chances Thrift Store is 716-664-4504.


2nd Chances Thrift Store is a critical source of funding for the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts said, “We know people have been really excited to hear information about the store reopening, and we share that sentiment. The thrift store is responsible for almost a third of our annual income and having it closed for over two months has been devastating.  To have the store up and running again is awesome, and we as always are grateful to those folks that support it.” 


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.”   




2nd Chances’ Response to COVID-19


The health and safety of our staff, customers, and volunteers are first and foremost to us. We are following protocol guidelines and recommendations issued by the County, State, and the Center for Disease Control.


Here are the changes we have made to ensure your safety:

  • All staff, customers, and volunteers will wear masks while inside the store..

  • All staff and volunteers will sign a wellness form before entering the store for their shift every day that they are working.

  • All staff and volunteers will practice frequent, proper handwashing throughout the duration of their shift.  

  • Shopping carts and baskets will be wiped down after every use.  

  • We are wiping down door handles, the credit card keypad, and counters every hour. 

  • The completion of cleaning logs will be necessary in different areas of the store depending on the frequency of high-touch surfaces there.

  • A plexiglass barrier has been installed at the register.  

  • We will promote social distancing within the store by allowing a minimum number of shoppers in at a time.

  • We have widened the aisles to give everyone more space.

  • Customers are encouraged to avoid touching items and surfaces unnecessarily.

  • Customers are encouraged to bag their own items at the checkout counter.

  • Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the store.

  • Tape lines have been put down on the floor for customer spacing in the checkout area. 

  • We are opening an hour early each day for customers who are 60 and over.  

  • Donations are being taken to a separate location where they will be cleaned and stored for a minimum of 72 hours before being put on the store shelves.  

  • Our safety plan will be posted conspicuously in the store and in the front window.

  • We will follow the required protocol should any staff, volunteers, or customers test positive for, have symptoms of, or be in lengthy close contact with anybody with symptoms or a positive test result.

  • We will give all customers the choice of completing a health screening form that includes their contact information so that they can be traced should one of the above situations occur.

  • Larry Spontaneo is our 2nd Chances Site Safety Monitor.


We appreciate our staff, volunteers, and all our loyal customers for following our new rules and understanding that they are in place for everyone’s well-being.



2nd Chances Thrift Store Accepting Donations On A Limited Basis

Monday, June 1, 2020

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The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s 2nd Chances Thrift Store, 707 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown, will be accepting donations on a limited basis as Phase Two of New York State's reopening process begins. Donations will be accepted from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays until further notice.  Thrift Store manager Larry Spontaneo said, “We are asking folks to come to the front door of the store and let us know they are here.  We will come out and unload your donations from your car.  That way we are making it more convenient for the donors and safer for everyone in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Spontaneo is also asking folks with larger number of donations to please call ahead to schedule a time to drop off those donations.”  The number for 2nd Chances Thrift Store is 716-664-4504.


2nd Chances Thrift Store is a critical source of funding for the Chautauqua County Humane Society.  CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts said, “We know people have been really excited to hear information about the store reopening, and we share that sentiment. The thrift store is responsible for almost a third of our annual income and to have it closed for over two months has been devastating.  We are hoping to be able to announce an opening date soon, and as always we are grateful to those folks that support the 2nd Chances Thrift Store.” 

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.”