Month: July, 2014

Bark N' Brew A Success

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (July 11, 2014) The fifth annual Bark N’ Brew charity fundraiser to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane Society was held on June 18 at Southern Tier Brewing Company. The event raised over $16,400 for the animals awaiting adoption at CCHS. Money collected allows the shelter to offer fee-waived adoption programs, spay/neuter procedures and other adoption services year-round to the community.

“Bark N’ Brew has gotten bigger and bigger each year and we’re so thankful that Southern Tier Brewing Company has been willing to work with us,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., community relations director for CCHS. “This is a highly anticipated event. We sell a limited number of tickets and end up creating a waiting list as the event approaches,” said Rodriguez. The best way to get alerts for future Bark N’ Brew events is to visit the shelter’s website and join their email newsletter list. Regular updates on shelter news and events are also available this way.

“The Bark N Brew is a wonderful event, truly enjoyed by all,” said Sara DeMink, vice president of Southern Tier Brewing Company. “We are pleased we are able to contribute to the success of this event and the CCHS organization and thankful for the generosity of the community and those attending,” said DeMink. Southern Tier Brewing Company is the host for the event with other major contributors including AMP’d Up Karaoke, Ludwig Auctions, Pepsi Bottling Group of Jamestown, Jefferson Middle School, Nestle Purina, Lake Erie Speedway and the five stations of Media One Group.

Over 100 donors from the community made the live and ticket auctions a success. Some of the featured items included golf passes, Harley Davidson merchandise, paintings, fire department spaghetti dinner and autographed sports memorabilia including an autographed poster from Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy. Kenworthy made news after the Olympics for adopting a handful of dogs from Sochi, Russia, amidst a media whirlwind. Jamestown Cycle Shop also raffled off a Trek mountain bike with a helmet and computerized bike fitting at the event.

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Barkstrom Acupuncture Donation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Barkstrom Acupuncture, a nutrition and wellness practice at 500 Pine Street in Jamestown, recently held a consultation special with proceeds to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Initial consultations/report of findings are normally a $100 service. Barkstrom reduced the cost of this service to $30 and donated the entire amount to CCHS for each patient to visit their office.

The total donation was $720 to help care for the animals at the humane society. The program is called the “Charlie Special” named after the Barkstrom’s own rescue dog, Charlie. Charlie’s Special is ongoing.
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Pets 4 Vets Adoption Special

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (July 2, 2014) For a limited time, active or retired military personnel can visit the Chautauqua County Humane Society to take advantage of fee-waived adoptions during their Pets 4 Vets adoption special. Studies have shown that rescuing an animal (or participating in volunteer dog walking at a shelter) can provide great stress reducing benefits.

The Pets 4 Vets adoption special runs through July 12 with normal shelter business hours in effect. CCHS will be closed on July 4.

“Animals are brought into military hospitals more and more each day as a tool to help service men and women cope with rehabilitation. We are taking this program one step further,” said Sue Bobek, humane outreach coordinator for CCHS. “Not only does pet adoption offer a sense of companionship and elements of therapy for the human, it also gives another homeless animal a family and a second chance. What better way to touch two lives at once?” said Bobek.

When military personnel struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adopting an animal can provide a stress reducing quality that has been proven repeatedly. Some nonprofits even work with military organizations to transport animals overseas to help current soldiers cope with their environment.

If adoption isn’t an option, CCHS is also seeking motivated dog walkers and cat socializers. Volunteer dog walking combines a structured schedule and physical exercise whereas cat socializing is a calm, tranquil activity. Both options exist for military personnel who want to get involved at a lower commitment level.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to see a list of animals currently up for adoption, visit or call 716-665-2209 ext. 0.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to promote the adoption of animals, prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect, shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals, and to provide education about the humane treatment of animals.