Month: September, 2019

Expawditions To The Walk 4 Paws

Thursday, September 12, 2019



There are many ways the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society benefit from your participation in the Walk 4 Paws on Saturday, October 5th from 9am-11:30am at Chautauqua Institution. The animals of course benefit from your fundraising, but did you know that you can actually bring a shelter dog along with you to enjoy the walk through our Expawditions program?

If you are unfamiliar, Expawditions is a program that allows community members to come to CCHS and take a shelter dog out for a doggie day trip.  It can be an hour, it can be the majority of the day. All that you need to do is fill out a quick form and complete a ten minute orientation.  Learn more about Expawditions and sign up here!

If you are interested in bringing a shelter dog to the Walk 4 Paws we ask that you complete the short orientation by Friday, October 4th so that on Saturday, October 5th you can come and pick up the dog and be on your way.  CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “It would be an awesome sight to see all of the dogs that can handle a trip out to the walk to be there in the orange adopt me vests.” 

Sign up for the Walk 4 Paws today.

It Is Time To Walk 4 Paws

Tuesday, September 10, 2019




                                                                                                                   IT'S TIME TO WALK 4 PAWS!


Team and individual registrations are open for the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s (CCHS) 15th Annual Walk 4 Paws.  The walk is Saturday, October 5th at Chautauqua Institution. 

CCHS Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said “This is a fun family friendly walk where participants are encouraged to bring along their four legged family members.  The walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the animals at CCHS and we need every foot and paw we can get walking!” Participants are encouraged to register and begin fundraising now to help the animals and earn some fantastic prizes for themselves.  Papalia said “The walk kicks off the Halloween Season so we encourage participants and their animals to come in costume, there will be a trophy for best pet costume as well as some other fun treats and prizes!” 

This year the walk is all about community. Papalia said “We will have folks from the Children’s Safety Village, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown Rebels, The Haunting at the Mall and Country Canines with some fun activities prior to the start of the walk.  Full Moon Rising and Wag Supply Co. will also be on hand with treats for participating dogs. We are really grateful to have these organizations in our community taking part and are excited that we can work together to create a fun event for participants. 

Sponsors for the 2019 Walk 4 Paws include: Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, Petco, The Media One Radio Group, Chautauqua Chemicals Company, Blackstone Advanced Technologies, Truck Lite, UBS, Lockwood Agency, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo, The Shults Auto Group and Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.

The walk features quick online registration and online fundraising tools for teams and individuals at Registration forms and collection envelopes are also available for pick up at the 2825 Strunk Road adoption center in Jamestown.

 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.





Pawpalooza 3.0 at Peach Street Petsmart in Erie

Monday, September 9, 2019



Pawpalooza three-point-oh is this Saturday from 10-2 at the Peach Street Petsmart!  With over 100 animals up for adoption this is your best chance to add a furry friend to your family.  How great is it going to be to have a new furry friend in your life! The Chautauqua County Humane Society, ANNA Shelter, Erie Animal Network, and Hope for Erie Animal Wellness are teaming up for this one of a kind event! Get to the Pawpalooza three-point-oh adoption event at the Petsmart on Peach Street from 10-3 this Saturday. 

This adoption event made possible by a grant through Petsmart Charities. 


24 Animals Go Home During Clear The Shelters

Wednesday, September 4, 2019



                                       TWO DOZEN ANIMALS GO HOME DURING CLEAR THE SHELTERS

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (August 19, 2019)  Twenty four animals went home during the annual Clear the Shelters held Saturday, August 17th.  Chautauqua County Humane Society Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia Said "The best part of Clear The Shelters is the attention it brings to animals who have relied on CCHS's care a little longer than others. Ventura is a 1 year old dog who came in as a stray on March 22nd.  He is a great dog that ended up in our care for almost 6 months, and now he is home with his family that just adores him."  


CCHS teams up annually with WGRZ Ch. 2 On Your Side to host the NBC/Universal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters annual nationwide pet adoption drive.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to receive information on special events, visit or call 716-665-2209 ext. 213 or follow us on Facebook.

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 And Salvation Army Team Up For Expanded Pet Food Pantry

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CCHS & Salvation Army Team Up For Expanded Pet Food Pantry  

**Listen to an interview with Dennis Webster on the bottom of the page featuring Kellie Roberts, Sue Bobek and Liz Lopez.



JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (June 27, 2019) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) and the Salvation Army are uniting to offer an expanded pet food pantry to area residents. CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts said  “We have had the Pet Food Pantry at CCHS for quite some time but we knew that many people were not aware of the program. Additionally, there are people in need who are not able to take advantage of the food being available only at the Adoption Center on Strunk Road due to a lack of transportation to get to us. By partnering with the Salvation Army’s Food Bank, we’re making it so that people are able to get their food as well as their pet’s food at one location within the city.”

Salvation Army Emergency Basic Needs Supervisor Elizabeth Lopez said “Response to the pantry has been phenomenal. We are a central location that serves a population of those who need assistance with basic needs such as emergency food. The Salvation Army and The Chautauqua County Humane Society working together on the pet pantry makes perfect sense.”  Lopez described how to access the pantry “Clients can request pet pantry up to once every 30 days when they come in for their full pantry service. We have a few different food programs that happen here at The Salvation Army. Full pantry is an emergency three day supply of food that is eligible to those in need once every 30 days. Clients will be instructed at their first visit how to certify on their second visit. This package is provided from Feed More WNY. Bread and produce is available more often. These products are donated from local businesses such as Wegmans, Tops, Aldi, and Farm Fresh.  Pet donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army. We are open Monday-Friday 10-12 and 1-3:30.”  The most requested items at the Pet Food Pantry include cat food, dog food, and cat litter. 

Roberts spoke of the collaborative effort “Liz and the staff there have been fantastic. They are enthusiastic and welcoming and we are so pleased to be working with them.”  Roberts also spoke of the possibility of expanding the program in the future, “Yes, we want to expand to other area food pantries as we are able to do so. We are focused at this time on bringing in enough cat, dog, kitten, and puppy food donations to meet the need through the two current locations. We want to consistently have pet food available at the Salvation Army so that people don’t have to decide between getting food for themselves or getting food for their pets. Once that is achieved we can look to expand.”

If you would like to help the local pet food pantries, donations can be dropped off at the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 2825 Strunk Road, or the Salvation Army at 83 South Main Street in Jamestown.  Donations can also be made online. 


Are Essential Oils Dangerous To Pets

Monday, September 2, 2019

      Are Essential Oils Dangerous to Pets?


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Essential oils have long been used for maladies such as nasal congestion, anxiety, sore muscles and more. And with the popularity of oil diffusers—an easy way to release oils into the air—there is more alarm about how oils may affect animals.

Here’s what you need to know, straight from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, to give your clients the straight scoop and debunk any misinformation.

Q: What are essential oils and how are they often used?

Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds that give plants their individual scents. The oils are extracted from plants and distilled, and their potential uses and touted health benefits are wide-ranging.

They can be used to make your house smell better, repel mosquitos, improve sleep, boost moods or even help alleviate nausea. For pets, they are most commonly used for repelling fleas and helping with separation anxiety.

Due to their hydrophobic nature, essential oils are absorbed well both through mucous membranes and the skin. There are either excreted unchanged or may be metabolized by the liver prior to excretion.  

Q: Are essential oils toxic?

The answer, as we so often see, is slightly more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no” since there are various factors that come into play.

First, there is variability with the toxicities of different oil types. Second, the oils can be found in a wide range of concentrations.

Products containing essential oils—such as fragrances, shampoos and medicinal products—often contain from 1-20% essential oils. However, there has been an increase in popularity of more concentrated essential oils, some going as high as 100%.

An important third factor is species sensitivity. For example:

  • Cats may be more sensitive with dermal exposure due to their increased risk of oral exposure from grooming.
  • The same concerns apply to pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.
  • Birds are more likely to suffer respiratory affects than other animals to a diffuser due to their specialized respiratory system.

Of course, animals with underlying health issues may also be at higher risk if they are unable to metabolize the oil, have respiratory disorders, or have broken skin which can allow increased absorption of dermally applied essential oils. 

Q: What symptoms should you look for? 

The most common clinical signs with dermal exposure seen by APCC include ataxia, muscle weakness, depression and behavior changes. In severe cases, hypothermia and collapse may occur. With oral exposure, vomiting, diarrhea, and central nervous system depression can be seen.

In severe cases, seizures and rarely liver injury has been reported with pennyroyal and melaleuca oils. If inhaled, aspiration pneumonia may occur. 

Q: What advice should I give clients?

  • It is best not to give or apply highly concentrated oils to pets.
  • If a pet has an underlying health problem, particularly a respiratory issue, it may be best to avoid use of essential oil diffusers in the household.
  • Do not use essential oil diffuser in the house if there are birds present.
  • If using a diffuser or warmer make sure they are out of reach of pets and that pets can leave the area if the smell is getting too strong for them.
  • Don’t keep a diffuser in the same room (or use a strong concentration) for animals who groom themselves.

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