CCHS Superstar Catherine Hughes Uses Silver Award Project To Benefit Pets At CCHS

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Catherine Hughes is a member of Girl Scout Troop 30327 in Evans, New York.  For her Girl Scout Silver Award she wanted to help the animals that rely on the Chautauqua County Humane Society.   Why would Catherine want to help an animal shelter that is more than an hour away from her home?  She said, “It’s because I adopted my dog Rose from there (CCHS) on October 19th, 2014.  She had been at the humane society for over a year.”

Towards her 50 Silver Award Hours, Catherine made 25 cat beds, 39 T-shirt dog ropes, 4 jean dog ropes, 18 water bottle dog toys, 12 pill-bottle cat toys, 18 noise-making Easter-Egg cat toys and an assortment of other items including handmade Birthday and Thank You cards. 

Catherine also saved up money she made from doing chores and collecting donations to buy items from the CCCHS needs list.  She donated copy paper, paper towels, collars and harnesses.  CCHS Partnership Director Brian Papalia said, “It was amazing.  When Catherine’s Mom called saying that they had a large donation to bring, she was not kidding. Catherine had varying numbers of everything on our list.  Whether they were handmade or goods she purchased, she covered everything on the list.  In the time I’ve been with the shelter, she is the first to do that.  At CCHS we are so grateful for the effort and enthusiasm Catherine put into her Silver Award project.  We can’t thank her enough.”   Catherine said, “I was shocked by how much stuff I collected just by asking family and friends.”  

Catherine said she learned a lot from her project, “I really enjoyed working on my Silver Award and collecting items that the Chautauqua County Humane Society needed. Working on this project taught me communication skills, how to manage my time, become better organized, and to learn how to use a sewing machine and to sew by hand.  I am feeling very happy that I can make the animals feel loved while waiting for their new forever home.

At the Chautauqua County Humane Society we are always grateful for the support of the community.  For anyone that may be contemplating a project to benefit the pets at CCHS we encourage you to contact CCHS Partnership Director Brian Papalia at 716-665-2209 x213 or by email at to help with ideas or to give you information that can help your project along.