The Walk 4 Paws is getting close!

Thursday, October 11, 2018





There is still time to form a team or participate as an individual for the 14th annual Walk 4 Paws, presented by Happy Hounds Hotel and The Shults Auto Group.  This is the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. The event combines a family friendly 1.5-mile walk through Chautauqua Institution with charitable giving to help provide care for all the animals awaiting adoption at the shelter.


The annual Walk 4 Paws event takes place on Saturday, October 20 at the Market Gate of Chautauqua Institution. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., with the official walk starting at 10:30 a.m. Again this year, at 10 a.m., CCHS will feature a runway for pets and their owners to show off their finest costumes and/or tricks. A trophy will be awarded to the pet with the best costume! This is where the costume contest judging will take place.  Awards and complimentary refreshments will follow at the conclusion of the walk.


“This is one of our most exciting and definitely our largest events of the year,” said Kellie Roberts, Executive Director for CCHS. “It’s a fun and relaxing event that allows our participants to tour Chautauqua with their pets and fundraise for the animals that rely on CCHS in the process,” said Roberts.


Unlike most charity walks or 5K events, community members walk alongside their favorite pets and get personal sponsors to help raise money for the shelter. As individual walkers’ fundraising totals go up, they have the opportunity to earn bigger incentive prizes. The first incentive level gets a commemorative Walk 4 Paws t-shirt and higher incentive levels can earn Keurig coffee makers, bicycles, jewelry, electronic devices and so much more. Click here to see prizes...


Walkers can also form teams for the event. Interested Team Leaders are encouraged to recruit more people to join their team. The top three teams with the highest combined fundraising total are awarded a trophy as well as the top three individuals. Local businesses are encouraged to create teams of walkers for promotional opportunities.


“We are a non-profit organization that receives no funding from the government at any level. Our special events are significant to the shelter and we are very thankful for the community support that we receive each year,” said Roberts.


Dogs aren’t the only animals that can participate in the walk. Over the years, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and even a horse have participated in the event. The event is meant to raise awareness and funds for all animals that enter the humane society facilities.


Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa and The Shults Auto Group are the presenting sponsors of this year’s walk. Followed by Labella  and Chautauqua Chemical Company. The five Media One Group radio stations (SE-93, 1240am *and 101.3 FM WJTN, 101.9 WHUG, 1340 WKSN, and 103.1 WQFX) is the media sponsor for 2018.  We are also grateful for community support from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown. 


The event now features quick online registration and online fundraising tools for teams and individuals at For those interested in fundraising on hard copy materials, registration forms and collection envelopes are available for pick up at the shelter.  For more information or to have materials mailed to your home, call 716-665-2209 ext. 213.


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.