Pennies 4 Paws Campaign to Begin

Friday, January 30, 2015

News Release
For Immediate Release                       


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 30, 2015) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is excited to announce that the tenth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign will begin February 12 and will run through the end of April. This year’s campaign will benefit CCHS’ ‘More Than a Shelter’ capital campaign, which will include a 2,000 sq. ft addition and multiple renovations to the Strunk Road facility.


The Pennies 4 Paws campaign hopes to collect 17 million pennies, or $17,000, by the end of the campaign. Sponsored by Media One Group, CCHS encourages schools, social organizations, individuals and businesses to fundraise in a variety of ways, including bake sales, school hat days, dress down days, pop bottle/can drives and other special events.


Collection containers are also available if they are needed by any fundraising group. Although pennies are the most common, CCHS accepts any and all monetary donations.


“With this year’s campaign supporting our building and renovation project, every penny truly counts,” said Hannah Braun, CCHS Community Relations Coordinator. “CCHS is making great strides in the rehabilitation of the animals that enter our shelter. Our community is the driving force behind this success, so we are asking for their continued assistance in reaching our goal.”


CCHS will break ground on the $750,000 two-phase building and renovation project in late Spring. Phase one will involve canine communal housing, which includes a formal training area and four 15’X19’ spaces that accommodate up to six dogs each. This will double the canine capacity at the shelter and will make lives for the dogs much happier and healthier.


Phase two will involve multiple renovations to the Strunk Road facility that when completed will add an additional surgery room, along with a larger prep and recovery area. Redesigns will also include a new visitor welcome area and three private adoption stations. The remodel will use existing space more efficiently which will increase the space for community education and events.


“The greatest thing about this fundraiser is that it is so versatile. There are a variety of ways for you to get involved,” said Braun. It is also great because you know exactly where your money is going and there will be proof at the completion of the addition and renovations.” 


For more information on the Pennies 4 Paws campaign, or to get involved, please visit or contact Community Relations Coordinator, Hannah Braun, at 716-665-2209 ext. 213 or


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.