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Heaven Can Wait - Angel's Fund

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Over the past several years, the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) has repeatedly sought to advance its level of medical care - so much so that it has allowed us to achieve a 99% save rate.

We dedicate our jobs and our lives to providing the best care possible to all animals that enter CCHS - even if we aren't quite sure of what the possible outcome may be. 

Back in July, a call was made to one of our employees regarding a litter of kittens that were underneath the steps of a condemned home. After waiting a little while, a mama cat showed up and 4 kittens were pulled out. One more was tucked away, laying down, and not able to use her hind legs. We introduce to you, Angel, who we have deemed our gift from up above. 

The kittens, and especially Angel, needed immediate care. In the midst of kitten season, the shelter was full and no space was available for a mama and 5 kittens. So one of our staff members stepped in and became an immediate foster. 

Angel was brought in for an evaluation by one of the vets at CCHS, where they recommended just giving her time to heal and that it was most likely a broken leg. Being a kitten, Angel loves to play, even if she really can't. So her foster would help her and would exercise her legs trying to make them stronger. After a week or so of no success, Angel was brought to a vet hospital for a more detailed exam and XRAY where they determined she in fact had a broken leg but that it was just about fully healed. There was just one spot on the XRAY that was a little concerning. 

With a fully healed bone, Angel is still not capable of standing on her back legs. She has now lost her ability to excrete her bladder on her own. What she has not lost, is her will to live and play like a kitten. While the odds may be against her, she is one happy and playful kitten. 

After much consultation, it has been determined that it was more than just a broken leg and most likely something neurological. We are aware that more advanced medical attention than what veterinarians can provide locally, is needed. A call was made to Cornell University, upon which they scheduled an appointment with Angel for September 27. After talking, we determined that waiting that long is not an option. Thus we have scheduled an appointment 5 hours away in Michigan for this upcoming Friday. 

Now anyone knows that veterinarian costs can be extreme and caring for roughly 2,000 animals a year here at CCHS, our medical costs can add up. For just the MRI that is needed, it will cost roughly $2,000. The care after that, we have no idea. We know that for some this may all sound absurd. But to that we say, come down to 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY and spend just 5 minutes with Angel, you'll understand. 

While the costs seem high for our shelter, collectively we have faith in believing we can help her on her journey. This special kitten’s case strengthens our ability to better care for animals with more disheartening conditions and signifies our belief that Heaven Can Wait. 

A penny can make a difference, we have learned that. Your support has taken us this far and we are so thankful for that. Please, help us fund Angel's journey, wherever it may take us.

Update  8/24/16

Just an update... the MRI that was done showed a cyst on Angel's vertebrae, which is why the doctor proceeded with a spinal tap. The results from the spinal tap are in but didn't get in until late this afternoon, and the doctor had left for the day. We are scheduled for a consultation via phone with him tomorrow. We should know more then. For the time being, Angel has been placed on steroids and has been doing physical therapy three times a day here with some of our dedicated staff and volunteers! She is so happy and lovable, hard to believe that she has any problems! 

Again, thank you all for your unwavering support. We can't believe how successful this campaign is. We are so lucky to live in such a dedicated, animal loving community

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Update 8/30/16

We received the blood work results from the veterinarians office and they determined that there was no indication of any blood infection, thus concluding that Angel's condition was most likely congenital. Angel was on a steroid for two weeks and we saw very little improvement, meaning that the chance of her ever improving is very poor.

However, that does not mean we are giving up on her, because we AREN'T. Angel is in no pain and is not suffering at all, she could truly live out a great life. We believe that there is the right person out there that is looking for a special cat, like Angel. 

So at this point, we are creating a life plan for Angel which will include a medical care plan from here on out as well as strategies for adoption, that will give her the best fur-ever home possible. Heaven is just going to have to wait.

Again, thank you for all of your support. The staff and volunteers here at CCHS are so amazed at the support we have received for our beloved, Angel. We will keep you posted as we move forward. THANK YOU!

 

Update 3/7/17

Our Angel baby has a big day tomorrow as she travels back to Michigan to be reevaluated now that she is over 6 months. They are looking to find out whether or not she is a good candidate for surgery. The best case scenario would be that the surgery would repair mobility in Angel's hind legs. Think positive thoughts for our "Angel."

Update 3/9/17

Our Angel kitty is home after a long couple of days and she is exhausted! We got the results back from Dr. Mosher out in Michigan - and were able to get a better understanding of Angel's condition now that she has grown.

While they weren't the results we wanted to hear, he reiterated to us that she is happy and for the most part is healthy. She has no voluntary movement in her back legs - the movements that we had witnessed were likely due to severe spastic reflexes. The cyst has grown with her... but doesn't necessarily mean it is going to grow any larger. The doc believes that Angel's spinal cord may not be fully intact.... which means the paralysis in her legs would most likely see no results from surgery. Thus leading us to make the decision to not move forward with the surgery.

Last but not least..... this is NOT a death sentence for Angel by any means. With YOUR help, we truly believe we can find the right person to help Angel in her next chapter of life.

Pet Photo Contest Raises over $10K

Thursday, March 2, 2017

THE CCHS 2017 HOT DOGS COOL CATS PET PHOTO CONTEST

RAISES OVER $10K

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 6, 2017) – The Chautauqua County Humane Society released their final totals for the 2017 Hot Dogs Cools Cats Pet Photo Contest, sponsored by Media One Group and Happy Hounds Hotel & Day Spa. The entrants helped CCHS reach their goal and raised $10,455 dollars for the animals at CCHS.

 

CCHS is proud to announce the 2017 CCHS Pet of the Year is Joella, whose owner is Deanna Cordosi. In a close second was Nacchan, pet of Aki Davis, third was Oreo, pet of Karen Bradigan, and fourth was Layla, pet of Dara Wilson.

 

“This contest is the true epitome of how great our community is,” said Hannah Raynor, Community Relations Director for CCHS. “The participants really do all of the fundraising on their own, and they do an amazing job at it.”

 

Individuals from the community were encouraged to upload a photo and story of their favorite pet for online visitors to vote on. The 23 pets with the most votes will appear on 2 cards in a deck of playing cards, with the top 4 vote-getters appearing on a face card (all 4 suits) of their choice. All 23 winners will receive (1) deck of playing cards. The cards will be available at a later date and all participants will be notified when they are available.

 

“We tried something new this year with the pet photo contest and we believe our community really took a liking to it,” said Raynor. “We are excited to release our first ever deck of playing cards.” 

 

To learn more about the HDCC Pet Photo Contest or other CCHS events, please visit spcapets.com.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need. 

Pennies 4 Paws Campaign to Begin February 12

Thursday, March 2, 2017

PENNIES 4 PAWS CAMPAIGN TO KICKOFF IN FEBRUARY


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January , 2017) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is excited to announce the twelfth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign will begin February 12 and will run through the end of April. This year’s campaign will benefit the animals at CCHS significantly by providing essential care and rehabilitation to animals in need of help.

In 2016, CCHS took in 1,644 animals that were in need of something. Whether it be food, medical needs, training supplies, or a little bit of love, CCHS bears the financial burden that arises from the cost of these services.

 

On average, it costs CCHS $600 a week to feed the animals that are at the shelter and in foster care. It costs CCHS $60 to spay/neuter an average size animal.

 

“Everyone knows the cost of owning a pet can add up, just imagine how much it costs CCHS to care for over 120 animals on any given day,” said Hannah Raynor, CCHS Community Relations Director. “From the cost of food and medical care to the cost of paying those that care for these animals, the financial loads can be overwhelming.”

 

The Pennies 4 Paws campaign hopes to collect 21 million pennies, or $21,000, 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.

For more information on the Pennies 4 Paws campaign, or to get involved, please visit www.spcapets.com or contact Community Relations Director, Hannah Raynor, at 716-665-2209 ext. 213 or hbraun@spcapets.com.

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.

CCHS CALLED TO ASSIST ASPCA IN CAT REHOMING

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CCHS CALLED TO ASSIST ASPCA IN CAT REHOMING

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (March 2, 2017) The Chautauqua County Humane Society is seeking the public’s help in rehoming barn cats from an ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) temporary shelter in New York City. Agencies all across the United States, including CCHS, are taking part in a massive operation to care for and rehome hundreds of cats that were believed to have been exposed to the avian flu virus, H7N2.

In early January, more than 450 cats were transported to the ASPCA temporary shelter through the ACC (Animal Care Centers of NYC). The cats have been quarantined at the facility ever since and have all recently been deemed healthy and are no longer contagious. The ASPCA recently reached out to CCHS to see if they would be willing to take in a number of these cats, a majority being feral barn cats. CCHS agreed to do so under the condition that individuals would need to commit to adopting the barn cats before they would be transferred to CCHS.

Barn cats are feral (semi-wild) and typically live on farms or in warehouses, stables, or other suitable outdoor locations. When owning a barn cat, the owner’s only responsibilities are to provide daily food/water and protection from the elements. Long-term vet care should also be considered. Experts suggest a short period of confinement so that the cats can adjust and accept your barn as their new home.

There are many benefits to adopting one of these barn cat(s), including the following:

  • Barn cats keep rodents and other unwanted pests out of your barn and property. They also protect your feed and other grains.
  • The cats are already spayed/neutered and vaccinated and were given proper veterinary care.
  • To put it simply, you are saving a life! Feral cats are not suitable as companions in a family home therefore we need to find alternative placement for them, such as barns and warehouses.
  • There are no costs associated with adopting barn cats.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in adopting a barn cat(s), please contact Sue Bobek at 716.665.2209 ext. 212 or sbobek@spcapets.com as soon as possible.  

It should be noted that while CCHS assists the ASPCA in cases such as these, CCHS is not financially supported by the ASPCA in any way. CCHS is a local, non-profit organization that is not affiliated with or funded by any level of government nor by any national groups such as the ASPCA.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society, connect with CCHS on Facebook or visit spcapets.com.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need. 

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CCHS Announces New Executive Director

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (January 16, 2017) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kellie Roberts as its new executive director. Kellie succeeds Jeff Lubi, who announced his retirement effective January 1.

 

Kellie, a Falconer Central School graduate, brings with her an impressive background in shelter management, animal care, and nonprofit development. Most recently, Kellie served as the Director of Placement Services for the Animal Friends animal shelter in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her bachelor’s degree in business, management, and economics with a concentration in business and nonprofit management from Empire State College in Jamestown, NY. She also received a bachelor’s degree in literature with a minor in journalism from SUNY Oneonta and an associate’s degree in veterinary technology from SUNY Delhi.

 

“I am pleased to have this opportunity to advance the vital programs and services offered by CCHS to the animals and people of our community,” said Kellie. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, volunteers, and the public in this endeavor.”

 

In addition to her role at Animal Friends, Kellie also served as the Director of Programs and Services at the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield, PA. Kellie led and assisted her team(s) in developing innovative programs and services; created successful volunteer and foster care programs; and successfully achieved program funding through grant writing.

 

“Kellie brings extensive experience in a shelter environment and has all of the most important qualities we had been seeking in an executive director,” said Maggie Irwin, president of the Board of Directors. “On behalf of the board, we are confident that Kellie can continue to lead CCHS on a path of success. Her record of accomplishment and leadership will help to expand our objectives in the work of animal welfare.”

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society, connect with CCHS on Facebook, or call the shelter at 716.665.2209.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to provide temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need. 

 

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CCHS Loss of an Employee- Terra Dourlain

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Chautauqua County Humane Society and our 2nd Chances Thrift Store are sad to announce the recent passing of our Thrift Store Manager, Terra Dourlain. Her vision, enthusiasm, and her passion for the animals and the shelter will be greatly missed. We send our sincerest condolences to her family and friends during this very difficult time.

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Terra L. Dourlain, 49, formerly of McMurray, Pa., and a 1985 graduate of Peters Twp. High School, Pa., and a longterm resident and valued community member of Jamestown, N.Y., passed away suddenly on Dece. 25, 2016.

Terra is survived by her mother, Betty Dourlain of McMurray, Pa.; and her father, Robert Dourlain of Carnegie, Pa.; a sister, Carrie Buchanan of Wooster, OH; and a brother, Brian Dourlain of Shaler, Pa.; as well as two nieces and four nephews. Terra will also be remembered dearly by her family and friends and has left too soon for her closest friends; Sherry, Sue, Pat, and her special friend Anne as well as her treasured pets Zachary, Piglet, and Daisy.

Terra will be remembered for being a 5-foot-tall ball of fire, most known for being tenacious and unrelenting in all that she set out to do.

Terra was a scholar, athlete, cancer survivor at age 21, published author, eloquent writer, and used those skills as an entrepreneur and leader. In recent years Terra has worked tirelessly to mentor others, and help build the 2nd Chances Thrift Store as well as the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Terra has always shared her love for animals with her mother and had found her “calling” as she made a difference for these animals through her work at 2nd Chances, through her fundraising, by building partnerships with area businesses. Terra helped people in the area by partnering her work at 2nd Chances with BOCES and has helped many to gain the skills needed to enter the workforce and support a family. Through these endeavors she has touched the life of many as a mentor, friend, and as an inspiration in the changes she had brought to the Jamestown area.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at noon in the Lind Funeral Home.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday prior to the service in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Chautauqua County Humane Society in her honor. Donations can be mailed to The Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or online at www.spcapets.com/donate.

Words of condolence may be left at www.lindfuneralhome.com.

From; The Post-Journal 

WALK 4 PAWS EVENT RAISES OVER $34,000 FOR CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (October 5, 2016) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the totals from their Twelfth Annual Walk 4 Paws fundraiser. Team fundraising, individual fundraising, Tag Days money collection weekends, sponsorship and other various donations contributed to the approximate $34,296.00 total.  The money raised will go directly towards the mission of the CCHS.

 

The Walk 4 Paws event was held Saturday, October 1 at Chautauqua Institution’s Market Gate parking area. This year’s event brought together more than 300 people for the exciting day which included a two-mile
awareness/fundraising walk, cook out and pet costume contest.


“It’s amazing to see the community support our mission,” said Jeff Lubi, Executive Director for the CCHS. “With their help, we are able to meet our goals, which allows us to meet the needs of the unwanted, homeless and abused animals of our communities, said Lubi.”

The top three individuals and teams were announced at the event and will receive awards at a later date. Ellie Hartnagel was the first place individual collecting $1,626 and TRC Paw Walkers as the top team, raising $1,811. The pet costume contest
winner was awarded to a dog with a cat attached to its back.

“Every time I hear a story about an abused animal it motivates me to help,” said top fundraiser Ellie Hartnagel. “When I see my dogs lying in a warm, comfortable environment, it motivates me to help. Walking into CCHS and seeing how clean and well-staffed it is, makes my heart happy,” said Hartnagel. “Through the years I have watched all the changes and improvements that CCHS has made and feel very confident that the money I raise is going to improve the conditions and care for animals.”

CCHS would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all those who volunteered and/or donated to the 2016 Walk 4 Paws. The success of the event was made possible by the sponsors and those that volunteered and went out and solicited donations. This year’s lead sponsor was Petco Foundation. Additional sponsors included Chautauqua Chemicals Company, The Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Ed Shults Auto Group, Alpha Dog Marketing, Chautauqua Institution, Clark Patterson Lee, Dog Speak, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo, Jamestown Electro Plating, King’s Heating and Sheet Metal, Lockwood Agency, Magnum Graf-X, Southern Tier Financial- Dave Switala and John LaBardo, and UBS Financial Services. This year’s media sponsors were The Post Journal and the five stations of Media One Group. Media One Group is the official media sponsor of CCHS.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to receive information on other special events, visit www.spcapets.com or call 716-665-2209 ext. 213.

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.

Note: Photo’s submitted by Cathy Panebianco and Jim Richardson. 

Lubi Retiring as Executive Director Of Humane Society

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

After 14 years of dedicated and committed service to the Chautauqua County Humane Society and growing the organization more than tenfold, Jeffrey Lubi has announced his retirement as executive director of the Chautauqua County Humane Society effective Jan. 1.

“I had mixed emotions when Jeff told me he planned to retire,” said Maggie Irwin, Humane Society board president. “I am sad for our organization that Jeff is retiring. He has had such a large, important impact on CCHS. But I am very happy for him.”

Since Lubi’s hiring in 2003 and under his leadership, the Humane Society has developed the “No Need to Kill” directive and grew CCHS from a 53 percent save rate, to a 97 percent save rate.

During Lubi’s tenure, the society developed a low income spay neuter clinic available to the community which to date has provided this service to over 13,000 pets. With his direction and forward thinking, the shelter has not only become a leader in the community but a leader in the animal welfare industry.

“It is with a combination of excitement, anticipation, and some angst that I announce my retirement,” Lubi said. “Over the years, I have had the distinct honor to be part of a team comprised of incredibly talented and committed staff and passionate volunteers. I leave very proud of the many accomplishments we all achieved together on behalf of all the animals we care so deeply about.”

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter and rehabilitation for homeless animals for the purpose of finding permanent new homes. CCHS supports healthy pet initiatives through community involvement, humane education and animal care for people in need.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY HONORS TOP W4P FUNDRAISERS

Thursday, February 18, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (November 17, 2015) Every year at the beginning of October, the Chautauqua County Humane Society hosts its largest fundraiser, the Walk 4 Paws. This year’s fundraiser took place on October 3 at the Chautauqua Institution and collectively raised $30,619.00. On Saturday, November 7, the Chautauqua County Humane Society held an awards presentation to thank and reward their top W4P fundraisers. The event was held at the CCHS Strunk Road location.

 

This year’s top individual fundraisers were Ellie Hartnagel at $2,595, Reiley Kolstee raised $1,330 and Maggie Irwin was close behind with $630. They were awarded engraved porcelain pet bowls. The leading teams were Flarfy’s Family with $1,717, The Resource Center Paw Walkers collected $1,640 and Canine Crusaders finished third with $1,337. The teams were awarded trophies.

 

For more information on the CCHS, visit www.spcapets.com or call 716.665.2209. To keep in touch, follow CCHS on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

Pennies 4 Paws Campaign to Kickoff in February

Thursday, February 18, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (February 5, 2016) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is excited to announce that the eleventh annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign will begin February 12 and will run through the end of April. This year’s campaign will benefit the animals at CCHS significantly by providing lifesaving medical services to animals in desperate need of care.

 

The Pennies 4 Paws campaign hopes to collect 25 million pennies, or $25,000, 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.”

 

In 2015, CCHS took in 1,683 animals that needed lifesaving medical services. Whether it be preventative care, surgical operations, x-rays, diagnostic testing, diabetes maintenance, dental work, etc., CCHS bears the financial burden that arises from the cost of these services.

 

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

 

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.

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