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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.

CCHS Building Project Breaking Ground

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce their 2015 More Than a Shelter Capital Campaign, which entails a 2,000 square foot expansion as well as multiple renovations to the existing structure, has broke ground. Clark Patterson Lee is the lead architect and G.L. Olson, Inc. is the general contractor.

 

The expansion will introduce the method of communal housing, essentially doubling the shelter’s canine capacity. Both of which will expand the shelters ability to better the lives of the animals that are brought into CCHS. The remodel will use existing space more efficiently, which will increase the space for community education and events and will allow for a better adoption experience.

 

Thanks to the generous support of many donors, including a grant from the ASPCA and additional funding from Lenna Foundation, Sheldon Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Laura J. Niles Foundation, among many individual donors, the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

 

For more information on CCHS and their capital campaign, visit 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.

 

Pictured standing in front of the current expansion demolition are CCHS board members: L-R (Front row) Diana Ordines- Co. Vice President, Jade Barber- Secretary, Robert Rappole, DVM, Blake Tarana, Maggie Irwin- President, Janet Bowman, Cindy Panebianco- Treasurer, Emily Pryblo (Back Row) Thomas Greer, MD, David Misenheimer

Walk 4 Paws Set for October 3

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ELEVENTH ANNUAL WALK 4 PAWS SET FOR FIRST WEEKEND IN OCTOBER

 JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (August 25, 2015) Team and individual registrations are now open for the 11th annual Walk 4 Paws, presented by the Petco Foundation.  This is the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. The event combines a family friendly 2-mile walk through Chautauqua Institution with charitable giving to help provide care for all the animals awaiting adoption at the shelter.

Walk 4 Paws takes place on October 3 at the Chautauqua Institution Market Gate area. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., with the official walk starting at 10:30 a.m. New this year, at 10 a.m., CCHS will feature a red carpet runway for pets and their owners to show off their finest costumes and/or tricks. 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 events all year,” said Jeff Lubi, Executive Director for CCHS. “It’s a fun and relaxing event that allows our participants to get their pets involved and help a good cause in the process,” said Lubi.

 

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 more. Awards will also be given to the best pet costumes voted on by select judges.

 

Walkers can also form teams for the event. Interested Team Leaders are encouraged to recruit more people to join their team. The team with the highest combined fundraising total is awarded with a trophy and bragging rights for the year. In 2014, the Flarfy’s Family team collected $1,955 for the shelter and won the team competition. Ellie Hartnagel won the individual fundraising award by collecting $1,112. 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 Lubi.

 

Dogs aren’t the only animals that participate in the walk. Over the years, cats, ferrets 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.

 

The Petco Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the event followed by Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and Chautauqua Metal Finishing Supply, Shults Ford Lincoln Hyundai Kia. Media sponsors include The Post-Journal and Media One Group.

 

The event now features quick online registration and online fundraising tools for teams and individuals at www.spcapets.com. 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 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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Pennies 4 Paws a Success

Friday, July 31, 2015

CCHS PENNIES 4 PAWS CAMPAIGN SETS RECORD HIGH IN 2015

 

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (July 7, 2015) The Chautauqua County Humane Society released a final total for the 2015 Pennies 4 Paws campaign. The community, local businesses and the five radio stations of Media One Group helped raise a record high $32,439.58 for the shelter’s upcoming building expansion and renovation project. This was the tenth year for the P4P campaign.

            The P4P campaign began on February 12 and ran through the end of April; however P4P donations are accepted year-round.

            “With the help of our very generous community we were able to exceed our goal this year,” said Hannah Braun, community relations coordinator for CCHS. “Peek N’ Peak, South Hills Country Club, Shults Auto Group, Cummins Inc., and multiple local schools were champions this year by holding their own special events with proceeds to benefit the shelter,” said Braun.

Aside from special events, hundreds of individuals came to the shelter and the Second Chances Thrift Stores to donate loose change they had been saving for the animals. Over 100 specially marked P4P containers and memorial paw prints could be found at local business and organizations throughout the county during the two-month campaign.

Media One Group has supported P4P from the beginning and gave CCHS staff and volunteers the opportunity to discuss the program on-air with several of their radio personalities.

"The Staff of Media One works hard to support community efforts like pennies for paws and we are happy to have helped The Chautauqua County Humane Society make their annual campaign the most successful yet by helping them raise over 32 thousand dollars during this year's campaign and over 250 thousand in the years we have worked together," said Brian Papalia, Operations Manager for Media One.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to sign up to host a Pennies 4 Paws container in 2016, 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.

 

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Annual Bark N' Brew Event Sets Record

Friday, July 31, 2015

BARK N’ BREW FUNDRAISER AT SOUTHERN TIER BREWING COMPANY

A SUCCESS FOR HUMANE SOCIETY

 JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (July 9, 2015) The sixth annual Bark N’ Brew charity fundraiser to benefit the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) was held on June 17 at the Southern Tier Brewing Company. The event fundraised over $28,542 for the animals awaiting adoption at CCHS. Money collected allows the shelter to offer fee-waived adoption programs, reduced fee spay/neuter clinics and other adoption services year-round to the community.
Southern Tier Brewing Company is the generous host for the event with other major contributors including Ludwig Auctions, Greg Peterson, Pepsi Bottling Group of Jamestown, Jefferson Middle School, and the five stations of Media One Group.
“There is no better atmosphere than to be at one of the best breweries in our country, Southern Tier Brewing Company (STBC), joined by individuals that are all there to support one common cause,” said Hannah Braun, Community Relations Coordinator for CCHS. “It is because of STBC’s commitment and support of CCHS that this event continues to grow each and every year,” said Braun.
Over 60 donors from the community made the live and chinese auctions a success. Some of the featured items included tickets to the upcoming Carole Burnett and Jerry Seinfeld shows, coffee for a year at Tim Horton’s, a beautiful wood-crafted four post dog bed, among many other items.
For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to receive information on upcoming events, visit www.spcapets.com or follow CCHS on Facebook.
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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