Amvets Post 6472 Auxiliary In Silver Creek Holds Hearts For Pets Event

Wednesday, March 7, 2018




                                          Hearts For Animals 



At the start of 2018 two friends who are both members of the Amvets Post 6472 Ladies Auxiliary began the “Hearts for Animals” campaign. Cindy Tamer and Dianne Skinner put incredible effort into a 6 week event  that concluded on Tuesday, February 13th.

During that time these two women held a coin collection drive, raffles, a photo contest, and asked local businesses for donations.  This was all done for the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society! Through this campaign Cindy and Dianne were able to raise $1100, including a Walmart gift card and an entire van full of donations of everything from cat and dog food to hay.  The campaign culminated in a “Hearts for Pets” event at the Amvets Post located at 234 Central Avenue in Silver Creek the day before Valentines Day.

Where did the drive to put on this kind of effort come from?  These ladies are animal lovers through and through. Cindy has “Lots of cats”, all rescues, and also has a business called Gizmo’s Favorite Nipfish, named after her cat Gizmo. You can find Gizmo’s Favorite Nipfish on Facebook.  Dianne is also a dedicated animal person, known to her friends as the “Bird Lady”. She has ducks, geese, turkey, cats and 4 pit bulls. At feeding Dianne will sometimes have 50 geese to feed. These geese are both wild and some that live on her property.

When asked how they chose the Chautauqua County Humane Society to benefit from the efforts, Dianne replied “There are lots of charities, but many of the people that rely on them are also helped through state and federal government programs.  The animals don’t have that. The shelter animals only benefit from the money that comes directly from the community.”

And in this case the animals have benefited greatly. It’s because of people like Dianne Skinner and Cindy Tamer that CCHS can achieve its mission “to save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals, and commitment to the community.  

Learn more about the Amvets Post 6472 with a visit to their Facebook Page:

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is currently holding it’s Pennies 4 Paws campaign.  Visit to learn how you can help the animals in need. If you would like to share your Pennies 4 Paws fundraising story please contact CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia at 716-665-2209x213 or e-mail