4th of July travel with your pets


The AAA says a record 44.2 Million Americans will be travelling 50 miles or farther from home this 4th of July.  If you are taking your four legged friend here are some import tips from the ASPCA.

For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come along. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your pets. If you’re planning to take a trip with pets in tow, we have some tips to help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for everyone.

Remember, no matter where you’re headed or how you plan to get there, make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.

Traveling by plane?
Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat, it’s best to avoid air travel with your pets. If you must bring your pet along on the flight, here are a few suggestions to keep your pet safe while flying the friendly skies.

·         Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel during a layover.

·         Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup. Prior to your trip, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of your departure. Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended as it could hamper his or her breathing, so use this time to check with your veterinarian for ways to relax your pet if you suspect he or she may become afraid, anxious or uncomfortable mid-flight. For travel outside of the continental United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for more information.

·         Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably, and lined with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels—to absorb accidents. Prior to your trip, tape a small pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he or she gets hungry during a layover. The night before you leave, freeze a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading and will melt by the time he or she is thirsty. Make sure the crate door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency.

·         Make sure your pet’s crate has proper identification. Mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet.

·         Tell every airline employee you encounter—on the ground and in the air—that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they'll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed. If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible. In certain situations, removing the animal from the cargo hold and deplaning may be warranted.

Taking a Road Trip?
Traveling with a pet by car involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few car travel safety tips to help you prepare for a smooth and safe trip.

·         Prep your pet for a long trip. Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record. While this generally isn't a problem, some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.

·         Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.

·         Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.

·         Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

Information found at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/travel-safety-tips

Picture source http://www.bzdogs.com/2012/08/on-vacation.html


Shults Subaru Hosts Subaru Loves Pets Event

Monday, November 20, 2017


Shults Subaru in Jamestown recently hosted their annual Subaru Loves Pets Event at their 311 Fluvanna Avenue, Jamestown location.  Staff and volunteers from the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) held an adoption drive at the dealership on Saturday, October 28.   Adopters on that day were able to choose from a number of special products including toys and water bowls designed by Subaru to take home with their newly adopted dog or cat. As an extra incentive for the day Shults Subaru generously donated twenty-five dollars for each test drive that day.  The test drive event resulted in a five-hundred dollar donation to the Chautauqua County Humane Society from Shults Subaru.  Shults  Subaru Sales Manager Darren Hills says: "We are so happy to be collaborating with the Chautauqua County Humane Society. Our hope is that through the SUBARU Loves Pets campaign and by supporting the mission of CCHS that no animal is ever left unloved."  CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia said “We are so thankful for the dedication and support shown by the team at Shults  Subaru.  Their donations go directly to the care of the animals residing at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.”  Find out how you can help the Chautauqua Humane Society at SPCAPETS.COM.


Pictured in the Photo from Left to Right: Matt Kahm Vice President of Marketing, Bev Lubi Business Development Coordinator, Darren Hills Sales Manager, Kellie Roberts CCHS Executive Director, Sallie Johnson Sales Manager and Brian Papalia CCHS Community Relations Director.

Chautauqua County Humane Society Featured on WIVB TV News

Monday, November 20, 2017

A viral video of a recently surrendered potbelly pig  named Princess Porkchop posted on the Chautauqua County Humane Society Facebook page was featured on WIVB news out of Buffalo Sunday night.  The video was posted on Facebook this past Thursday and as of Monday, November 20th has been viewed over 66 Thousand times!  CCHS Community Relations Director Brian Papalia says "This is a great extra piece of exposure for Princess that will definitely help the right people connect with her, so she can go home".   Princess is house trained to use a litter box, and gets along well with cats and dogs.  Sue Bobek, Director of Animal Services says "Princess is definitely and indoor pig"  Bobek also explained that Princess has a weight problem and will "also need to go to a home where her care takers will help her work on her weight issue". 

See the video by clicking this link:


CCHS Offers Help Following Jamestown Cruelty Case

Friday, November 17, 2017




JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (November 17, 2017)   In the wake of this week’s animal cruelty case stemming from two dogs being found in terrible condition following a house fire on Mt. Vernon Street in Jamestown, the Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) would like to remind area residents to contact local authorities if they are aware of any situation involving animal cruelty.  CCHS will be there to offer services free of charge to local authorities once the situation has been deemed a cruelty case. CCHS can help the authorities with housing, mental and physical health evaluations and work with police to garner evidence for the case as it goes through the judicial process.


Sue Bobek CCHS Director of Animal Services says “We offer services to local police agencies free of charge because we do not want cost to come into the equation when it comes to doing what local municipalities have to do versus the right thing to do when it comes to the wellbeing of the animals in these situations.”


Bobek also stresses the importance of Humane Education “Some of these situations are not people trying to do the wrong thing, but people who are unable to do the right thing, whether through lack of funds, or knowledge of how to properly care for their pets.”  She also stated that “The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a resource for the whole community, whether it’s helping through our pet pantry, or helping to get proper pet care. We have a lot to offer”


CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts says “We know that there is always the possibility of neglect and abuse in our community. Over the last few months we have been working on initiatives to partner more closely with our local municipalities, authorities and the judicial system to help reduce the problems of animal neglect and abuse in our community.”


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 improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals, and commitment to the community. 




Health Department Hosts Final Rabies Vaccination Clinic November 18th

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DHHS Announces Final Animal Rabies Immunization Clinic of 2017

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced its final rabies vaccination clinic of the year will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamestown Fire Training Center, 240 Harrison St. in Jamestown, N.Y. The clinic is sponsored in conjunction with the City of Jamestown and Dr. Gregory Hoyt will be the attending veterinarian.


Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage and pet owners should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination.


New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and county residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having their pets vaccinated.


Rabies is a very serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes are the common disease carriers. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body from a bite, scratch, scrape or open cut. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause brain swelling and ultimately death within days of the onset of symptoms.


For more information about the clinic and rabies in general, visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/243/Environmental-Health or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.


Taken from: http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=904


CCHS Dog to Perform with Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Article from the November 9th Edition of the Jamestown Post Journal.

For the first time in its decades-long downtown Jamestown tradition, a local ballet production will feature a former guest of the Chautauqua County Humane Society.The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is partnering with the Humane Society to feature an adopted dog in its upcoming December production of “The Nutcracker,” which will be held at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

The production typically features a dog during the party scene. However CRYB Executive Director Elizabeth Bush said the ballet company wanted to try a different angle this year.“We’ve been collaborating with the Humane Society this year to use one of their adopted dogs in the party scene,” she said. “They’re providing us with a dog that has already been adopted, and we hope that we can use this opportunity to help them out with further adoptions in the future.”

The dog in question is Chloe, a 4-year-old lab-Newfoundland mix who is a Chautauqua County Humane Society rescue. Chloe was dropped off at the Humane Society shelter as a nine-week-old puppy before being adopted by Humane Society volunteer Sarah Winton.

The collaboration came about in large part due to CRYB dancer Lillian Ingrao, who volunteers with the Humane Society after school. Lillian approached Sue Bobek, director of animal services at the Humane Society, who in turn asked Winton if she would be willing to lend Chloe to the production.

“Chloe is one of our success stories,” Winton said. “She has a lot of experience with dog training and she’s been a part of a lot of talks at schools and other places; so she should be pretty prepared for this.”

“We are so happy that the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet thought to incorporate the Chautauqua County Humane Society into this year’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker,'” said Brian Papalia, Humane Society community relations director. “It will be so great to see a dog who came through the shelter onstage with all of these happy children.”

Tickets to “The Nutcracker” are currently on sale ranging from $12 to $35, and can be purchased by calling the Reg Lenna box office at 484-7070 or online at reglenna.com.

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CCHS Honors Veterans Who Volunteer

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saturday November 11th is Veteran’s Day.  Veteran’s Day is a day for the nation to recognize the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. This year we are focusing on those that have served our country, and now donate their time and talent to volunteering here at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.


Dan Zepka served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970 and was in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.  Dan has volunteered at CCHS since 2012. 


Tom Whittaker has been volunteering with CCHS for at least 3 years.  Tom served in the United State Army from 1968 to 1971.  He was also in Vietnam.  


Tom Fairbanks joined the United States Navy in 1964 and served with the Seabees.  Tom has been volunteering at CCHS for at least a decade. 

Marty McKotch served in the United States Army from October 1963 to 1965.  He served stateside at Fort Benning in Georgia.  Marty has been volunteering at the shelter for the past 15 to 20 years!

Lee Potts has been volunteering for the Chautauqua County Humane Society for 8 years.  Lee was drafted into the United States Army on his 24th Birthday.  “I was teaching on a Friday, and was in the Army by Monday” Potts said.   He served in the Army from 1971 to 1973.

Thanks to all of our veterans for your service and for volunteering at the Chautauqua County Humane Society!  


Chautauqua Region Community Foundation GiveThanks

Thursday, November 2, 2017

This is the time of year that we stop to #GiveThanks.  At the Chautauqua County Humane Society we have much to be thankful for! This year the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is giving back to the charities that the community is most thankful for.  All it takes is a visit to the Community Foundation Website to tell them who your favorite charitable organization is and why you are thankful for that organization.  At the Chautauqua County Humane Society we appreciate the support we receive from the community throughout the year.  We are hoping we can count on your support now.  The top 5 charities in the #GiveThanks campaign will receive a $1,000 grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  Please think of the Chautauqua County Humane Society when you visit:


From the Volunteers, Staff and most importantly the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, Thank You!

2017 Walk 4 Paws is a Major Success

Monday, October 30, 2017






JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (October 26, 2017) The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the totals from their Thirteenth Annual Walk 4 Paws fundraiser, presented by Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa and The Southern Tier Xpress. Team and individual fundraising, Tag Days money collection weekends, sponsorship and other various donations contributed to the $37,525.00 total.  This is the highest total in the 13 year history of the walk! The money raised will go directly towards the mission of the CCHS.


The Walk 4 Paws event was held Saturday October 14 at Chautauqua Institution. The walk brought together more than 300 people for the exciting day which included a one and a half mile awareness/fundraising walk, cook out and pet costume contest. The Pet Costume Contest was won by a dog dressed like a Christmas tree.

“We are so excited to see this level of dedication and support for the work that is done at the Chautauqua County Humane Society,” said Kellie Roberts, Executive Director for the CCHS. “With the help of participants, volunteers and staff we are able to fulfill our mission to the animals that rely on us to keep them safe and healthy until they find a home, said Roberts.” 

The top three individuals and teams were announced at the event and will receive their awards November 18th on 1240AM WJTN’s Saturday Breakfast Party. Reiley Kolstee was the first place individual collecting $2,055, CCHS Executive Director Kellie Roberts was second with $1,248 and Keith Warner was third with $571. The Hultin Family Animal Lovers was the top team, raising $2,257, Flarfy’s Family was 2nd with $1,403 and Team Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union was third with $696. The pet costume contest winner was awarded to a dog dressed as a Christmas tree.


CCHS would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all those who volunteered and/or donated to the 2017 Walk 4 Paws. The success of the event was made possible by the sponsors. This year’s lead sponsors were the Southern Tier Xpress and Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa. Additional sponsors included The Lynn Development Group, Jamestown Cycle Shop, Chautauqua Chemicals Company, The Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Ed Shults Auto Group,  Allied Alarm, Truck Lite, Lewis and Lewis Personal Injury Lawyers, Dog Speak, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo, Basil Fredonia, King’s Heating and Sheet Metal, Lockwood Agency, Farm Fresh Foods, Lakeside Veterinary Medicine, Southern Tier Financial- Dave Switala and John LaBardo, Farm Fresh Variety Store and Redemption Center, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union,  G.L. Olson, Tim Horton’s, The Trophy House and UBS Financial Services. This year’s media sponsors were The Post Journal and the five stations of Media One Group including SE-93, WHUG 101.9, 103.1 The Fox, 1240AM WJTN and 1340AM Kissin’ Oldies. 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 improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals, and commitment to the community.


Note: Photo’s submitted by Cathy Panebianco.  





Subaru Loves Pets Adoption event @ Shults Subaru on Fluvanna Avenue

Monday, October 23, 2017

Shults Subaru on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown is hosting the Subaru Loves Pets adoption event from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, October 28th.  Shults Subaru will donate 25 dollars to CCHS for every test drive that happens on Saturday, October 28th.   There will also be special gifts for adopters provided by Subaru.   The gifts range from stainless steel dog bowls to special Subaru Chew Toys!   Sue Bobek, CCHS Director of Animal Services says “It’s great to work with the fantastic staff at Ed Shults Subaru to spread the word about getting our animals homes, and raising money for the shelter at the same time.  We are so thankful to the people at Ed Shults Subaru for hosting this event.”

Halloween Pet Safety

Monday, October 23, 2017


Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.

Article taken from: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/halloween-safety-tips

Stash the Treats
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury. Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandanna instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

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