Walk 4 Paws Event Raises Over $34,000 for Chautauqua County Humane Society

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Photo Courtesy of Cathy Panebianco.
Photo Courtesy of  Cathy Panebianco.
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Cathy Panebianco.

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Chautauqua County Humane Society

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.”

Photo Courtesy of  Cathy Panebianco.
Photo Courtesy of
Cathy Panebianco.

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.