Chautauqua County Humane Society to Waive Dog Adoption Fees


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Chautauqua County Humane Society

The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) needs your help….desperately! Are you able to adopt or foster to adopt?

At CCHS, the kennels are full, the offices are full, there may even be a dog (safely crated) in the bathroom. We have 31 dogs currently up for adoption and there is at least a half dozen more that will be available in the coming days. CCHS Senior Programs Director Brian Papalia said, “There are currently more than 40 dogs in our facility, which puts us at least 10 above our max capacity so we have decided to waive adoption fees until we can get the population down to a manageable level. This is a crisis, and we are in desperate need to have the community step up and help give these dogs homes.” This is not a situation that is unique to our shelter as shelters all over the United States are dealing with similar situations.

We need your help to get these dogs into loving homes where they have space to stretch out and be dogs, they can have a quiet(er) life, and they can get the individual attention that they deserve. Papalia said, “We are waiving the fee, but all other steps of the adoption process will remain firmly in place. We encourage adopters to fill out an online adoption application at Meets and dog meets will be necessary. We are working to make matches that will be happy, healthy, and last a lifetime. We also welcome donations in lieu of the adoption fee.”

CCHS also want to take this opportunity to encourage folks to make sure their pets have clear and accurate information on their collars, so if found they can be easily contacted for a quick return of their pet.

Information and photos are available at The shelter is open from 1pm to 5:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 11am to 3pm on Saturdays. 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.