Tenth Annual Walk 4 Paws Coming this October

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Chautauqua County Humane Society

Registrations are Now Open for the Walk 4 Paws, 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 4 at the Chautauqua Institution Market Gate area. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. with the walk, awards and complimentary refreshments to follow.
“We look forward to this event all year,” said Jeff Lubi, Executive Director for CCHS. “It is a lot of fun to see family and friends outside walking together, laughing together and helping 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 are also given to the best pet costumes voted on by the CCHS Board of Directors.
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 2013, The Resource Center’s Animal Lovers team collected over $2,171 for the shelter and won the team competition. Reiley Kolstee won the individual fundraising award by collecting $875. Local businesses are encouraged to create teams of walkers for promotional opportunities.
“This is our tenth anniversary of holding the Walk 4 Paws. In that time, our community has collected a significant amount of money for our animal shelter. We are very grateful to see the crowd each year come out to support us,” said Lubi. Dogs aren’t the only animals that participate in the walk. Over the years, cats, ferrets and even a horsehave participated in the event. The event is meant to raise awareness and funds for all animals that enter the humane society facilities.
“Jamestown Medical Imaging is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Walk 4 Paws,” said Tenneil Stelmack, Physician Relation Specialist with Jamestown Medical Imaging. “We pride ourselves on our community involvement and giving back to the local organizations,” said Stelmack. Jamestown Medical Imaging is the top sponsor for the event followed by Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, Team Jock Shop, UBS Financial Services, Shults Ford Lincoln Hyundai, Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Univera Healthcare and B&L Wholesale. Media sponsors include The Post-Journal, 106.9 Kiss FM and 95.3 The Lake.
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.