Walk 4 Paws Event Raises Over $30,000 for Chautauqua County Humane Society


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Chautauqua County Humane Society

The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is pleased to announce the totals from their eleventh annual Walk 4 Paws fundraiser. Team fundraising, individual fundraising, Tag Days money collection weekends, sponsorship and other various donations contributed to the approximate $30,179.00 total. The money raised will go directly towards the mission of the CCHS.
The Walk 4 Paws event was held Saturday, October 3 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.
“We are so lucky and grateful to live in such a dedicated, animal loving community,” said Jeff Lubi, Executive Director for the CCHS. “These participants and all of our volunteers, donors and sponsors are the foundation for the success of these events,” said Lubi. “We certainly could not reach our goals without them.”
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 $2,595 and Flarfy’s Family finished as the top team, raising $1,717. The pet costume contest winner was awarded to a boxer dressed as a Clydesdale horse.
“I fully support CCHS because I see progress; the funds raised are certainly going toward helping care for all animals in need,” said top fundraiser, Ellie Hartnagel. “My dogs, Chloe and Scout are certainly part of my motivation. I know all animals are not this fortunate, so if I can help in a small way to give them the chance to find happiness, then this is my way to do so,” said Hartnagel. “It makes me very happy that I can help and that I have such a great close knit group of family and friends that help me achieve these goals.”
CCHS would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all those who volunteered and/or donated to the 2015 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, Shults Ford, Lincoln, Hyundai, Allied Alarm Services, Alpha Dog Marketing, Chautauqua Institution, Clark Patterson Lee, Dog Speak, Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo, King’s Heating and Sheet Metal, Lockwood Agency, Magnum Graf-X, Southern Tier Financial- Dave Switala and John LaBardo, SP Bussman Design Co, 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.