Pennies 4 Paws Drive Begins Tuesday

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is set to launch its eighth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign on Tuesday.

The campaign encourages county individuals, schools, organizations and businesses to participate by selling paper paws for $1 each and/or displaying a collection container. This year CCHS is hoping to raise 17 million pennies in order to help with the escalating expense of basic care and medical costs for homeless animals in the county.

According to Roxanne Wendling, CCHS community relations director, “We kick off on Lincoln’s birthday in honor of the penny and conduct the campaign until the end of April. People of all ages and from all walks of life respond very readily and happily participate. Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a real difference. One dollar will feed a small dog in our shelter for six days and a large dog for three. Seven dollars can provide a microchip and spay/neuter costs for CCHS start at $35 and go up from there. A pet receives on average approximately $25 in vaccinations. We are very grateful for the help and our pets are lucky to have such tremendous county participation because we could not do what we do, 365 days a year, without the generous support we receive.”

For more information on helping with the Pennies 4 Paws campaign, call 665-2209, ext 213 or email to

The Chautauqua County Humane Society is a nonprofit that is not part of any government organization and its mission to care for animals by promoting adoptions, preventing cruelty and providing education relies solely on public support.