Cats-A-Pawlooza

Cats have a new place to call home at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, thanks to the generous donations of the community.

The Chautauqua County Humane Society will be closing out their Cats-a-Pawlooza today with an open house event that will introduce the newly renovated cat colony. The project, which was made possible thanks to more than $25,000 in donations from both specific appeals and the community at-large, was created to give cats at the shelter the opportunity for increased socialization, more exercise, better sanitation and better methods of interaction with adopters.

Throughout the past week, the Chautauqua County Humane Society has been offering cat adoption promotions, which included a fee waiver on all cats that are 6 months or older, and an off-site adoption event. All cats have received either spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and vaccinations, as well, and adopters must meet the standard application criteria.

The shelter’s “Adoption Option Trailer” will be positioned off-site today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Everyday’s True Value Hardware located at 797 Foote Ave. The trailer takes pets that are waiting for homes to area businesses to serve adopters who cannot easily travel to the Strunk Road shelter location. All off-site adopters must meet standard application criteria and the pets have also received surgery, vaccinations and a microchip. The trailer was made possible by a gift from the Bertha Hamilton Trust Foundation.

The Humane Society will also be hosting a radio event from noon to 2 p.m. as part of the final phase of the 8th annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign that runs through the end of April. Anyone wishing to help the campaign is welcome to stop by and place contributions in the collection barrel in the shelter lobby or purchase a paper paw for $1. Volunteers are positioned at area businesses all weekend too for the annual Tag Days drive.

For more information on Cats-a-Pawlooza week call 665-2209. 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.