Frewsburg Honor Students Host First-Ever Pet-A-Thon At Humane Society

App users, tap here to watch video report.

JAMESTOWN – Students with Frewsburg High School’s Honor Society are helping to socialize animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society in a first of its kind fundraiser.

Around 20 scholars with the Honor Society took part in the first-ever Pet-a-Thon Saturday.

Student Katelyn Bean helped bring the idea to life, alongside others at the Humane Society.

“Who doesn’t love animals? I know I do, so why not give back to an organization that does a lot with animals,” explained Bean.

After many months of collaborating with senior programs director Brian Papalia, the Pet-a-Thon was born.

“We were trying to find a way to fundraise, but along with that try to get the youth interested in coming to the shelter and opening up a new way to do that,” Papalia said. “I googled to see if anyone was doing anything of this nature, and you really couldn’t find anything.”

The Pet-a-Thon aimed to not only raise money, thanks in part to student donations, but also, contribute to the animals overall emotional well-being.

“These pets may have had a rough time in another home, or have been abandoned, we want to get them ready to go to a loving, able body home,” said honor society student Collin Kehrli, when asked about what the students hope to accomplish with this event.

As for the possibility of another Pet-a-Thon, the future looks promising.

“We’re hoping that other schools will get involved, it’s a good way to get those community hours in for those different groups and learn more about what we’re doing,” Papalia continued. “We’re open to not only doing a Pet-a-Thon again, but to working with other schools as well.”

Those interested in meeting these animals, or helping the humane society, are asked to visit for more information.


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.