JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s annual Pennies 4 Paws drive has come to an end and according to staff at the shelter, it was a very successful collection year.
The community had come together once more earlier this year to support our local humane society and raise funds to help cover the cost of so many furry friends.
“Pennies 4 Paws wrapped up actually on April 30th but when you have that many pennies to take to the bank it takes a minute to get everything together. Our goal was $20,000 or two million pennies and it was really exciting because we crossed $25,000,” explained Brian Papalia.
The Pennies 4 Paws drive is very important to the health of the C.C.H.S.
“It goes towards the lights, it goes towards food, it goes towards animal care, enrichment, behavior, all sorts of stuff. That’s also why like with Give Big CHQ coming up this Thursday, we’re right on the heels for that because we don’t shut down, the animals always need us and that cost is always there,” Papalia said.
The shelter really survives on the generosity of our community.
“We don’t get funding from any federal or state or local sourcing. It’s all community driven. It’s donations, it’s grants that makes this work possible.”
In the end, Papalia and staff at the humane society give their thanks to the community, and encourage all to stop in and learn more about how to help the shelter.
“We’re really grateful to all the people who help us out and we’re always looking for more. And if they don’t have or want to donate financially, they could always volunteer,” said Papalia.
Those interested in helping out can learn more about volunteering or making a donation on the Chautauqua County Humane Society website, chqhumane.org.