CCHS to hold Pets 4 Vets adoption special

JAMESTOWN – Active and retired military personnel can visit the Chautauqua County Humane Society to take advantage of fee-waived adoptions during its Pets 4 Vets adoption special. Studies have shown that rescuing an animal or participating in volunteer dog walking at a shelter can provide stress reducing benefits.

The Pets 4 Vets adoption special runs through July 12 with normal shelter business hours in effect.

“Animals are brought into military hospitals more and more each day as a tool to help service men and women cope with rehabilitation. We are taking this program one step further,” said Sue Bobek, humane outreach coordinator for CCHS. “Not only does pet adoption offer a sense of companionship and elements of therapy for the human, it also gives a homeless animal a family and a second chance. What better way to touch two lives at once?”

When military personnel struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other challenges, adopting an animal can provide a stress reducing quality that has been proven repeatedly. Some nonprofits even work with military organizations to transport animals overseas to help current soldiers cope with their environment.

If adoption isn’t an option, CCHS is also seeking motivated dog walkers and cat socializers. Volunteer dog walking combines a structured schedule and physical exercise whereas cat socializing is a calm, tranquil activity. Both options exist for military personnel who want to get involved at a lower commitment level.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to see a list of animals currently up for adoption, visit or call 665-2209 ext. 0.