March 2023
March is National Reading Month.
Bella is waiting for a reading buddy to adopt her.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 16
6:30 pm - Public Welcome
LHS Adoption Center


Saturday, May 20
4867 W Lake Rd, Dunkirk, NY

Saturday, June 17
LHS Adoption Center

August 18 - 20
Adoption News
Featured Dogs:
Princess Marie and Lolo
Meet Princess Marie (left) & Lolo (right). This bonded pair are young adult chihuahua / terrier mixes. They both are friendly, happy little dogs with big personalities. They would love nothing more than to have a yard to play in and a couple of laps to cuddle on. If you are interested in this darling duo, please fill out our online application or stop in during open hours. Wednesdays 6-8pm & Saturdays 12-3pm.
Featured Cat:
Hi there, I'm Cali! I'm a sweet female calico cat, approximately two years old. I'm a very petite and pretty cat! I'm friendly and gentle, a low-key girl who just wants to snuggle in a cozy spot and enjoy the indoor life. I enjoy soft pets and attention, and making myself into a tiny little ball on a soft blanket. I don't really like other cats, and I'd prefer to be a one-and-only if possible. I'm ready to go and hope to meet someone who will appreciate my quiet charm!  Come meet me Wednesday’s 6-8pm or Saturdays 12-3 or you can fill out an online application. I hope to see you soon!!
Adoptions for the Month
15 cats and 6 dogs
A Storybook Ending for These Pets
These ladies report that Elvis (now Domino), on the left, has been getting braver about joining the household and spending time with Cameo, on the right.
This young woman heads out of Petsmart with her new family member, Claire.
Manny, who was rescued from the cliffs at Point Gratiot, has left for his new home, perhaps to roam the cliffs of Arkwright.
And he’s off! You are going to be loved as you should by your new family. Happy life, you little rascal, Dexter.
Jack went home with a wonderful family! They were so excited to be approved, they came right over to get him.
Lucky had the luck of the Irish this month and found a loving home.
Cosmo goes to his new home to be loved by this lady.
Kittee waited so long but has now found her person.
We know these wonderful dog owners. Ricco will be happy and spoiled.
Molly (left) is on her way home to Amherst with new brother Manny and their pet mom Leslie who was over the moon about it.
Ross and Monica were adopted by a very loving family. The little girl did a happy dance when her dad said she could have two!
Our senior sweetheart Kringle is headed home to live out his golden years. If you need him, he will be lounging on his back deck looking over Kissing Bridge ski area.
Ginny was adopted by these two awesome people.
Copper (front) has been adopted. He joins his new mom, dad, sister Brandy, and brother Sky.
Bonita went home with this girl and her parents. They're so happy to make her part of their family.
Lummi (left) went home with this cute family.
Events and Visits

LHS Souperbowl Scores
The Souperbowl Saturday fundraiser at the Adoption Center on February 11 brought out over a hundred LHS fans. They enjoyed a variety of soups and desserts and took home an official LHS soup bowl. Thanks to all who attended and helped out.
Girl Scouts Donation and Visit
Representatives from three Girl Scout troops from the Silver Creek area visited Lakeshore Humane Society recently to work on pet care and community service badges. They also brought many items used by the adoption center as donations: paper towels, bleach, laundry soap, markers.
BOCES Students Provide Some TLC
The Fredonia BOCES Veterinary Science class made a visit in early February and doted on our dogs and cats. Jeff, Ernie, and Storm all got much needed baths as they were caked with mud from playing in the yards.
Cuddle Time
And the ladies from St Columban’s came back for more quality time with the shelter animals.
Other News

Volunteer Spotlight
A profile of another one of our longtime cat fosters.
Jeannie Mahaney and family
Jeannie Mahaney has been fostering cats in need for almost 30 years. She has always loved cats and used to pick up strays as a child. Fostering as an adult began when she saw an injured cat on her walk to work and decided to bring it home. Since then, she has fostered numerous homeless cats for LHS, especially litters of kittens with and without a mother, as well as many sick and injured cats.

Fostering keeps Jeannie very busy, sometimes involving around-the-clock bottle feeding, as well as giving medication and cleaning up. She says it’s demanding, time-consuming, and messy, but well worth it. It’s been a great lesson for her two daughters. They help acclimate the cats to people, and now they want to go out and look for cats to rescue. The family built a heated room in their basement where a mother cat and kittens can have a safe, quiet space when they first arrive. Gradually the cats come upstairs on their own and end up sleeping in the family’s beds.

Jeannie lives in Dunkirk with her husband, John, and their two children, Eliza, 13, and Lauren, 7, along with their rescue cat, Hobbs. She teaches first grade in Silver Creek as well as an aquasize class for adults. She enjoys exercise and plays on a volleyball team, and the family worships at Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church.
Life at the Adoption Center
The dogs all look forward to car rides with Uncle Pat.
Here are Oscar and Jeff on their outings.

And the dogs love their yard time at LHS.
Manny fetches a ball and Ollie works out those long legs.

Cat pile: Taylor, Mama Taylor, and Taylor's brother Charm.
(Mama Taylor is not their mom.)

Read to Your Pet
March is National Reading Month. Have you ever tried reading to your pet?

Many pets enjoy being read to. They love the attention and just spending time with you. Hearing you read aloud can be soothing and a bonding experience.

Dogs are often good candidates to read to, but cats can enjoy it as well. It helps to wait until the pet is calm and perhaps already sitting in your lap or beside you. Try providing a soft blanket and perhaps a chew toy or treat to get them settled in. Start by reading in a soothing voice. But you can also animate your voice at times in the story if it does not get the animal too excited.

Children enjoy reading to pets and it can be a great way for them to practice and build confidence. Some shelters even have programs where children read to the animals - a win-win.

You can read books like Bedtime Stories for Dogs or Bedtime Stories for Cats by Leigh Anne Jasheway or Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog or Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller. But, of course, your pets will be happy to have anything read to them, so just read aloud from the latest novel or a magazine.

Happy reading!
The Lakeshore Humane Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, dedicated to helping protect the welfare of all animals and providing humane education to our community. Anyone interested in bettering the welfare of animals is welcome to join our organization. There are many ways you can help the animals and us. The organization meets the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in our adoption center. Call 672-1991 for more information.

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