June 2020
Saban is available for adoption
Upcoming Events
All Events are Tentative

Saturday, June 13
10:00 - 1:00 pm
Dunkirk Pet Pantry
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Save the Dates
POSTPONED - Scrap Metal Recycling
POSTPONED - Tattoos by Cattoos
CANCELLED -  Woofstock & Pat McGee Dog Walk
CANCELLED - Greater Woodlawn Credit Union Hot Dog Event
August 15-16 - Annual Yard Sale

August 21-23 - Pet Theme Weekend in Lily Dale
CANCELLED - Booth at Fredonia Farm Festival
Adoption News
Featured Dog:  Lacy
Lacy is a 3-year-old black lab mix. She came to us as a stray who was unfortunately heartworm positive. She is currently being treated and will need to continue with follow up appointments once adopted. She has a typical lab personality, friendly, loving and of course energetic. Lacy will need training,basic commands and work walking on a leash. She has been making progress here with us and will have it mastered with continued work with her new owner. Lacy is people friendly and prefers to have all the attention for herself so she will need to be the only pet in the home. Also she will not be adopted to renters.

Featured Cat:


Three-year-old black and white, female.  Laid back kitty, a little timid - but friendly.  Currently at PetSmart in Dunkirk.

8 cats and 5 dogs
LHS Animals Find Forever Homes
                       Macy / Jackie                                       Chloe with the boy she adopted.
            loved by her new family.

                      Sweetie found                                                Growing puppy Brandy
            the perfect companion.                                   with part of her new family.

    Tank on his way to forever home.               Kate gets snuggled by her new dad.
Nova has settled in nicely with her new family.

Adoptions by Appointment

We have resumed adoption meetings by appointment inside our adoption center, following safety procedures such as masks.
Other News

Life at the Adoption Center
Buddy came in blind and badly malnourished, with hip / back leg issues. Thanks to lots of TLC in foster care he has gone from 10 pounds to 17 so far. He is feisty in the morning but his legs do get tired.
            The puppies get a bath.                                Nova finds story time calming.
               Ra gets some exercise.                     Lucky not so sure about this place yet.
New girl Bean hangs out in med room.       Misty in foster care before adoption.
                                Fiona cares for her kittens in a foster home.
A Message from the Board
        The Covid – 19 pandemic has caused changes in all our lives. It has caused changes in routine operations at the Lakeshore Humane Society as well. The safety of our volunteers and the proper care of those pets in our custody have been foremost on our minds as we deal with the changing data and facts for our region. 
        We originally set the goal to work at half capacity thus limiting the numbers of volunteers needed for each shift of animal care. Adoptions have been done with prospective pet parents by appointment only and taking place outside of our facility. We are happy to say that adoption numbers have been excellent. As NYS has moved to the next phase in reopening, we have now increased to seventy five percent capacity. We are also doing adoptions by appointment inside our adoption center, following safety recommendations: wearing masks, distancing, hand washing, and sanitation. We are receiving calls every day from people looking for assistance with a found cat and kittens or from someone who needs to surrender their pet for a variety of reasons. Our numbers are quickly going up. With this comes the need for ongoing veterinary appointments to prepare pets for adoption. Our volunteers are extremely busy.
        Throughout the years the community has been extremely helpful and supportive. A successful 100% volunteer group solely funded by donations and fundraisers is a tremendous symbol of what a community can do when they work together. During this difficult time donations of bleach, cleaning products, paper towels, and financial help are still coming in. More is always needed. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone several fundraisers and are currently looking at other options to raise donations. The 2020 “Woofstock” festival and dog walk has been cancelled. Our metal recycling drive will be rescheduled (hopefully) in the fall. Our Giant Yard Sale at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in August is very tentative. 
        As the summer progresses, we are certainly hopeful that we will be able to return to a new sense of normalcy. Our goals remain the same to help the homeless  pets in Northern Chautauqua County to find their “furever” home. Our volunteers are doing all they can under these circumstances and your continued support is greatly appreciated.   
Crate Training with Treats

        Crate training is different for every dog. Some will learn quickly and some will take some more time, so be patient.

        Things you will need:
  • Correct-sized crate
  • Blanket
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Patience
        The crate training process:
Step 1: Put the crate in an area where everyone spends a lot of time.
Step 2: Put a soft blanket and some toys in the crate.
Step 3: Bring your dog over to the crate and talk to him/her in a happy tone.
Step 4: Make sure the crate is securely fastened open. 
Step 5: Put a treat right in front of the opened door area.
Step 6: Once he/she takes that treat, praise them and then put another treat a bit    further inside the crate.
Step 7: Once he/she takes that treat, praise them and then put another treat right up to the back of the crate.
Step 8: Use the word “crate” as a command.
*This may take some time, so don’t force the process on the dog.*
        Crate training tips:
  • DO NOT force or push the dog into the crate.
  • DO NOT use the crate as a form of punishment.
  • The crate is meant to be a safe place.
Below are photos of recent LHS resident Tank learning to use his crate.
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