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January 2022
Tess and Blue are available for adoption, separately or together.
 
Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 12
SOUPER BOWL SATURDAY
Adoption Center


Tuesday, March 1
MARDI GRAS SPAGHETTI DINNER
Take Out Only
St. Hedwig's Social Hall

 
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Let it Snow Raffle
Take a chance on our "Let it Snow" Raffle:
Handmade Winter-Themed Quilt
5-Foot-Tall Pop up Snowman
Handmade Wooden Snowman

Tickets $5 each
Drawing Tuesday, February 1st
Tickets available on line only
Adoption News

Featured Dog:

Suzie

 
Suzie is a 2-year-old old hound mix that came as an owner surrender. She’s a sweet, friendly girl that is well behaved and knows a few commands. Suzie is generally a quiet girl with an occasional trademark hound howl. She does need some basic training and her new owner should be committed to the time and patience she deserves. She seems to like other dogs; however, we are unsure about cats. Suzie would love a large yard to play in and explore hound style with her nose to the ground.

Applicants should be familiar with hound breeds, as they are not for everyone. If Suzie is the one for you, please fill out our online application or stop in during open hours, Saturdays 12-3pm.
Featured Cat:
Smokey
Smokey (aka Mr. Cloud) is beautiful, friendly, good with other cats, and affectionate! He was surrendered when his owner died, so he is used to being in a home. If you would like to give Smokey a new home, please fill out an application or stop by on a Saturday afternoon.
Adoptions

14 cats and 5 dogs
A New Year in a New Home
Worth the wait. Glenda finally found the family she was meant to be with.
 
And Hennessy also found her forever home.
 
Ivan gets whisked away to a happy life.
 
Milo goes home with this boy and will also have two doggies in his household.
 
Scout is bundled up and ready to head out with his new mom.
 
Angel has been adopted.  He joins Chadwick (formally Andre) who was adopted last month from LHS.
 
Bella and Bridgette have been adopted together! If this couple looks familiar, they adopted chihuahuas Fritz and Buttons from us.
 
Jojo has left for his new home in the Northtowns with his mom and dad and will meet his brother and sister bunnies who reside in a 12x12 bunny condo!
 
Buddy left for his new home with this couple. He has his own fenced yard and a teenage boy to pal around with!
 
Mom is holding new family member Laila, shown here with Elliot and Andrew and Grandma. Fur brother Rüdiger met Laila last week and is waiting at home for his new playmate.
 
Our sweet Nena is on her way home to Ohio where she’ll go on daily walks by the lake and around her neighborhood. Her new parents love to camp and plan on bringing Nena wherever they go.
 
Zenia has a home for the holidays, and for always.
 
Events and Visits

BOCES Vet Tech Students Visit
The senior class from the vet tech program at BOCES in Fredonia spent a morning helping out at LHS last month. The warm and wet weather created lots of mud out back and several dogs needed a bath.

Christmas Craft Show
LHS had a table of pet-themed gifts at the Christmas on the Lake craft show at the Clarion. Participating volunteers were (l-r): Janet, Donna, Linda, Cassie, and Sharon (not pictured).

Thanks for Making us the Best
When the Observer and Post-Journal asked readers to choose the best non-profit organization in Chautauqua County, they voted for Lakeshore Humane Society! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us. As an all-volunteer charity which depends entirely on donations, community support is much appreciated.

Spotlight on: 2022 Board Officers
Holding our Best of the Best plaque is LHS President Sue Styborski with (standing) Janet Szymanski and (seated) Penny Gummo (holding Sandy) and Rock Valone. Not pictured: Mary Ginley and Jen Cameron.
 
At the general meeting in December, the membership elected the officers to the LHS Board for 2022. They were each asked to share their thoughts on what they are most proud of about LHS from the past year and their hopes for the organization in 2022.


President - Sue Styborksi
When I became President I promised myself and whomever would listen a couple of things: 1. I would listen to what volunteers had to say; 2. I would try my best; and 3. I guaranteed I was going to fail at times but I would not quit and I would try to do better the next time.  I am proud that I have delivered on what I promised. As an individual and as an organization we have survived --- in the midst of a pandemic no less; and while we have had some trials and tribulations, I know that we continue to be better each day. I am proud we have challenged ourselves to think outside our comfort levels of what we know and do today. We have tried a few new things and we have changed a few established things; this is hard to put myself (and others) out there to look at things differently, but this is what we must continually do to grow and succeed as an organization.

My hopes for LHS in 2022:
  • Volunteers will share their issues, concerns, questions with officers. I promise we consider all input we receive. We cannot do everything that is asked or suggested but we will give your input a thorough review.
  • We will increase our efforts to pursue fundraising through grants.
  • More volunteers step up to be involved by attending meetings, helping with events, participating in a committee, bringing a new volunteer into the organization, chairing a fundraising event.
  • Build on the progress in 2021 of utilizing college and community groups to help with fundraising and building events.
  • Officers and dog and cat managers develop a shift visit schedule so that volunteers on cat or dog shifts have a chance to see and talk to an officer or cat/dog manager regularly.
  • Identify interest in mentoring situations with current (and incoming volunteers) to partner with experienced officers, committee members, champions, and shift leaders to grow their experience in these areas.
  • We develop and implement age-appropriate educational programs for schools and youth groups.
  • Network with other leaders of not-for-profit organizations in the area to share and improve our collective "valued social role".
  • Begin to develop and implement policies related to organizational culture, including but not limited to topics such as: harassment, bullying, and discrimination.
  • Start a book club for cats (and maybe even dogs).
This is a hefty list and this is just from my scribblings over the past year but progress will be made by taking the first step....


Vice President - Mary Ginley
I would say I am most proud that LHS has continued to provide excellent care for our animals in a loving safe environment and to find so many good homes throughout a global pandemic. We haven’t missed a beat, we found alternative ways to fundraise, and continue with our mission.

My hope for 2022 is that we not only continue to do so but that we thrive and bring in more members to become involved in our organization.


Treasurer - Jen Cameron
I’m the most proud of how Lakeshore creatively fundraised to make sure we could support our operations. And I can’t believe how fast and efficient our adoptions have been.

My future hopes for LHS- it would be nice to have no waiting list for homeless cats.  


Recording Secretary - Rock Valone
I am most proud that throughout the pandemic we continued to find ways to keep fundraising and  adopting, as well as general care going, while keeping volunteers safe.

For the coming year, I hope to see a decrease in the number of pets needing our help.


Corresponding Secretary - Penny Gummo
I don't know about proud of but I can say that I am very grateful for all the wonderful volunteers at our adoption center. Everyone seems to help and pitch in in their own way. The laundry gets done and the pets get fed. Someone always gets them to the vet and coverage issues always seem to get covered. They are always so many things to do but somehow it always gets done. We all do our best and we really care about these precious souls. What more could anyone ask for?

For 2022 I'd like to see us continue our focus on best practices for our adoption center and our dog and cat committees. I'm a firm believer in letting people know what expectations are with gentle but firm reminders.


SNAP Treasurer - Janet Szymanski
I'm grateful for my LHS family and friends. This year has been extremely challenging for me and very sad at times and my LHS family and friends were here for me throughout these difficult days. I really appreciate each and every one of you!

Next I'm grateful for how much support our volunteers give our cats and dogs especially the one-on-one time with the long walks with the dogs. I'm excited about the number of volunteers who step up and help with fostering too. With all the support I feel we have adopted out our animals a lot faster this year. Thank You!

 
Other News

Life at the Adoption Center
 
Tootsie gives kisses to volunteer Donna
 
Aurora enjoys getting brushed by volunteer Deb
Elvira gets some much needed attention as she's been isolated from the other cats due to possible feline leukemia.
 
The bigger dogs like Hennessy look forward to their morning runs with volunteer Steve.
Clever Nola know how to open the community toy box and help herself.
Personable Manny began making friends as soon as he arrived.
 
Playtime in the dog yard
 
Conehead conference
 
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