September 2021
Ziggy, a six-month-old female black lab mix,
will soon be available for adoption.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 11
Adoption Center
See flyer below

Saturday, October 2
2 - 5 pm
Dunkirk Town Hall on Willow Road
Pre-Registration Required: 716-366-3967

Sunday, October 3
Adoption Center
See flyer below

Register by September 5 to guarantee getting the official shirt in your size
The last Remembrance Brick order that will make it possible to have your brick installed in 2021 has a September 8th deadline. Please visit the Remembrance Brick page on our website for order forms and details. Thank you for your support of LHS while honoring a beloved person or pet.

Help Wanted:

Dedicated Dog Lovers

It takes lots of volunteers to take care of the animals at the LHS Adoption Center. We are currently running low on dog volunteers. Can you spare two hours a week to commit to a regular weekly dog shift? It's a fun way to make a difference. Application and training required before being scheduled. Please take a look at our Volunteer Info Page and consider it.
Adoption News

Featured Dog:


Sweet Odie is an 11-year-old old Jack Russell mix.  Odie has lived with other dogs in his former home. He would do best with another submissive dog like himself. Odie is a smart boy who will sit for treats or catch them if they are tossed in the air. He loves to go on walks and mastered his leash walking skills that he has been working on.  Odie is housebroken and a perfect little gentleman. If you would like to give Odie a home to live out his golden years, please fill out our online application or stop in on Saturday 12-3pm.

Featured Cat:

Sheeba is a gorgeous two-year-old silver-gray female with medium hair. She was adopted as a four-month-old kitten, but recently returned when her owner moved, so she is used to being in a home. She is friendly and likes affection, and reportedly likes women, children, and other cats, but not dogs. She is microchipped.

24 cats and 8 dogs
Let the Learning and Loving Begin
Fury is off to live in Jamestown with his new pitty sister Delilah, who did not want to get back out of the car for a picture, but they are a perfect match.
Coco just wanted to jump in the car and head home, but we made her wait until we got a picture to use for newsletter.
Sweet Sally is heading out. She will be a snowbird, spending the winters in Florida.
The second meet and greet was wonderful so Leo has left the building.
Squirt is adopted! And his new pet mom looks very happy with him.
Ralph is a very shy cat but Cameron knew he wanted to give this boy a loving home.
Mandy has left for a lifetime of love and TLC with her new sister and mom. Mandy is on the right. Lexie is on the left wearing barrettes.
The McKenzies came in for one cat but Teddy and Robin cried when they were separated and they couldn’t resist this sweet little duo.
Midnight and Oliver are going home together to a wonderful life.
George is adopted, and Michelle already loves him to pieces.

There was dancing for joy at LHS when we got the news that this wonderful couple is willing to adopt Diana and work through her difficult issues.
Rigby has been adopted! He’s going to live in Jamestown with his big sister doberman Cheyenne.
Back for seconds. Six months ago, Chris adopted Paige from LHS. Now he and Gina are bringing home Gus.
Jacko and Binx get to go home together with this lovely family.
Our “adoption angels” stopped by and gave homes to two of our cats who needed them most:  Marty and Denise. Volunteer Sue gives them happy goodbye kisses.
Sonny looks ready to fly to his new home with these cuties.
Events and Visits

Never Too Young to Help
Alexis, one of our LHS volunteers, held a bake sale fundraiser along with a bottle and can drive. And she recruited two of the kids she babysits to help her, Emma and Cecilia. They managed to raise $808 for LHS! Here they are presenting the funds to LHS President Sue Styborksi and Odie. Thank you, girls!

Hot Dogs and Kisses
Several LHS volunteers along with recent residents Rigby and Glenda received a warm welcome at the Greater Woodlawn Credit Union's customer appreciation day. Customers enjoyed hot dogs and kisses from Glenda.

It Takes a Community
A huge thank you to the community for a successful full-size Yard Sale after having to scale back last year. LHS volunteers were aided tremendously by people who come out every year specifically to work this event with us.

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals donated prizes for the basket raffles. The Baker's Dream Raffle was won by Dave Budniewski. Community members donated thousands of items and then came out to buy each other's castoffs. Floral Hall at the Fairgrounds was hopping all weekend with bargain hunters.

It truly takes a village, and a city, and several towns. Thank you, community.
Other News

Volunteer Spotlight
The close-knit ladies of the Tuesday evening dog crew are in the spotlight this month.
(Left to right) front row: Peg Waite and Lisa Newell;
back row: Alyssa Stephens, Joanna Kaufmann, Marcia Taylor.
Not pictured: Verseda Beuzenburg, Susan Boettcher.
Peg Waite was fostering for another rescue group and anxiously awaiting the opening of the LHS Adoption Center so she could volunteer here, partly as a way to follow her doctor’s advice to exercise. She also fosters dogs for LHS in addition to caring for her own four special needs dogs at home. She says she likes seeing the transformation from a hurt/sick/neglected dog to one healthy and ready for adoption. Fortunately, her husband has come to at least tolerate dogs. He even recently started caring for a stray cat. They have four grown children (three sons and a daughter) and five granddaughters. They all live nearby and love animals too. Peg works in the lunchroom at Dunkirk School 7 and enjoys crafting.

Lisa Newell has been with LHS for four-and-one-half years. She started volunteering partly to be on the lookout for a second dog as a companion for her and her husband’s dog Winston. In the end, she decided Winston is better as an only child, but she has continued with the volunteering. She often connects friends and neighbors with dogs to adopt. She also connects college students with volunteering at LHS through her role as Director of Student Conduct at SUNY Fredonia. Lisa says she loves the camaraderie of the Tuesday evening dog crew, which has included birthday parties, a bridal shower, and a New Year’s Eve party with their spouses at the shelter. She also enjoys reading and soaking in her new pool.

Alyssa Stephens was part of the Tuesday evening dog crew while a graduate student and residence director at SUNY Fredonia. She recently moved back to Long Island where she accepted her first teaching position as a middle school chorus teacher. She has a black lab at home, Emmy, whom she adopted 12 years ago. Alyssa says she misses volunteering at the Adoption Center every Tuesday, but will continue supporting LHS from just a few hours away.

Joanna Kaufmann has been with LHS for over four years. She was working with Lisa at the college and heard about how much she enjoyed it. She is now employed at Chautauqua Institution as the Stewardship and Events Coordinator. Joanna and her husband got married in 2018 and just found out they are expecting a baby. They adopted their dog Rose as a puppy from LHS two years ago. Joanna enjoys walks and being a homebody, spending time with her husband and dog.

Marcia Taylor has been volunteering at LHS for about seven years. She likes animals and long considered getting involved after retirement when she would see LHS volunteers at various events. She has always had animals and currently has two dogs and two cats. Single and retired from the medical field, Marcia now has time to travel, garden, and spend time with friends, in addition to her volunteer work at LHS and at Love in the Name of Christ ministry in Gowanda.

Verseda Beuzenburg started volunteering at LHS about five-and-one-half years ago. It was originally a requirement of her dog trainer certification but then she never left. She says she enjoys helping dogs find their forever homes and the shelter has a nice variety of breeds. She helps LHS address behavior problems, and she researches best practices for rescue organizations. Verseda also spends all day with dogs and cats at her job as receptionist/assistant at Dunkirk Animal Clinic. She and her husband have one dog and five cats, all rescues. She enjoys reading, and she and her husband are into classic cars. They are currently restoring a classic truck for Verseda to drive.

Life at the Adoption Center
Learning and having fun.

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