From a young age, Gail Donus’ parents instilled in her a love of animals. Although, in particular, it was Donus’ father who passed on his love of cats.
“Back in (my father’s) day, it was probably ‘unmanly’ to be fond of kittens,” she said. “But Dad never met one he didn’t like.”
Inspired by her love of animals, and one of her cats, Donus established The Jasper Fund for the Chautauqua County Humane Society at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. For several years, this fund has granted money to provide medical care and behavioral rehabilitation for shelter animals.
“My cats are my family and I care for them as much,” Donus said. “I want all animals to receive the same kind of treatment.”
As a “no need to kill” shelter, The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s mission is to promote the adoption of animals; prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect; shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals; and provide education about the humane treatment of animals.
One of the Humane Society’s biggest programs of 2019 has been its spay/neuter programs, which helps alleviate the overpopulation of unwanted animals in our community.
“All of the donations we receive from CRCF enables us to care for more animals, keep them safe and healthy while they’re with us and put them on their way to their forever home,” said Kellie Roberts, Humane Society executive director.