FALCONER - Area residents may find some bargains at Gold Star Treasures on Saturday, and they may just find a new best friend as well.
The store will be hosting a flea market in its parking lot Saturday, something it plans to be doing every weekend throughout the summer. But during Saturday's event, something extra-special will be available for those who pay a visit.
The Chautauqua County Humane Society will have its ''Adoption Option'' off-site trailer stationed at Gold Star Treasures from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, giving people a chance to take a look at dozens of dogs and cats.
Butterscotch is one of the dogs now available for adoption at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
Sue Bobek, the Humane Society's community relations coordinator, said that the Humane Society uses the off-site adoption trailer as an additional opportunity for its animals to find good homes. The trailer can often be found at festivals and community gatherings throughout the year.
''(We take the trailer) a lot of places where people meet, where there's a chance to get the animals seen,'' Ms. Bobek said. ''Brenda (Gold Star Treasures owner Hull) called us and just said, 'Hey, can we do this?' and we could. We are available if anybody wants to have us out some place.''
In addition to the chance to see the pets and possibly adopt one, visitors to the trailer can learn more about programs available through the Humane Society including its low-income spay and neuter program, the ''Undiscovered Treasures'' program to help market cats at the Humane Society, and its ''Heaven Can Wait'' program that works to foster and rehabilitate dogs that in past years may have been euthanized for behavioral concerns.
What: flea market and Humane Society's Adoption Option
When: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: parking lot of Gold Star Treasures, 1765 Lindquist Drive, Falconer
For more information, call 665-2209, Humane Society, or 487-2850, Gold Star Treasures.
* 4.6 miles from downtown Jamestown.
Basic questions about animal care, housebreaking and training can also be answered by Humane Society staff on site, Ms. Bobek said, and further information on those topics will be available.
Other locations where the Chautauqua County Humane Society's off-site adoption trailer will be seen in coming weeks will include PETCO in Erie, Pa., on May 15; Red Cross in Farmersville, N.Y., on May 29; the Harley Fashion Show on June 11; Randolph Days on June 18; and at the Victorian Dazzle Festival in Fredonia in July. Off-site adoptions also take place at the Humane Society's thrift store, located in the Fairmount Plaza across from Sam's Club, on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Adoption cost for dogs six months or older is $95; dogs less than six months old, $130; and cats, $80. Anyone wishing to adopt an animal from the off-site trailer will need to pay upfront, Ms. Bobek said.
For more information about the Humane Society and its adoption options, contact Ms. Bobek at 665-2209, ext. 212, or visit www.spcapets.com.
Gold Star Treasures plans to donate 10 percent of its proceeds Saturday to the Humane Society, and a bake sale will be held with proceeds donated to help support the pets as well. A concession stand will also be set up during the afternoon to provide snacks and refreshments for visitors, Ms. Hull said.
Gold Star Treasures is located at 1765 Lindquist Drive in Falconer. For more information, contact Ms. Hull at 487-2850.
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When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Jamestown Audubon's Bentley Sanctuary, Bentley Avenue off Fluvanna Avenue near the Strunk Road exit of
Cost: $5, members; $7, non-members.
Jack Gulvin, a naturalist with Chautauqua Institution, will lead. Bring binoculars to enjoy watching for spring birds, and wear sturdy, mud-proof footwear.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.
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When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road
Cost: $5, members; $7, non-members
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For more information or to register, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.
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When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
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For more information, visit www.cryb.net/school.html.
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