A time to give

Time is running out for those groups participating in the Week of Giving and there are plenty of animals looking for homes.

Scaredy cats need love too

Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has five wary kittens in its care.


Kittens at Clarion PAWS in Shippenville

“We would like to introduce the ‘Modern Kittens.’ We have Luke, Manny, Joe, Alex, and Haley. These five are pretty scared of people. We need people who can hang out and show them people are not that scary,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, a Pigments for PAWS event is in the works.

The second annual 5K color run/walk will be presented by the Clarion University Student Honors Association.

It is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, and begins in Reinhard Villages. The cost is $10 for students and faculty and $15 for everyone else.


The first 125 people to sign up will receive a free T-shirt.

Clarion PAWS is located at 11348 Route 322, Shippenville, Clarion River Hill, between Scrap Happy and Clarion Electric. The adoption center is open from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The center is closed Fridays and Sundays.

More information is available at www.clarionpaws.org, the group’s Facebook page or by calling (814) 229-1231.

Time to donate

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin is one of several organizations participating in Bridge Builders’ Week of Giving.

Time is running out for donations, the last day is today (March 23). More information about the campaign is available at www.BBCFgives.org.

Meanwhile, Theresa Weldon thanked those who participated in last week’s spring craft show. She reported that the rescue raised more than $4,000.

The rescue is still also raising funds to help foster dog Rosie get surgery to help her eyesight.


Rosie visits the Easter Bunny.

People may consider making a donation for Rosie’s care. The rescue accepts PayPal to AdoptPreciousPaws@gmail.com or checks to P.O. Box 784, Franklin, PA 16323.

Christy Fackler posted photos of foster kitty Murray.



Murray is available for adoption through Precious Paws Animal Rescue. Applications are available at pparfranklin.com.

A Reiki lecture demonstration benefit will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 720 Atlantic Avenue in Franklin.

More information about the rescue and its events is available by calling the rescue at (814) 671-9827 or emailing adoptpreciouspaws@gmail.com.

Shy guy

Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville is also participating in the in Bridge Builders’ Week of Giving.


The center also has a shy guy Spook available for adoption. Spook is an 8-year-old neutered male.

“A little shy but is very friendly once he gets to know you a little better. He was brought in with his ‘brothers’ when his doting lady went to a nursing home,” the center said in a listing on its website.

More information about the center is available by contacting Tri-County Animal Rescue Center on Facebook, calling (814) 918-2032 or emailing contactus@Tricounty-arc.org.

Faithful friend

Venango County Humane Society in Seneca is also participating in the in Bridge Builders’ Week of Giving.

The society has also started a fund in memory of the late Abby Flockerzi, who was a board member.

“The Venango County Humane Society has been saddened by the recent sudden death of board member and active community member, Abby Flockerzi. As a result of this great loss, we have created The Abby Fund. The Abby Fund is a special fund in honor of a special lady,” the shelter posted on its Facebook page. “This fund is dedicated to covering treatment for special needs animals such as those needing surgeries (dentals, broken bones, eye removal, etc.), extra rehabilitation time, medication, etc.”

“We strive to give all animals the best chance possible at a happy and healthy life. As a huge animal lover, this was important to Abby,” the post said.

The shelter said donations made today of the Week of Giving go to the Abby Fund.



The shelter also has Shadow, an 8-year-old neutered male Alaskan Malamute, up for adoption. He has a tan and sable coat and blue eyes.

“Alaskan Malamutes are loyal, intelligent, and calm. Shadow was surrendered because his previous owner had become ill. We are told that Shadow is faithful, has lots of affection and love to give and is well trained,” the shelter said in a Petfinder listing.

The post said that while posing for photos Shadow responded to basic commands given in German.

“This handsome boy is very shy and will need time to bond with his new owner. His thick, coarse coat will need a good brushing twice a week,” the post continued.

The shelter’s hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

The humane society is located at 286 S. Main St., Seneca. More information on the Venango County Humane Society is available by calling (814) 677-4040.

Two “great” dogs

Clarion PUPS has two great Pyrenees available for adoption. However, one of them required emergency vet care and the rescue is trying to raise money for his care.


“Winston needs support for his emergency vet care he required this morning after his owner cut off a portion of his tail when she was doing a hasty attempt to remove burrs before our transporter arrived. Because of the severity of the cut additional segments of his tail needed removed and stitches,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page.

People can donate through PayPal and put Winston in the memo line.



Winston is a 5-year-old male while Precious is a 5-year-old female.

Meanwhile, the rescue will hold its Easter fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Winds of Trade Community Center, 11993 Route 66 in Clarion.

There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny from 1 to 4 p.m. The event includes vendors, a bake sale, a Chinese auction and more. The rabies clinic scheduled during the event was canceled.

More information about PUPS is available by calling (814) 764-5580, visiting www.clarionpups.com and on its Facebook page.

Baby season is here

Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville is preparing for what will most likely be a very busy spring season.


Mice being cared for at Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville

“Our first babies of 2018 have arrived! These two baby mice came from the Erie area after the finder had live trapped and relocated their mom not knowing there were babies. He got them down to us right away and they’re doing fine,” the center said in a Facebook post.

“Please remember, it is baby season from now until October, if you remove an animal out of their home, you could be making little orphans like these,” the post continued.

People can help the center raise baby wildlife at Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with a donation at www.skyes-spirit.com, by mail to SSWRC, 889 Farren Surrena road, Harrisville, Pa. 16038.

Film festival

Bright Futures Farm is selling tickets for the Equus Film Festival Meadville tour stop Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.


People can order through Eventbrite.

For those don’t shop online, mail checks with a note indicating what day and how many tickets to Bright Futures Farm, 238 Old Franklin Pike, Cochranton, PA 16314.

Ticket will be available at the door starting at $12.50.

The event is a family-friendly fun-filled weekend of films and more. The films will be shown at Park Avenue Cinema. Friday’s films will be shown from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday’s films run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday is family day. Children’s Films will show free from 10 a.m. to noon. Films continue from noon until 10 p.m. There will be children’s art projects, art exhibits, entertainment on Chestnut Street, a Chinese auction at the theater and more.

More details and a schedule of events and films can be found at equusfilmfestivalmeadville.com.

Event to benefit wildlife

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Saegertown will benefit from an event scheduled Wednesday, April 18, in Erie.

Cocktails and Hawk Tales Happy Hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel, 2800 W. Eighth St. in Erie.

There will be a Chinese auction and live music with David VanAmburg and V Band. Tips, donations and auction proceeds will help fund the rescue, rehab, release and care of injured and orphaned birds and wildlife.

The center is located at 21601 Stull Road in Saegertown.

More information is available by calling the center at (814) 763-2574 or visiting www.tamarackwildlife.org.

All About Animals is a weekly blog that appears on VenangoExtra.com and ClarionExtra.com. Interested persons or groups can submit information to bigdogs.thederrick@gmail.com. Readers may also submit photos or stories of their animals. More information about the blog is available by contacting Anna Applegate at (814) 677-8364.