Cuddly companions

Tri-County Animal Rescue in Shippenville has some fine friends available for adoption. Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has some cats looking for a home or rather a barn. Venango County Humane Society has some adorable adoptables and Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin is marking a milestone.

Finding friends

If your looking for a furry companion, Tri-County Animal Rescue in Shippenville has a few fine candidates for you, including an oldie but a goodie, a special needs pup and a couple of loving felines.

Young at heart



Biscuit is a 15-year-old Dachshund who ended up at Tri-County shelter when the person he had lived with for his entire life passed away.

“While the end of his muzzle is white, Biscuit’s eyes are clear and he can hop up onto furniture which means his body and spirit are strong,” the rescue said.

“Biscuit still has so much living to do, and there’s so much to love about this sweet little guy. If you know and love his breed, and if you see ‘gold’ where others only see ‘old,’ Biscuit is waiting to meet you!,” the rescue added.

 Strangers become friends

Roxanne (2)




Two strays from different litters have become best friends and can often be seen in each other’s arms when they’re not busy playing.

Roxanne and S’Mores are 9 to 10 months old, spayed, current on vaccines and both tested negative for feline leukemia, FIV and heart worms.

“These bright-eyed kittens are friendly, energetic and affectionate and we would love to see these best friends find a forever home together,” the rescue said.

No idea that he’s different



Axel is a 2-year-old American Bull Dog mix who weighs in the 50- to 60-pound range.

Axel’s former family surrendered him because they said he left the yard and would not come back, but when you’re deaf, it’s pretty hard to hear someone calling your name, the rescue said.

Axel understands a few hand signals, but would benefit from a little more practice, the rescue added.

“He’s a bubbly dog, playful and friendly, and gets along with most other dogs.  Axel loves to romp in the yard and checks in every so often for butt scratches and snuggles. Call him ‘deaf’ if you want to but Axel has no idea that being deaf might make him different from other dogs, and he’s not about to let a sound barrier hold him back. For Axel, every day’s a party and it’s great to be alive!” it said.

Schedule change

The low cost spay/neuter clinic that was to be held Thursday, April 13, has been changed to Wednesday, April 12. Penelec called Allegheny Spay/Neuter to inform them that there is a planned power outage for their location on the 13th.

Because of the date change, Tri-County has a few available spots.

Please note:  Tri-County needs the application and payment no later than Sunday, April 9, for the clinic on April 12, applications are available at the rescue center.

This is on a first-come-first-served basis as the rescue can only schedule so many pets for each clinic.

People may call the shelter at (814) 918-2032 to confirm applications are available before stopping by.

Tri-County’s hours are 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays; noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  The next spay/neuter clinic is Thursday, May 18.

Have mice in your barn? No problem


Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has some cats who are in desperate need of barn homes.

“We are still looking for barn homes for two groups of kitties being housed in a makeshift building. They need to be in an actual barn home where they can run, play and hunt,” the shelter posted on its Facebook page.

The cats will need to be confined for one to two weeks in their new home prior to being released, according to PAWS.

All kitties are felv/fiv negative. They have been vaccinated and altered.

“If you are willing to confine for a couple weeks then provide food, water and access to the barn for shelter, we’d love for you to stop in and pick a few out,” the shelter posted.

The barn kitty caretaker is at PAWS from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on most Saturdays. Other appointment times may be made by contacting the shelter.


The shelter has 17 total needing homes – six from one place and 11 from another.

“Plus, there are five that are friendly that could be in/out or inside kitties,” the shelter added.

Meanwhile, the Clarion Student Honors Association is hosting a Color Run to help raise funds for PAWS’ feline residents.

Pigments for PAWS color run and walk will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Clarion University.

According to details from the event’s Facebook page, the event is a 5K color run/walk. All the proceeds from the run will benefit the Clarion P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter.

The route will extend around the Clarion University Campus, including Reinhard Village.

The run is open to anybody who likes cats, likes to run, or both! It is $10 for students and $15 for college faculty/community.

Register online at

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 online at, the group’s Facebook page or by calling (814) 229-1231.

It’s all black and white

The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca has a couple of black and white furry friends.

See Spot



Spot, a Domestic Short Hair, is a 1-year-old neutered male. He has a black and white coat and green eyes.

“He’s a sweet, friendly cat who’ll come right to the front of his condo as soon as the door is opened. Spot is hard to capture though. Sometimes he would duck his head or try to slide out of the picture when he saw the camera,” the shelter said in a PetFinder listing.

Sweet treat



Oreo, a German Shepherd/Collie mix, is a 3-year-old neutered male. He has a soft black and white coat and dark brown eyes. Oreo will need a chance to stretch his legs every day. This can be accomplished by a long walk on leash or playing games in the yard.

“Oreo is an affectionate dog who really enjoys people. He’ll do best if allowed to be an indoor and outdoor dog,” the shelter said in a Petfinder listing.

Dogs for dogs

Meanwhile, the Veterans Club of Venango College will hold a Dogs For Dogs fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the humane Society in Seneca. Those who take a donation for the shelter, either items or money, will receive a hot dog with fixings prepared by the college students.

The humane society is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It is located at 286 S. Main St., Seneca. More information on the Venango County Humane Society is available by calling (814) 677-4040.


Special delivery


Horned grebe

Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville is treating a horned grebe which came in from the Brookville area.

It was found grounded with a hawk interested! A delivery driver picked it up and got it into a box, the center posted on its Facebook page.

“These little birds mistake wet roads for a body of water and then when they land they’re unable to take off again. They must have water to get airborne. Aside from a few scrapes and needing to waterproof its feathers … it will be just fine,” the center posted.

Those wishing to donate toward its care can do so through the center’s website at


The rescue center also posted a photo of the grebe’s unique feet.

Marking the years

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin is marking an anniversary on Saturday.

“On April 8, 2014, a small but dedicated group of volunteers – many who didn’t know each other and only answered a plea for volunteers in the newspaper – came together to start a low-cost clinic for the residents of Venango County,” Theresa Weldon posted on the group’s Facebook page.

“Precious Paws had been transporting animals to the ANNA Shelter facility in Corry, but the long drive and weather, as well as the smell of a van full of cats, was not a good long-term solution,” the post continued.

“With a shoestring budget, used surgical equipment, and a lot of heart, blood, sweat and tears, we started the clinic. We painted walls, hung cabinets and begged for donations. We added dog surgeries in June of that year,” she continued.

“Since our inception, we have spayed or neutered just under 5,000 animals – in two weeks, we will reach the 5,000 milestone,” she said.

“We are lucky enough to have a great tech and vet who have been wonderful to work with – working long hours and going above and beyond the call of duty for animals that truly needed help with a thoroughness and compassion beyond reproach,” Weldon continued.

Weldon said volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization … doing anything that needs to be done.

“There is no pay for the volunteers of SNYP, but for the reward of helping animals and being among friends. To those of you who have used our services and been responsible pet owners, we thank you. For the many who have supported our efforts through time, donations and spreading the word, we could not do it without you. Thank you for a great three years,” Weldon posted.

Precious Paws can be reached by phone at (814) 671-9827 or by email at More information about the group and its low-cost spay/neuter program, SNYP, can be found online at or on the group’s Facebook page.

At the tail end

**Clarion PUPS’ Easter Extravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Park Inn by Radisson, Clarion. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be vendors, a bake sale, a Chinese Auction and a rabies clinic featuring Dr. McClaine giving rabies shots from 2 to 4 p.m.

More information about PUPS is available by calling (814) 764-5580, emailing or visiting the group’s Facebook Page.

**Venango County dog licenses and sportsman firearm permits will be issued from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Cooperstown fire hall. The cost for a dog license ranges from $4.50 to $8.50.

A rabies clinic also will be held. The cost for this service is $15. Other shots will be available as well, including Lyme disease, distemper kennel cough and feline leukemia vaccines.

** Bikers and Barks, Motorcycles and Meows will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22, Franklin VFW bingo hall, Ninth Street, Franklin.

The event features vendors, raffles, bake sale, flea market, swap meet and more. It benefits Safehaven Small Breed Rescue, Precious Paws Animal Rescue/SNYP, County Animal Response Team, Grove City Area Pet Rescue, Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, Club Pet Adoption and the Venango County Humane Society. It is hosted by Venango County ABATE and the DukeFest Team. Animals may attend but they must be up-to-date on shots and leashed. Table rentals are available. More information is available by calling  (724) 290-2671.

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