Helping hands and hearts

Safe Haven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta is helping out a pup with a medical condition. Precious Paws Animal Rescue is serving animals and the community. And the Venango County Humane Society and Tri-County Animal Rescue Center have some sassy troublemakers who need forever homes.



Have a heart

Safe Haven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta is helping Little Haley. Haley’s recent trip to the vet led to some not so good news.

Haley “most likely does have a PDA so we are planning her visit with the cardiologist mid February. By then she should be near the 4 pound weight they like,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page.

The shelter also went on to clarify what PDA is.

“Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) is a birth defect that affects the Pulmonary artery and the Aorta near the heart. These two blood vessels are connected in utero, and normally close off after birth. In some puppies (and other animals) the vessel does not close. This creates extra work for the heart and can result in heart failure at a very young age,” the rescue posted.

“One way of repairing this abnormal vessel is with a coil inserted into the defect via the femoral artery, much like a heart cath is performed on a human. If the defect is too large or the femoral artery too small, an open chest procedure is done. Both are risky surgeries but necessary for the pup to have a normal life span and healthy heart,” the post continued.

“The good news is that once the surgery and recovery are complete, the dog can life a totally normal life,” the rescue said.

More information about PDAs is available at The rescue is planning to host an online auction starting Feb. 3 to help pay for Haley’s heart procedure. The rescue is accepting donations for the auction.

The auction will be held on and people must join to bid.

Safehaven Small Breed Rescue is located at 318 Barber Drive, Tionesta. It can be reached by phone at (814) 463-5004 or email at

More information about the rescue is available on its website at or on its Facebook page.

Confusing and amusing


Trouble Maker

Venango County Humane Society in Seneca has a Trouble Maker and he’s up for adoption. There’s also Mr. Jinx and a puppy or two.

Trouble Maker, a domestic short hair, is a year-old neutered male. He’s a gray tabby with white on his face, green eyes and a pink nose.

“Trouble Maker is active, inquisitive and no trouble at all. He’s intelligent, enjoys people and almost impossible to resist. This playful cat will occasionally confuse you and always amuse you,” the shelter posted in Trouble Maker’s PetFinder listing.


Mr. Jinx

Mr. Jinx, a domestic long hair, is a 10-12-week-old neutered male. His soft, white coat has gray on the head and tail. He has almond-shaped yellow eyes and a pink nose.

“Mr. Jinx likes to stay in the background. He’s playful and cuddly whenever he ventures out, but he’s also content to relax and let (others) take center stage,” the shelter posted on PetFinder.

The shelter also posted a reminder on Facebook for those considering adopting from the shelter.

“The Venango County Humane Society is dedicated to caring for and finding the best homes for all our cats and dogs,” the shelter posted.

“We have an adoption application that everyone must fill out prior to adopting one of our pets. There are a couple things to remember when applying for adoption: If you own your home, we require either your real estate tax assessment or mortgage coupon/statement for verification. You must be 21 years old to adopt a cat or dog from our shelter,” the shelter added.

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.

It’s time to walk the dog

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin is now a part of

The rescue posted that people can sign up to support the rescue while they walk and spend time with their dogs.

“Its really easy to sign up – you just go to their website, download the app, and select Precious Paws in Franklin, PA, as your animal organization. Then turn it on every time you walk your dog and we get $$$. Thank you for your support! We really appreciate you,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the rescue’s SNYP Clinic is also serving at a drop off location for the Womankind’s Dignity Project.

People who would like to donate items for women’s health may stop by SNYP Clinic Tuesday at 720 Atlantic Ave. and drop them off.

Other locations include YMCAs in Clarion, Oil City, Franklin, and Grove City, as well as Bahama Breeze Tanning Salon and Tammy’s Nails on 13th Street will have their donation bins delivered to them by Wednesday, Feb. 1.


Christy Inch Fackler with Precious Paws Animal Rescue posted about Rosy’s afternoon siesta on the group’s Facebook Page. Rosy is available for adoption through Precious Paws.

Upcoming events

An adopt a pet event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at Tractor Supply in Cranberry. The store’s physical address is 6885 US 322, Franklin.

A Paint, Pour and Purr event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Hatched, 1237 Liberty St., Franklin. Gail Tefft will lead those attending to help them create amazing masterpieces.

The rescue is also gearing up for its spring craft show which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Rocky Grove fire hall in Franklin.

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.

Getting fixed

Clarion PAWS in Shippenville is scheduling for its March 4 spay and neuter clinic.

“Call now to get on it … we fill up fast and at our current capacity we will not have room for any spring kittens! Please get your cats spayed and neutered,” the shelter posted on its Facebook page.

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.

Sassy hairdo



Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville has Sassy girl up for adoption.

“Sassy is 3 years old and was surrendered to us when her owner had to go into a nursing home, but in another life Sassy might have been the inspiration for Thing 1 and Thing 2 or even for the Grinch himself,” the rescue posted on its website.

“With her topsy-turvy hairdo, feet that look like over-sized slippers, and a spindly, plumed tail that has a funny little kink in it, Sassy looks just ‘weird’ enough to be a very special dog,” the rescue added.

The listing speculated just what kind and how many different breeds Sassy has in her DNA.

“Those of us who know Sassy couldn’t care less about her breeding; what makes her so special to us is how energetic and playful she is in the yard, how much she makes us laugh when she twirls and whirls around, and the way she gently jumps up to greet us as if she’s asking us to dance,” the rescue added.

The shelter also has an array of tuxedo, calico and black cats available for adoption. They can be viewed under the “adopt us” tab at the shelter’s website at

It is also preparing for its Valentine’s Day Raffles. People have a chance to win a diamond or watch or earrings or be able to treat a loved one to dinner at rbg Clarion located in the Park Inn in Clarion.

The rescue will be at Tractor Supply in Clarion selling baked goods and raffle tickets on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets are also available now from one of its volunteers or at the rescue center during public hours.

Tri-County is located at 9562 Route 322, Shippenville. More information about Tri-County Animal Rescue Center is available on its Facebook page, by calling (814) 918-2032 or emailing


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