It all adds up

The Dukefest team’s recycling efforts are paying off.  The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca is gearing up for an online auction. Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin’s Oscar Fund could use a boost. Tri-County Animal Rescue in Shippenville believes “there’s a dog for every person and a person for every dog” and has a few candidates. Safehaven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta is caring for two sick pups.

Making cents


The Dukefest team and their helpers have a can-do attitude when it comes to recycling and raising funds for local animal rescues.

“We started collecting aluminum pop, beer and cat food cans, Friskies and Fancy Feast, about three and one-half years when the request came to us from a group that desperately needed funds to get the mountain of laundry done,” said Penny Haylett-Minnick of Franklin.

“We realized through that need that we could do more with the ‘free money’ and set goals for each $100 collected, which would take us about three to four months,” she said.


The money was distributed to each of the DukeFest beneficiary groups for them to use at their discretion.

The needs met included money for veterinarian bills, special diet foods, kennel repairs, pet food bank support, spay/neuter costs, specialized equipment and more.

As to this date, the team is close to recycling $1,000 in aluminum products.

Items accepted include cans such as pop, beer, juice and the aluminum cat food cans.

Tin or steel cans are not accepted … if a magnet sticks to the can it is NOT aluminum, Haylett-Minnick said.

At present, aluminum cans are paying 45 cents a pound, she said. Other large aluminum items are accepted but the team only gets about 7 cents a pound for them, she added.

During the months of December, January and February, the team had a goal to give each of the five groups that have kennel-type situations $50 for cleaning supplies.

“We made that ‘Muddy Paw’ goal last week and the money has been distributed,” said Haylett-Minnick.

“We are fortunate to have business partners, scout groups and many individuals who are assisting in the collection of cans. This is making a big difference in our recycling proceeds,” she added.

The efforts two main drop-off locations are the Duker Man’s Porch at 1218 Elk St. in Franklin and the Spay-Neuter Your Pet at 720 Atlantic Ave. in Franklin.

DukeFest beneficiaries are: Venango County Humane Society, Safehaven Small Breed Rescue, CART (County Animal Response Team), Precious Paws Animal Rescue, Hog Heaven Farm Animal Rescue and Club Pet Adoption.

More information about DukeFest can be found on the team’s Facebook page.

Up for bid


The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca is gearing up for its online auction. The auction begins Wednesday, March 22, and will continue through Thursday, March 30.

A sampling of the items up for bid is available on the Venango County Humane Society Fan Club Facebook page.

The auction will feature 200 items with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the shelter.

“The auction is completely run by volunteers so there are NO administrative fees,” a Facebook post said.

There will be a link posted on the Venango County Humane Society Fan Club Facebook page on March 22.

The Venango County Humane Society Fan Club will also host “Cheers Day” on Tuesday, March 28, at Bella Cucina Restaurant in Franklin.

“Join us at Bella Cucina in Franklin for lunch or dinner and show your support for our local homeless pets! Max Schang will be entertaining from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there,” a Facebook post said.

Student support

Earlier this month the fourth and fifth grade classes of St. Patrick Catholic School in Franklin collected several items for the humane society, including dog and cat food, treats, toys, bowls and more.

“We are very thankful for their generosity and concern in helping us help and care for all the animals! And all of the cats and dogs thank you as well,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

He’s hot



Charcoal, a Domestic Short Hair, is a 2 1/2-year-old neutered male. He’s a gray and white tiger with a round face and wide yellow eyes.

“Charcoal is a gentle giant. He’s loving and affectionate and looks after his friend Athena, who doesn’t care for the limelight. These two would keep each other company if you’re away from home during the day,” the shelter said in a Petfinder listing.

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 or online at

A valuable resource: The Oscar Fund

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin’s reported that its Oscar Fund is almost depleted, due to several recent animal cases and a decrease in donations since mid-November.



“One such case is Sebastian, who is waiting until we raise the money for his surgery before his eye can be removed,” said Theresa Weldon. “His eye is basically atrophying in his eye socket and needs to be removed. Sebastian was adopted by the person who found him but they didn’t have the necessary funds to remove the eye.”

“The Oscar Fund is a huge drain on our resources because we never see any of that money again,” Weldon added.

“What it does provide for the community is a valuable resource that offers hope to animals and owners who have no where else to turn,” she added. “Unfortunately, most of the Oscar Fund cases are in excess of $500 or more with no way to recoup any of the costs.”

Donations can be made via paypal or mail. is the PayPal address, people can put Oscar Fund in the note section. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 784, Franklin, Pa. 16323, and should be marked Oscar Fund as well.

Spring craft fair

The rescues’ spring craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Rocky Grove fire hall, 29 Shuffstall St., Franklin.

The event will feature more than 50 vendors and crafters. There will be more than 50 raffle baskets and door prizes. Food and baked goods will be available for purchase. A pet photographer will also be at the event. Some of the rescue’s adoptable pets will be attending the event.

There will be a rabies clinic for dogs and cats from noon until 4 p.m. during the event. Dr. Rainy Waites will be on hand for the clinic. Cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a non-retractable leash.

The cost for a one-year rabies vaccine is $10. Microchipping will be available for $10, including a form to take to the treasurer for lifetime license. Microchip registration is not included.

Those who take a bag of dog or cat food, cat litter, a cleaning product or give a donation will receive a ticket for a chance to win a door prize. Those who take a shoe donation for the rescue’s shoe drive will also be entered to win a door prize.

Proceeds from the event benefit Precious Paws Animal Rescue, the Oscar Fund and the Spay and Neuter Your Pet program.

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.

‘A dog for every person,  and a person for every dog’

Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville has some cute canines available for adoption.

Young misses

Lady MacBeth

Lady MacBeth

Miss Bliss and Lady MacBeth are 8-week-old Bull Terrier/Lab mixes according to the owner that surrendered them.

Miss Bliss

Miss Bliss sports colors of white (or cream) and black, while Lady MacBeth is white (or cream) and chocolate. Both are current on vaccinations.

UPDATE: According to a post on Tri-County’s Facebook page, Miss Bliss has found a home.

Friendly and faithful



In The Lord of the Rings, Gimli is a feisty but faithful dwarf. Steadfast by nature, Gimli walks beside Gandalf the wizard when they enter the dark mountain tunnels, counseling the wizard when the path becomes unsure. At TCARC, Gimli the black Lab is friendly and faithful – waiting to walk beside you when your way becomes unsure, the rescue said.

He is in the 60-65 pound range, is 5 years old and came to the shelter when his family’s house was damaged by fire after spending most of his life in an outdoor kennel, according to the shelter.

Gimli was adopted, but recently was returned because, while he got along great with the two older children in the family, he was not adjusting well to the three little ones, the rescue said.

It broke their hearts to return Gimli because Mom and Dad think he is such a wonderful dog. They believe he will do best in a family with older kids, Tri-County said.

They reported that Gimli is eager to please, responds well to correction, loves to go for walks and is completely housebroken.

Gimli has known some hard times but, in true Lab fashion, he bounces back.

For those looking for a steadfast, faithful friend to walk with while they slay dragons and search for hidden treasure, Gimli is at your service for both ordinary and epic adventures, the shelter said.

Some time and training



Snoopy is a 6-7 year old, 60-pound hound dog who loves the invitation of a wide open field or searching out the secrets of the deep dark woods.

Snoopy was adopted but then returned because his adopter was frustrated with Snoopy’s habit of “taking off,” Tri-County said.

But clearly something motivated Snoopy to come back or his former adopter would not have been able to wrangle him back to the shelter, the rescue center said.

“We believe one solution to Snoopy’s wanderlust is some committed, consistent training with positive reinforcement, and ‘time with,'” the shelter said.

“We also believe there’s a dog for every person, and a person for every dog, so we know that for someone reading this description right now Snoopy’s hankering for a good ramble is the very thing you will love about him most,” it added.

To meet Lady MacBeth, Gimli or Snoopy, people may contact Tri-County Animal Rescue Center on Facebook, call  (814) 918-2032, or email:

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Call to action

Safehaven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta was called into action to help two sick pups, Tina and Lance.



“We were contacted this morning about a 8-9 year old Chihuahua in need. This little girl has been passed from rescue to rescue because of a tumor or hernia that needs medical attention,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page.

“How could we say no to this face? The mass is huge for her tiny frame and must be taken care of ASAP,” the rescue posted.



“And just to make things interesting, I got a phone call while picking up Tina, seems a mill had a puppy that they thought was dying,” the rescue said in a later Facebook post.

“Of course we beat feet to get him. Poor baby was limp. He went straight from pick up to the vet where it was determined that he had a fever and upper respiratory/sinus infection,” the rescue said.

“He weighs 2.8 pounds. Poor little fella is really sick. So he got an antibiotic shot and 10 days worth of oral antibiotics. We will be monitoring his progress … checking his temp and making sure he gets good nutrition to help him fight this bug off. Meet Lance,” the rescue posted.

An update on the rescue’s page on Wednesday stated that Lance was feeling better and his temperature was coming down.

Donations toward Tina and Lance’s care may be made on Safehaven’s website at or by paypal at

Meanwhile, the rescue is also planning an online auction to help with Tina’s medical bills.
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.

Clinics scheduled

Regina Martin with Hog Heaven Rescue Farm in Cochranton posted on the rescue’s Facebook page about its low-cost cat spaying and neutering.

Martin posted that she is taking appointments for April 3 and 17 clinics.

She posted that with the current weather she would be transporting the cats, which can be dropped of and picked up at the rescue farm.

The $60 cost includes the spay/neuter procedure, a rabies vaccine and ear mite treatment. It is for both owned and feral cats. Call (814) 425-1850 to be put on the schedule.

She also posted a friendly reminder about Easter bunnies.

“Yes, bunnies are incredibly adorable but they can also be incredibly expensive to care for and very destructive at times. Kids don’t usually have the proper attention span to care for a bunny like they need and domestic bunnies are not capable of surviving in the wild when the parents get tired of taking care of them,” Martin posted. “So please, choose a stuffed bunny or chocolate instead – the Easter Bunny will thank you.”

More information about Hog Heaven is available online at The rescue can be reached by email at

Pause for popcorn


Clarion PAWS in Shippenville is popping or selling popcorn to raise funds.

“We are selling King Krunch (located in Brookville) flavored popcorn and treats to raise much needed funds to care for our residents,” the rescue posted on Facebook.

It urged people to print out the order form on its Facebook page and “help us help them” by asking your family and friends to order.

Orders and money must be turned in at the PAWS house by 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Orders will be ready for pick up, again at the PAWS house, between 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

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.

Available for adoption



Clarion PUPS has Missy available for adoption. She is a 4-year-old spayed female Pug/Beagle mix.

Meanwhile, it is getting ready for its Easter Extravaganza which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Park Inn by Radisson, Clarion.

The event will feature some of Clarion PUPS adoptable dogs. 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.

Dog warden to canvas Clarion County in April

CLARION – The regional dog warden will be canvassing Clarion County to check for updated dog licenses starting in early April.

“It is important that all dogs have 2017 licenses so to avoid any fines that the dog warden could issue,” said Tom McConnell, Clarion County treasurer.

Licenses may be purchased at the Clarion County Treasurer’s office, in person or by mail.

The application can be downloaded from the treasurer’s page on the county website at

Completed applications and checks or money orders may be sent to Tom McConnell, Treasurer, 330 Main St, Room 110, Clarion, Pa. 16214.

Licenses can also be purchased at RMS Furniture in New Bethlehem, Sligo Rec Center in Sligo, Lander’s Store in Lucinda, Knox Country Farm Supply in Knox, Steiner’s Outdoors & More in East Brady, Rocky Acres Kennel in Clarion, Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville, Fryburg Old Treasure Depot in Fryburg and Doggie Bole in Rimersburg.

Prices are $8.50 for male or female, $6.50 for neutered or spayed, and there is a $2 discount for senior citizens. There are also lifetime licenses available.

Purchases may also made at by choosing Clarion County and paying with a credit or debit card.

More information is available by calling (814) 226-1113 or emailing

Mark your calendars

** 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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