June is the ‘purrfect’ time to adopt a cat

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat month and do we have some candidates for you. These “purrfect” companions include a couple of special needs kittens, including one who found a very special home, and some great adult cats as well. It’s only fitting that we include and update on Firestone, the cat rescued from a wheel rim and tire. Of course, we have some pups that need homes too and a rescued horse who is up for adoption.

London and Kayla

CH kitten London went home with her new best friend, Kayla.


Seeking special homes for special needs kittens

Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a disorder which causes uncoordinated movement but is a non-progressive condition, according to the website chcat.org. The condition does not worsen with age, the website said. The disorder occurs when the cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls fine motor skills and coordination, is not completely mature at birth. “There are various causes such as bacterial or viral infections, feline panleukopenia (in the mother), caused by feline parvovirus, but can also be caused by poisoning, injury or malnutrition,” according to chcat.org.

TahitiJordanIt is important to know that CH kittens are not in any pain or contagious in any way, they have a normal life expectancy and will live happy and healthy lives. They do need to be kept indoors and retain their claws, but these “wobbly” kittens can still run, jump and climb stairs. They have no idea they are “special needs,” in fact, CH cat owners insist these are the most lovable felines they have ever owned!

One of Tri-County Animal Rescue Center’s  CH kittens recently went home with her new best friend, Kayla, who also has CH. Tri-County employee Heather said it best, “London found herself a little girl who understands her purr-fectly!!!”

London’s brother and sister are also available for adoption at the Shippenville center.  Charming Jordan is wobbly, but he is a very playful guy and is current on vaccines. Affectionate Tahiti is also wobbly and has a head tremor, but like Jordan, her CH is mild. Currently this sweet girl is living with a foster mom, interested persons should contact Tri-County in advance to arrange a meeting.

To meet Jordan or Tahiti, contact Tri-County Animal Rescue Center on Facebook, or call (814) 918-2032, or email contactus@Tricounty-arc.org.

Telling feline tales

Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty

Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has been posting pictures and stories about their feline residents on the rescue’s Facebook page.

“If you can’t adopt right now we can always use sponsors, to help care for our residents and spread their story to find them a furrever home,” a Facebook post said. “If you can’t sponsor, volunteer! We can always use volunteers, just stop by during our open hours and we’ll show you our simple routine. Plus the cats get to meet new people, one of their favorite things.”

Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty is a free roamer at PAWS. She was being picked on by her roommates so now she hangs out in the kitchen with Dusti and Franny. Being out has allowed her loving, playful, and attention seeking, personality to shine through.
She loves to be petted and has a new found love for toys. She does well with other cats but can be easily intimidated by cats with strong personalities.




Serena is the only female cat in room 2. She rules that room from her favorite spot on the climbing tree. Serena has been at the PAWS house for about a year now. Since all of her kittens found their families she is ready for hers to come along.


Domino lives in room 2. The other residents of this room can be a bit cranky. That doesn’t bother this sweet boy a bit. He enjoys cuddling up to his roommates and anyone



who will let him. That is when he isn’t grooming his roommates and playing with toys.

This wonderful boy has a great personality that would be good for a furrever home with kids.

Clarion PAWS is locate at 11348 Route 322, Shippenville, on the Clarion River Hill, between Scrap Happy and Clarion Electric.

The center is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

More information is available by calling  (814) 229-1231 or online at clarionpaws.org.

More furrever friends

More possible feline friends are looking for homes at Venango County Humane Society in Seneca.




Meet Felicia! She has been at the shelter since January. She was adopted out once by an older man but due to severe allergies he had to return her. She has been patiently waiting since to find her forever home. She is a very quiet cat, enjoys her time alone and getting loved. She is very mellow.


This is Dollie. She is a quiet girl and has been at the shelter since January. She is very independent but loves attention. She will get along with other cats and will tolerate dogs. She is hoping to find her forever home. Once she feels comfortable with you, she will come on your lap for some love and purr contentedly. She also loves to play



with toys.

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 humane society is available by calling (814) 677-4040 or online at venangocountyhumanesociety.org.

A spaghetti dinner benefiting the Venango County Humane Society will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Grace United Methodist Church, 350 Front Street, Franklin. Cost is $8 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 11 to 4 years old and free for ages 3 years old and under.



Firestone becomes friendly … sort of

Theresa Weldon of Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin shared an update on Firestone, the cat rescued from a wheel rim and tire.

“He’s become quite the friendly and social kitty, at night after everyone else has gone to bed, he will come demanding head rubs. He’s extremely persistent. Sometimes this affection goes on for a half hour or so. Today, he even let me pull him onto my lap. But, as with most former ferals, when they’ve had enough they will let you know it and become illusive and full claws again,” Weldon posted.




Meanwhile, PPAR has a  Shih Tzu mixed with Lhaso Apso dog that could use a home.

Casey is 12 years old. He is good with other dogs. He ignores the cats. He walks very well on a leash. He likes to sit on the deck. He is a really sweet well adjusted dog.

Casey was surrendered to the rescue when his owner became terminally ill and the owner’s family could not keep him. Sadly, Casey’s owner passed away earlier  this month. The group  had not offered him for adoption earlier because they wanted to make sure his owner had every opportunity to see his dog until he passed.
Casey does not bark and is very quiet. Precious Paws had him groomed and made current on vaccinations. He is now looking for his forever home.

More information about Precious Paws is available on the group’s website at pparfranklin.com or by calling (814) 671-9827 or emailing adoptpreciouspaws@gmail.com.

 A brighter future



Jet, one of the survivors of the Hanging Barn is available to adopt, according to a Facebook post on the Bright Futures Farm’s page.

Jet is a black Rocky Mountain gelding with no markings. He is approximately 14.2 hands tall.

He appears to be sound. He was just gelded … and can leave soon. Jet should go to an experienced home only.

Interested person’s can email the farm at brightfuturesfarm@gmail.com.

An update on the farm’s go fund me pages said two other horses were adopted.

“Candy, now named Inga, and Dolly, now named Journey, arrived at their new home yesterday!” the post said.

They join a senior pony, Patches, and a lovely gentleman named Trigger.

“Inga just wanted to eat her hay and stay out of the way when she arrived,” the update said. “Trigger was all eyes and nose … trying to get to know the ladies and Patches was trying to have a discussion with Journey and she wanted no part of it.”

“Everyone is doing well,” the post added.

Those wishing to donate to the farm can do so at  gofundme.com.

A benefit trail ride and tack swap to benefit the hanging barn survivors and Bright Futures Farm will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Top Notch Stables, 11103 Dyer Road, Union City.

The ride will take approximately 2 hours and will begin at noon. A tack swap will follow the ride. Refreshments and snacks will be on sale. Cost is $10 per rider and horse. Tables are $5 and participants must take their own. Shirts cost $10.

More information is available by calling (814) 882-1401.

Help needed at Clarion Pups Dog park

SadieWe need people to help with the continued development and managing of the dog park, a Facebook post said.

“We have several resources for grants but we need people who have experience with grant writing or even just the time to follow through with soliciting funds,” the post said.

The group also needs landscapers, mowers, play group managers, etc. Interested people can call (814) 764-5580.

Meanwhile, Sadie, a female Labrador retriever and terrier mix, is up for adoption. Those interested in adopting Sadie can contact PUPS at (814) 764-5580 or by email at clarionpups@gmail.com.

There are also many other dogs up for adoption featured on the group’s Facebook page.

Injured fawn

Injured fawn

Skye’s Spirit busy with incoming patients

Meanwhile Skye’s Spirit Rehab center in Harrisville is filling up with fawns.
“Fawn No. 10 came from the Franklin area, found down in a ditch,” a Facebook post said. “The rescuers thought it may have been the fall that caused his issues however upon examination it appears more likely that it was hit by a car. She has pretty severe head trauma, bruising and some road rash. I will do everything I can for her,” the post continued.

The center said due to dwindling resources, “this is most likely the last fawn we’ll be able to take.”

Those wishing to help donate toward the center can do so via a gofund me page at gofundme.com. Donations can also be made on the center’s website
skyes-spirit.com or by mail at 889 Farren Surrena Road  Harrisville, PA  16038.

Vaccinate your pets

A Clarion County raccoon tested positive for rabies, according to an alert shared on the Tri-County Animal Rescue’s Facebook pages.

The location was Lakeview Drive, Emlenton, Salem Township, Clarion County.

The report said, a dog was attacked by a raccoon while lying in the front yard. The owner was able to kill the raccoon and submitted it to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory where it tested positive for rabies.

One dog was exposed to the rabid raccoon. The dog received a rabies booster and is placed under quarantined for 180 days. No humans were exposed to the raccoon.

Two other animals in Erie County also recently tested positive for rabies.

Make sure your animals are vaccinated it’s one way to keep them safe and it’s the law.

Vendors added

Dukefest has at least 17 vendors signed up for the Saturday, Sept. 10, event.

Regular vendor space is free, however, a donation of approximate $15 in product for the DukeFest raffle is appreciated, organizers said.

Vendor applications should be submitted by Friday, Sept. 2.

More information and applications are available by contacting Amber Martino at aamartino@verizon.net or (814) 673-2808; Mieke Heffern at mjheffern@yahoo.com or (814) 437-0928; Penny Minnick at dukermandog@gmail.com or message organizers through Facebook at DukeFest Dog Walk.

The fifth annual dog walk benefits local non-profit animal rescue and response groups.

More information about DukeFest is available on the group’s Facebook page DukeFest Dog Walk.


(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. More information about the blog is available by contacting Anna Applegate at 814-677-8364.)