Look who’s talking!

Tri-County Animal Rescue in Shippenville lets some of its longtime residents do the talking. Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin is preparing for its Spring Craft show, which will feature a rabies clinic, and the rescue is collecting gently used shoes. The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca has some awesome adoptables waiting for homes. Safehaven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta is working through some health issues with one of its residents.

Speaking up

Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville asked their long-term residents to make their best adoption pleas in the hope these affectionate felines find their forever homes. These kitties went one step further by donning their fanciest attire and asking for a photo shoot so they could present their very best to their potential adopters.

Without further ado, the letters from Happy, Baxter and Crystal, longtime – but exceedingly hopeful – residents of Tri-County.

Happy talk



Hi everyone, I’m Happy! That’s not just my name, it’s a great way to describe me! I was dropped at Tri-County in 2016 which is also the year I delivered six adorable kittens. My kittens found loving homes but I’m still here (makes saddest kitty face ever). Since I arrived, it has been my dream to be adopted before my one-year anniversary on Monday, March 13. I was wondering if anyone out there would help make my dream come true? I am super affectionate, crazy cute and get along with lots of different cats and I really, really, REALLY want a home to call my own! Please, PLEASE come meet me! I promise I’ll make your heart Happy, like me!

– Purrs and snuggles,


Baxter the poet



Baxter is the name and fun is my game,
To let me stay here would be a great, big shame.
I’m quick, energetic, and playful too!
And I will rub your legs to say, “Thank you!”
Toys, cats, humans – doesn’t matter,
I love them all, especially the latter!
Looks can be deceiving but this is my word,
I’m overflowing with love and this must be heard,
Adopt me and you will forever be pleased!
You’ll love me so much, I’ll be your main squeeze!

Crystal’s voice



Gorgeous. That was your first thought glancing at my picture, but who can blame you? I am nothing if not stunningly gorgeous. What one cannot see in this exquisite photograph is how friendly, curious and lovable I am! That will remain our secret because life is more fun with a little mystery, don’t you agree? My needs are minimal: Someone to feed me, someone to give me treats, someone with a warm lap, someone who will toss toys for my entertainment, and of course someone who will speak glowingly of my beauty and intelligence. Unbelievably, I have been at Tri-County for an exceptionally long time, but I know my hero will soon rescue me. You are permitted to download or stop for an adoption application immediately. Line forms to the left, no pushing please.

– Radiantly,


To meet Happy, Baxter or Crystal, contact Tri-County Animal Rescue Center on Facebook, call (814) 918-2032 or email contactus@Tricounty-arc.org. Tri-County is located at 9562 Route 322, Shippenville.

Hoppy Easter event

Easter Flyer 2017 Tri

Tri-County also has a Hoppy Easter event planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Tractor Supply in Clarion. The event will feature pictures with the Easter bunny, baked goods, raffles and more.

Looking for some magic?



Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin has Merlin available for adoption.

“This sweet handsome boy, Merlin, is looking for his forever home. We think he’s a beagle terrier. He’s about 5 years old and weighs 25 pounds. He’s a very lovable fellow, likes kids, going for long walks, getting scrubbed with his loofah in the bath, and is a real character,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page.

Spring Craft Fair

More than 50 vendors have signed up for the rescue’s Spring Craft Fair. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Rocky Grove fire hall, 29 Shuffstall St., Franklin.

The event will feature vendors and crafters, food, raffle baskets, a 50-50 drawing, a pet photographer, baked goods and more. This is a dog-friendly event.

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

Those who take a bag of dog or cat food, cat litter, a cleaning product or gives 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.

There will be a rabies clinic for dogs and cats from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Rocky Grove fire hall. 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 available for $10, including a form to take to treasurer for lifetime license. Microchip registration is not included.

Precious Paws will also have Seresto collars for $50 with $15 mail in rebate. No other services will be offered.

Shoe drive


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

How sweet it is

The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca has felines Sugar Boots and Merry available for adoption.


Sugar Boots

Sugar Boots, a Domestic Short Hair, is a 2-year-old spayed female. She has a broad head with a short muzzle, wide green eyes and white whiskers. Her silky black coat has white on the face and the tips of her paws.

“Sugar Boots is a shy girl. She likes being petted, but you have to make the first move. Her favorite pastime is curling up on her ledge and watching the guests come and go in the cat room. Sugar Boots is as sweet as her name,” the shelter said in a PetFinder posting.



Merry, a Domestic Medium Hair, is a 3-year-old spayed female. She has a broad head, round muzzle, large upright ears, and yellow eyes. Her predominantly white coat has black of the face and back.

“Merry is an affectionate girl who likes to cuddle. As soon as you pet her, she curls up and asks for more. Merry will be your number one fan when you adopt her from the Humane Society,” the shelter said in a PetFinder posting.

In other news

Meanwhile, the Fans of the Venango County Humane Society’s Facebook page, posted about two youths who donated to the shelter.

“Hailey and Caiden Hanna, daughter and son of Shawn and Laurie Hanna, celebrated birthdays this week. They both decided instead of presents for themselves, they’d ask guests attending their birthday party to bring a gift/donation for the animals at the Humane Society … Thank you so much … We appreciate your wonderful hearts for the animals and for all the special gifts…,” the post said.

The humane society was also featured this month by UPMC for its “Lend A Hand” program. A display is set up in the hospital’s cafeteria.

The shelter also encouraged folks who shop through Amazon at smile.amazon.com. When people shop at that link, Amazon donates to the charity of your choice.

Shoppers go to “smile.amazon.com” and select Venango County Humane Society and Amazon will give the shelter a small portion of each purchase you make.

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 venangocountyhumanesociety.org.

Mending Mitzi



Safehaven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta is working to help Mitzi through some health issues.

The rescue posted on Facebook Tuesday that Mitzi had been admitted to the hospital for further testing.

“They have found part of the skin problem and have already begun treatment. The cortisol blood test that they drew was higher than they normally see, so she will have the Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test for Cushings tomorrow morning,” the rescue posted.

The rescue posted that it would know results from the test by the end of the week.

“Thank goodness we were able to get her in so quickly with this vet and they knew exactly what to do,” the rescue said.

Meanwhile, another Safehaven dog Haley was able to find a home.

“You know we always try to do the very best for each of our rescues. With that said, I can tell you that Haley is going to have the perfect home. One of the ICU nurses charged with her care applied to adopt … how could we have found a better home,” the rescue posted on Facebook.

“Amy, the ICU nurse is going to take over her aftercare and is only 10 minutes from the hospital should Haley need any urgent care. This is without any doubt the best outcome for this baby. A new heart and a new home where she will be spoiled and loved,” the rescue added.

However, the rescue could use a few funds itself as it recovers from Haley’s and Mitzi’s medical bills.

“After Haley’s big expense of $3,365.92, we have about $400 left in the bank. But I cannot allow Mitzi to be undiagnosed for any longer. We WILL find out what the problem is and get her the help she deserves.” the rescue posted.

Donations can be made through Safehaven’s website or paypal. The Paypal address is safehavensbr@gmail.com.

Every can counts


The DukeFest team continues its aluminum can collection. Cans may be dropped off on the Duker Man’s side porch, at 1218 Elk St., Franklin. The porch is the one with the yellow bench located three doors up from the Post Office in Franklin.

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

Learning to help

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Saegertown posted about it’s recent Wildlife First Responder class on its Facebook page.

“We had a fantastic time last week with 24 participants in our 2107 Wildlife First Responder class. They learned about the laws pertaining to wildlife, how to identify when various wildlife need help and how best to respond while maintaining safety,” the center posted.

The center also posted that four participants returned to practice capture techniques with live raptors.

The center is located at 21601 Stull Road, Saegertown.

More information is available online at www.tamarackwildlife.org or by calling (814) 763-2574 to request a form.

Mark your calendars

** 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 said that March 22 is full and she is now taking appointments for April 3. The $60 cost includes a physical, three-day pain injection and rabies vaccine. It is for both owned and feral cats. People may call (814) 425-1850 to be put on the schedule.
Martin said for the March 22 clinic the mobile unit will come to the rescue’s farm. For the April 3 date, she will transport the cats to the base in Pittsburgh.

** Clarion PUPS 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 clarionpups@gmail.com or visiting the group’s Facebook Page.

** 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.


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.