Some things get better with age

While lately there has been a baby boom at area shelters and foster homes, there are still several more mature animals that could use a place to call their own.

Say cheese!



Theresa Weldon of Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin posted earlier this week on Facebook about Cheddar the cat.

“Precious Paws does not euthanize animals unless they are ill with no chance of recovery or have behavioral issues which cannot be corrected and poses a danger to others,” Weldon posted.

“Four years ago we took in a litter of kittens … the kittens became adults as everyone took in ‘free to good homes’ kittens advertised on social media,” she posted. “Over time we found homes for Colby, and the other cheese litter. All except Cheddar.”

Cheddar likes dogs and he loves other cats. He likes being petted and brushed, Weldon said.

“He’s guaranteed to keep your lap warm on cold winter nights. He needs a forever home. Do you need Cheddar in your life?” she posted.



Weldon also posted about Cooper who showed up at a garage sale of animal lovers.

“His terrible wounds have healed but can you heal his heart with a forever home?” she posted.


Kittens who will be ready for adoption through Precious Paws.

But if you still need your kitten fix, Precious Paws has some candidates for you.

Mary L Gurnée of Precious Paws posted earlier this week about PPAR foster kittens Sterling, Steel and Cobalt (blue).

Sterling (silver tabby with white socks), Steel (silver tabby) and Cobalt (blue) will be available for adoption after they have had their neuters,  Gurnée posted.

Potential adoptive families may visit and click on the adopt link for an application.



Katelin the cat is recuperating.

Precious Paws also provided an update on the injured cat that the rescue helped earlier this month.

Through the power of social media, the rescue was able to find the cat’s owners.

The owner, Kelly Parks, posted on the group’s Facebook page: “I want to extend a HUGE thank you to Precious Paws for rescuing my injured cat and taking him to the vet. A special thanks to Christi for transporting him there. If it wasn’t for your generosity in helping us pay his vet bills I’m afraid we couldn’t have kept him alive. It literally was a matter of life or death! I want to especially thank all the donors who make this possible!”

The kitty has now has his leg amputated and is home recovering from his ordeal, Weldon said. He was also neutered at the same time so he will be less interested in going outside, she added.

The Oscar Fund is Precious Paws Animal Rescue’s Animal Assistance Fund.

“We provide financial and medical support for owned and unowned animals who are injured and need emergency medical treatment to save their lives,” Weldon said.

People can make donations to the fund through PayPal, to or mailing a check to P.O. Box 784, Franklin, PA  16323. 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.

Not too much to Bear



Clarion PAWS in Shippenville posted some information about Bear earlier this week.

Bear was living in a feral colony, which is why his ear is tipped, the post said.

“This sweet teddy bear didn’t quite fit in,” the rescue said.

Bear loves to lounge in the sun on comfy beds, chairs or, his personal favorite, laps.

Meanwhile, the rescue is in desperate need of the blue bag Purina cat chow for its adult cats at the PAWS house.
” We feed the blue bag exclusively as to keep them from having digestive issues,” the rescue posted.

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

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

Zero found a hero


Zero was adopted

Earlier this week the Venango County Humane Society posted that one-eyed dog Zero had been adopted.
Meanwhile, there are still plenty of adoptable animals at the shelter looking for good homes. Check out these critters who also deserve a second chance at the Venango County Humane Society.



Callie, a domestic medium hair, is a 1 1/2-year-old spayed calico. She has a flashy coat, green eyes and a pink nose. Callie is an active, alert girl who was brought to the shelter because her previous owner got sick. Callie is looking for someone to love. Affectionate and entertaining, this girl will be a wonderful addition to any home. Many cultures believe cats of this color are good luck.



Ruben, a hound mix, is a 3- to 4-year-old neutered male. He has a red coat with a white blaze on his chest and light brown eyes. Ruben, a calm, laid-back dog, came in as a stray. He walks well on a leash and gets along with people. This handsome, house-trained dog will need a daily exercise routine and would be happy to live indoors with his new family.

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

International Homeless Animals’ Day is Saturday


Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Rescue of Zelienople will be honored as Rescue of the Year.

CLARION — Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville will hold its fourth annual International Homeless Animals’ Day celebration from 11 a.m. until dusk on Saturday, Aug. 20, in Veterans Memorial Park, across from the Clarion County Courthouse.

The event will feature a vaccine and microchip clinic, animal-related speakers, kids’ games, the Animal Advocate Awards, a pet parade, various vendors, raffles, a blessing of the animals and a luminary ceremony.

Attendees will have a chance to meet some of the local rescues and the people who dedicate their time to making lives better for animals.

Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Rescue of Zelienople will be honored as Rescue of the Year. A 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit Gentle Ben’s. More information about Gentle Ben’s is available on the group’s Facebook page.

Other awards to be given are for animal advocates and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

New this year will be a vaccination and microchip clinic beginning at 11 a.m. by Western PA Humane Society.

Returning favorites include a Chinese auction with many items, games for kids, music and food.

Several speakers are lined up throughout the day and include:

  • Allegheny Spay and Neuter Clinic — Nina Davis on spaying and neutering pets
  • Bright Future Farms — Bev Dee on a horse rescue case
  • Clarion Animal Hospital — Dr. Crystal Hamaan-Showen on basic pet care needs
  • Clarion Canine Obedience Club — Kelly Bonanno and Barbara Dubinett on obedience and safety around dogs
  • Happily Ever After — Dean Hornberger on bully breeds
  • HSPO from Jefferson County — Debbie McAndrew
  • Humane PA PAC — Charlotte Grimme on bills regarding animal protection
  • Safehaven Small Breed Rescue — Teri Walters on puppy mills

The lighting of the luminaries brings the day to a close in a beautiful tribute to beloved pets who have passed to the Rainbow Bridge.

The International Society for Animal Rights conceived and began International Homeless Animals’ Day or IHAD in 1992. Since that time, IHAD observations have consistently grown in number throughout the world. Every day, animals are abandoned or placed into kennels, dependent on charities and goodwill.

These organizations are strained beyond coping, and are desperate to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and abandoned animals. IHAD aims to educate people about pet abandonment and the benefits of spaying/neutering domestic animals.

Rabies clinic slated

Clarion PUPS will hold a rabies clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Clarion PUPS property at 483 Pine St., Strattanville.

Dr. Debbie McClaine, DVM, will administer the shots.  All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. The clinic is open to dogs and cats.

Cost is $15 per rabies shot. A previous rabies certificate must be provided in order to be considered a three-year vaccine, otherwise all shots are one-year. Proceeds from the clinic benefit Clarion PUPS. Meanwhile, the rescue posted that Chase and Turbo had been adopted.

Clarion PUPS can be reached by calling (814) 764-5580.

Bright Futures to hold open house

Bright Futures Farm in Cochranton is gearing up for its annual open house which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. The day includes 50/50 raffles, 24 gift baskets to win, photos with the horses including Fast Market, the oldest living son of Secretariat; tours of the farm, Pony Plop Bingo and more.

The rescue will also be holding a veterans clothing drive. It will be taking donations of gently used men’s clothing, jackets, coats and shoes to help those in need locally who have served our country.

Those interested in playing Pony Plop Bingo don’t have to attend the open house. Interested persons can buy a block (or more) in the Pony Plop Bingo grid from now through 1 p.m. the day of the open house.

At 1 p.m., the rescue’s “Unicorn” will enter the paddock and the watch will begin. Where will the Unicorn “plop”? Wherever he wants. If he plops on your square you win. Anyone can buy a block. Need not be present to win. Buy one block for $10 or 4 blocks for $30.

Rules: When our Unicorn “plops,” wherever the largest volume of manure rests is the winning block. If there is an absolutely equal volume of manure in more than one block, the winner’s share will be equally split between the owners of those two blocks. Payout: If all blocks are sold at $10 each, the maximum win is $360. The winner receives 25 percent of the blocks sold.



Meanwhile, the rescue posted an update on Facebook on some of horses that were rescued from a Clarion County Farm.

“Tanner and Cider look great thanks to Connie,” the rescue posted. “Two more months and I bet they’ll look like they should have all along.”

“Tanner goes back to Brown Equine for a follow up Friday, then I think he’ll go on to his new home … the same day,” the post continued. “Cider is still looking for his forever home, but will be fostered and given some etiquette lessons …”

Those interested in giving Cider a temporary or permanent home can email the rescue at

Donations to the rescue can be made via paypal at or gofund me at or by mail at: Bright Futures Farm, 238 Old Franklin Pike, Cochranton, PA 16314.

Help for a hurt hawk


This injured hawk is receiving care at Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville.

Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville took in an injured young broad wing hawk earlier this week, according to a Facebook post.

The center posted that he had impacted a car and was suffering from head trauma and a fractured eye socket.

“He will be here a while to heal and hopefully he’ll be able see well enough to be released,” the center posted.

“We sure could use some donations to cover costs,” the center said.

It is currently closed to new intakes.

Donations can be mailed to SSWRC, 889 Farren Surrena Rd., Harrisville, PA 16038. They can also be made through center’s website,

Sweet sadness



Droopy Basset Hound Rescue of Western Pennsylvania introduced Oliver as part of its family.

“He is just 18 months old and as sweet as can be!” the rescue posted.

Oliver is currently severely malnourished and underweight. While, he did gain three pounds in the first week in foster, he still needs a special diet. He also has an infection and is undergoing treatment for that. The rescue is seeking donations to help with his dietary and medical needs.

While he is negative for worms, Lyme disease and heartworms, he does have an infection.

Donations can be made in the form of a gift card to or They can be sent to Those interested in helping can email that address to see if Oliver has other needs, or to find the mailing address for direct shipping.

“Thank you for helping us help Oliver to learn to live the way any basset should!” the rescue posted.

Droopy Basset Hound Rescue is located at 15581 Stewart Hill Road, Union City. The rescue can be reached at (888) 943-8376 or online at


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