‘Stop the breeding’

Clarion PAWS is over ‘catpacity.’ Precious Paws provides an update on the effort to raise funds to buy a building to house its SNYP clinic. Several fundraisers and events are in the works and of course there are many furry faces that could use a place to call home.

Looking for some fabulous felines? Fret no more


Clarion PAWS has lots of furry faces to choose from.

Clarion PAWS is pleading with animal lovers and pet owners to help “stop the breeding.”
In a Facebook post earlier this week the shelter said it is over “catpacity” with many, many furry faces needing ‘furever’ homes.
“While they wait they depend on us and we depend 100 percent on community support to provide for them,” the post said.
The shelter put out a call for donations and volunteers.
Monetary donations are used for utilities and vet expenses. The shelter can also use dry and canned food – gift list @ walmart.com- and Tractor Supply gift cards always are needed.
“We have no paid employees and a ton of cleaning to do,” the shelter posted.
Donations to the shelter’s spay/neuter fund desperately needed.
“Many feral, stray and owned cats needing altered. We must stop the breeding,” the post continued.




Clarion PAWS is a no kill shelter, that means that all of its feline residents have a home until they find their furrever home, according to a post on the shelter’s Facebook page.
“However some of our residents are in desperate need of a home because shelter life is not good for their health,” the post said.
Fergus is a diabetic and needs his insulin every 12 hours.
“We have volunteers who medicate every day but it would be easier on him to have a furrever home that can monitor him more closely,” the shelter said.
“Please consider opening your heart and home to one of the sweetest boys we have here,” the post continued.



Myra came to Clarion PAWS with young kittens and she herself is just a kitteen.
“This girl is still a bit shy but would do great in any loving home,” the shelter posted.
She loves to play and quickly warms up. However being picked up is still a scary thought, the Facebook post said.
“Please consider opening your home to Myra or one of our other fabulous felines,” the shelter added.
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 www.clarionpaws.org, the group’s Facebook page or by calling (814) 229-1231.

Building fund update


midnight and shady

Midnight and Shady are up for adoption through Precious Paws.

Theresa Weldon posted an update on Facebook this week about Precious Paws’ efforts to raise money to buy the building where it holds its SNYP low cost spay neuter clinics every Tuesday.  The building is located at 720 Atlantic Avenue in Franklin.
“We’ve done bake sales, the craft show, solicited all donors who have helped us in the past, all the local civil groups and area businesses,” Weldon posted.
“Through your generosity, we have raised just over $35,000 for our goal of $65,000,” she said.
The rescue is trying to get a mortgage for the remaining $30,000 but are still trying to raise funds for building repairs.
“We need a sign out front, the roof needs work, we need to optimize configuration for the clinic and put in an outdoor exercise area in the back of the building for dogs visiting on clinic days,” Weldon posted.
“We are also excited to use the building for our pet food bank, and to host an indoor dog park in the winter as well as continue to support the barn hunt, and local obedience trainers,” she said.
The building is not intended to be a shelter to house animals, according to Weldon.
Weldon posted that it will a base for Precious Paws to grow and continue to serve the needs of the animals in the community.
She added that the rescues’ most generous patron has offered to match funds up to $25,000.
Funds can be donated by the YouCaring Link – https://www.youcaring.com/precious-paws-animal-rescue-510087 or Paypal to AdoptPreciousPaws@gmail.com or mail to PO Box 784, Franklin, PA 16323 (with Building Fund in the memo).
Meanwhile, kittens Midnight and Shady are looking for a purrfect place to live.
They are approximately four months old. They tend to be shy at first but they are young and warm up very quickly. They are looking for a home after the 80 year old lady caring for them needed to find them a new home so she can successfully complete chemotherapy and focus on her health needs.
Other animals waiting for forever homes from PPAR can be viewed online through its pet finder listing https://m.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/PA176 .
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.

Double ouch



An osprey being treated at Skye’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville.

Skye’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center posted a photo of an osprey on the center’s Facebook Page on July 10.
“This gorgeous nestling osprey was brought by a game officer after it was found out of it’s nest,” the post said.
Upon x-ray it was found that it has two fractures – one in each wing, the center posted.
The osprey will be sporting double wing wraps for several weeks, according to the post.
” Thankfully it is the best eater! We have no idea what the total cost of rehab will be but these typically take several hundred dollars or more…please help us care for him,” the center said.
Those who want to contribute to its care can make donations through center’s website, www.skyes-spirit.com or mail funds to SSWRC, 889 Farren Surrena Road. Harrisville, PA, 16038.
The center also has a Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/skyeswildlife.

Get purr-sonal with these adoptees



The Venango County Humane Society has lots of cool cats and dandy dogs up for adoption.
Stanley, a domestic long hair, is a 4-year-old neutered male. He has a broad head with high cheek-bones, expressive green eyes, and a black and brown tiger coat.
He has a calm disposition and affectionate nature. In fact, he gets along well with most everyone-except other cats. Stanley likes to chase them. He’ll be most accommodating if he’s the lone cat in your home.



Chubbs, a beagle/basset mix, is a 6-year-old spayed female. She has an orange and white coat and brown eyes. The hot weather is hard on Chubbs. She should be walked daily in the cool hours or the early morning or late evening. This patient, trusting girl came in as a stray.
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 677-4040 or online at venangocountyhumanesociety.org.

Clarion PUPS raising funds


Gabby is up for adoption through Clarion PUPS.

Clarion PUPS is looking for donations for a gazebo and shed for its dog park.
Donations may be made directly to its PayPal account at: clarionpups@gmail.com OR checks can be mailed to: Clarion PUPS PO BOX 51 Strattanville, PA 16258 OR cash or check donations can be made from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at its office located at 483 Pine St., Strattanville, PA; The rescue will also be at the C93 Family Block Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Park across from the courthouse. Donations may be dropped off then.
Meanwhile, Gabby, a senior female poodle is available for adoption through PUPS.
More information about Clarion PUPS is available by calling (814) 764-5580 or emailing clarionpups@gmail.com.

Tri-County getting ready for a big day


Tri-County Animal Rescue Center’s International Homeless Animals’ Day will feature a luminary ceremony.


Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville is gearing up for its International Homeless Animals’ Day from 11 a.m. until dusk on Aug. 20.
The event will feature the Western PA Humane Society vaccine and microchip clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be animal-related speakers, kids’ games, the Animal Advocate Awards, a pet parade, various vendors, raffles, a blessing of the animals and a luminary ceremony.
More information is available on the rescue’s Facebook page or by calling the shelter at (814) 918-2032.

Animal events

Two animal-related events are scheduled in Oil City next week.
The Blessing of the Animals will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the front entrance of Oakwood Heights, 10 Vo-Tech Drive. It is sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church. There will be an individual blessing for each pet by the Rev. Hydie Houston. Animals must be caged or leashed.
A pet show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in Justus Park. The Venango County Humane Society Pet Show will start at 6 p.m. with registration at 5 p.m. It is for children ages 12 years old and under. There will be four categories for dogs and cats, unusual pets. A costume contest has been added this year. The rain location will be under the bridge. More information is available by contacting Marissa McFarland at 676-0162.

(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.)