Time and patience

The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca and Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Seneca have a couple of pups that will require some time and patience on the part of potential adopters.

Bundle of energy



The Venango County Humane Society has an enthusiastic terrier mix Odie up for adoption.

He’s a bundle of energy and will need someone with patience to get him to mind his manners, according to shelter manager Heather Hacherl.

“He is a sweetheart,” she added.

But, he will probably need some obedience training, Hacherl said. He does “sit” and some basic commands.

Hacherl said Odie seems to have a fear of men in hats, but only when he is in his pen at the shelter. She said once Odie is out of his cage, he will come around.

“He’s a fast learner and a hard worker,” the shelter posted on Petfinder.

“Odie is a playful, loving boy who’ll need daily exercise and obedience training,” the post continued.



The shelter also has Bernie – who appeared to not appreciate the snow earlier this winter – and a Merry feline available for adoption.

Bernie, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Lab Retriever mix, is a year-old neutered male. His handsome brindle coat has white on the neck, chest and back paws.

“Bernie is noisy in the kennel, but very cooperative once he’s on a leash. He’s house trained, but he doesn’t like the cold,” the shelter posted on PetFinder.


Bernie on the outside looking in.

“Before his picture session, he was let outside. He came over to the window to let us know it was time for him to come back in.”

Bernie will need a daily walk on leash or a chance to explore in a safe area. He’ll be very happy living indoors with his new family, according to the shelter.



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,” the shelter posted on Petfinder.

‘Paper out’

Earlier this week shelter manager Heather Hacherl said the humane society could use copy paper.

Also high on the supplies needed list is non-clumping cat litter.

A full list of items needed can be found online under the Help and Support tab on the society’s website at venangocountyhumanesociety.org.

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.

Perfect fit



Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin is still looking for a home for canine Novah who has a sock fetish.

Precious Paws foster Leah Anson posted about Novah earlier this week on the group’s Facebook page.

“Novah loves socks, as many as she can find. She’s in heaven when I am doing laundry. All the baskets of socks just for her,” Anson posted. “And she seriously does not chew on them. She loves to show them to you and ‘cares for them,'” Anson continued. “Then after a while, she buries them in the comforter on the bed or uses her nose to shove them down in the couch for later.”

“Novah is still looking for the perfect fit. Could this Sock Monster be for you?” Anson asked.

Meanwhile, Tom Anson posted that Novah had discovered a new “toy” (a paper towel roll) and that she was begging for “belly rubs for her amazing find.”

Novah is available for adoption through Precious Paws. Adoption applications may be downloaded at pparfranklin.com.

Upcoming events

Meanwhile, the rescue has several events planned.

An adopt-a-pet event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, at Tractor Supply in Cranberry. The store’s physical address is 6885 US 322, Franklin.


A Paint, Pour and Purr event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Hatched, 1237 Liberty St., Franklin.

Gail Tefft will lead those attending to help them create amazing masterpieces.

Precious Paws is trying to raise money to sponsor a World Spay Day event at SNYP. The rescue needs to raise $1,500 between now and World Spay Day on Feb. 23. That total covers the entire cost of a clinic that can fix 35 animals, including medical supplies, drugs, consumables, vet techs, veterinarian and advertising.


The rescue is also gearing up for its spring craft show which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Rocky Grove fire hall in Franklin.

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.

Looking for that special someone



Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has Chyna available for adoption.

“This beautiful young adult polydactyl was part of a large colony relocation a few months ago due to an eviction. She’s a funny little girl who loves to be petted and will give you head bumps, but sometimes growls while she does it,” the rescue posted on Facebook.

Chyna is Felv/Fiv negative, spayed and current on vaccines.

“Are you Chyna’s special someone? She is so ready for a loving ‘furever’ home,” the rescue said.

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.

Critical bats


Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisburg recently posted about bats on its Facebook page.

“Bats find their way into buildings … and don’t want to be near us humans any more than humans want to be near them,” the center posted.

“Bats are critical to our environment and are on a huge decline because of white nose syndrome. If you come across a bat in the winter when they should be hibernating … please don’t panic,” the post continued.

People should wear gloves and contain the bat in a box and call your local wildlife rehab for instructions.

The center reminded folks that many centers are not licensed for rabies vector species and they may have to drive a distance to one that does accept bats.

“But it’s worth saving a life. We over winter them for a spring release. They eat hundreds of meal worms a day,” the center posted.

More information about the center may be found online at www.skyes-spirit.com. It can be reached by phone at (814) 786-9677.

Springing up


Clarion PUPS is getting ready for its Easter Extravaganza 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.
Meanwhile, the rescue posted some updated puppy photos.

More information about PUPS is available by calling (814) 764-5580, online at clarionpups.org, on the group’s Facebook page or by emailing clarionpups@gmail.com.

Show some love


Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville is preparing for its Valentine’s Day Raffles.

People have a chance to win a diamond, watch or earrings or be able to treat a loved one to dinner at rbg Clarion located in the Park Inn in Clarion.

The rescue will be at Tractor Supply in Clarion selling baked goods and raffle tickets on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets are also available now from one of its volunteers or at the rescue center during public hours.

Tri-County is located at 9562 Route 322, Shippenville. More information about Tri-County Animal Rescue Center is available on its Facebook page, by calling (814) 918-2032 or emailing contactus@Tricounty-arc.org.

Wildlife First Responder course planned


This Eastern screech owl is being treated at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Saegertown will hold a Wildlife First Responder course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, with a snow date of March 4.

The course will teach people when to intervene and when not to, and how to capture, stabilize and transport injured wildlife. In addition to learning how to respond when encountering wildlife in need, past participants have gone on to become dispatchers, transporters and onsite volunteers.

The course cost is $40 and includes lunch. Registration information is available at www.tamarackwildlife.org, or by calling the center at (814) 763-2574.

At the tail end

*** DukeFest will hold a bake sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Northwest Savings Bank in Franklin during Franklin On Ice.


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