Who, who is hurting?

Both wildlife rehabilitation centers in the region are treating sick or injured owls and several animal rescues and shelters have adoptable animals.

Took a slight detour

Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Saegertown is treating a visitor from the far north.

“A stunning snowy owl is in treatment. While most Snowy’s coming south at this time are healthy and have good weight, this young male was starving and his condition is guarded,” the center posted on its Facebook page.


Snowy owl being treated at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Saegertown.

The owl was found along a road near Cambridge Springs unable to fly, according to the center.

Sadly, despite the center’s efforts, the owl passed away, according to an updated posted Thursday on the center’s Facebook page.

“We are sad to share that the Snowy Owl admitted Monday was not able to survive. He had stage III emaciation in which the body is metabolizing muscle and internal organs. It is not known why he was in such poor condition as most Snowy Owls coming into our area from the Arctic are in good body condition. They can have problems if they eat mice or rats that have been poisoned, or if they are hit by cars, but there were not signs of these issues. Sadly, the damage for this bird was too great. It was a privilege to treat this stunning visitor from the Arctic. His gaze seemed to see into your soul,” the post said.

Earlier this week, the center posted some advice for observing the white owls … at a distance.

The center said “it is common for snowy owls to seek open areas to sit during the day and become more active at night. This resembles the tundra they are accustomed to. It is important not to approach, since this can cause them to fly and use up critical food stores.”

The center is located at 21601 Stull Road in Saegertown.

Meanwhile, people may celebrate the season and meet the center’s ambassador raptors and volunteers at two events.

The center will be at TREC the Halls at Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. There will be educational displays, activities and five live raptors.

The center will also be at the Erie Winter Vendor Show to benefit Tamarack, at 5310 W. Lake Road in Erie, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. There will be vendors and several of the center’s ambassador owls.

More information is available by calling the center at (814) 763-2574.

Celebrating and caring

Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville had a busy week this week.

It celebrated executive director Maryjane Angelo’s birthday and took in an injured screech owl for treatment.


Screech owl being treated at Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville.

A post on the center’s Facebook page suggested giving donations in honor of Angelo’s birthday.

“Her wish is that wildlife doesn’t hurt and stays safe …,” the post said.

The center has a donation match underway.

To show support, make a contribution at fundrazr.com.

Donation can also be made to SSWRC, 889 Farren Surrena Road, Harrisville, PA 16038.

Donations must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to count.

Meanwhile, the center was working to help a tiny owl.

“We received this screech owl from the Knox area after the finders saw it in the road. He’s got severe head trauma from being hit by a car and bruising but thankfully nothing is broken. He’s on pain and anti inflammatory meds and should be OK in time,” the center posted on Facebook.

Donations toward the owl’s care can be made through the center’s website at www.skyes-spirit.com.

Holding the line

Precious Paws foster Clara Lackey has been busy training cats River and Brady to walk on leashes. River and Brady are available for adoption through Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin.



In a Facebook post, Lackey said she has to wrestle with Brady (black and white) to get the leash and vest on, but that “River is ready to go.”

She also said that both boys love being held.



The boys are fully vetted, neutered and have tested negative for feline leukemia.
Adoption applications can be found on the group’s website at www.pparfranklin.com.

More information is available by contacting the rescue at (814) 671-9827 and on the Precious Paws Facebook page or website.

It’s all in black and white

The Venango County Humane Society in Seneca has Butch available for adoption.
Butch, a domestic short hair, is a 9-month-old neutered male. He has a broad head that tapers into a modified wedge, yellow eyes and long white whiskers.



“His coat is a wonderful patch work of black and white. Butch is easy going and loves to play with the toys in the cat room,” the shelter said in a PetFinder listing.

The humane society also has a giving tree located at the Franklin Tru-Value Hardware store. Stop in and choose a tag.


Humane society giving tree

“Our dogs and cats love Christmas, too,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

The shelter’s hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

The humane society is located at 286 S. Main St. in Seneca. More information on the Venango County Humane Society is available by calling (814) 677-4040.

Mr. Right

Looking for Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome? Well, Tri-County Animal Rescue in Shippenville has you covered with the dark and handsome part. Feline Climber is available for adoption.


The rescue is also hosting a Christmas event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Tractor Supply in Clarion. The event will feature baked goods, raffles and photos for $5 for a CD.

Tri-County is located at 9562 Route 322 in 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.

Confused cats need home

Clarion PAWS in Shippenville is desperately seeking a home for two cats that were returned to the shelter.


Jackson and Snowball

“Jackson, brown tabby, and Snowball, Siamese mix, got returned to us today. They have been in a home together since 2014 when they were adopted as kittens. The owner became allergic and could no longer keep them. They are very sweet but confused to what is going on. They have also been declawed. If you or anyone you know is thinking of adding to their family please share these two,” the shelter said in a Facebook post.

Clarion PAWS is located at 11348 Route 322 in 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 at www.clarionpaws.org, the group’s Facebook page or by calling (814) 229-1231.

Safehaven seniors

Safehaven Small Breed Rescue in Tionesta posted earlier this week about its Sponsor a Senior program.

“Your $18 monthly donation provides nutritious food, flea and heartworm prevention, and special treats for these old but not forgotten ones. You may cancel at any time,” the rescue posted.

More information can be found at safehavensmallbreedrescue.org.

Safehaven Small Breed Rescue is located at 318 Barber Drive in Tionesta. It can be reached by phone at (814) 463-5004 or email at safehavensbr@gmail.com.

More information about the rescue is available on its website at www.safehavensmallbreedrescue.org or on its Facebook page.

Clarion County dog licenses available Dec. 1

Clarion County dog licenses for 2018 will be available for purchase at the county treasurer’s office starting today.

Dog licenses must be purchased by Monday, Jan. 1, for dogs 3 months old and older.
Licenses can be purchased at the county treasurer’s office, in person or by mail.

The application can be downloaded from the treasurer’s page on the county website at www.co.clarion.pa.us.

Licenses also can be purchased by sending a renewal card or completed application with check or money order to Tom McConnell, treasurer, at 330 Main St., Room 110, Clarion, PA, 16214.

Purchases can also be made at www.padoglicense.com by choosing Clarion County and paying with a credit or debit card. There is a $2 fee for this service.

Additionally, licenses can be purchased at:
RMS Furniture, New Bethlehem
Sligo Rec Center, Sligo
Lander’s Store, Lucinda
Knox Country Farm Supply Inc., Knox
Steiner’s Outdoors & More, East Brady
Rocky Acres Kennel, Clarion
Tri County Pet Rescue, Shippenville
Fryburg Old Treasure Depot, Fryburg
Doggie Bole, Rimersburg
Strattanville Borough Office, Strattanville

Prices are $8.50 for male or female, $6.50 for neutered or spayed, and there is a $2 discount for senior citizens and disabled applicants. There are also lifetime licenses available at the treasurer’s office only.

For more information, call (814) 226-1113 or email tjmcconnell@co.clarion.pa.us or call the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement at (717) 787-3062.

Lovable lab mixes


Clarion PUPS in Strattanville has lab mixes Que and Harriet available for adoption. They are both 6-month-old females.


More information about PUPS is available by calling (814) 764-5580, or visiting www.clarionpups.com or its Facebook page.


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.