Questionable pasts and bright futures

Local animal rescues and shelters have many animals waiting for homes. Two rabies clinics have also been scheduled for this month, along with spay and neuter clinics.

You’ve come a long way…

Clarion PAWS in Shippenville has Steffie available for adoption.



“Steffie came to us missing a lot of her fur and underweight. Once she started to gain weight we were able to get her all checked out and spayed,” the rescue posted on its Facebook page. “We aren’t quite sure what she has been through, but she is a quiet girl. She enjoys soaking up the sun and watching her roommates play. Now that she is healthy she is also a very beautiful long haired tabby.”

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 at, the group’s Facebook page or by calling (814) 229-1231.

Active chap

Tri-County Animal Rescue in Shippenville has Biggie available for adoption.



Biggie is an approximately 7-year-old, male Jack Russell terrier that initially came to Tri-County as a stray.

“He is active and playful and apparently enjoys car rides. He is already neutered, up to date on shots and will be vet checked before being adopted,” the shelter said in a listing on its website.

Biggie is new to the center. Contact Tri-County Animal Rescue Center for more information on Biggie.

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

Spay and neuter clinic dates set

Tri-County has also announced the dates of its spay/neuter clinics for 2018. The spay/neuter surgeries are done though Allegheny Spay/Neuter Clinic in Woodland, Clearfield County,

The costs are:
Cats – males $55, females $65
Dogs – males $95, females $105

The rabies vaccine is included with all surgeries and pain medication is provided or a long-lasting injection is given.

Additional vaccines are available at a nominal additional cost:

  • Feline FVRCP (distemper) – $12
  • Feliine Leukemia TEST – $30
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine – $20
  • Feline Ear mites or Intestinal Parasite Treatment – $5 each
  • Tapeworm – $10
  • E-collar – $12
  • Microchip  – $30
  • Canine DHLPP (distemper, parvo etv) – $15
  • Canine  Lyme Vaccine – $23
  • Canine  Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – $15
  • Canine ear Mites or Intestinal Parasites – $5 each
  • Tapeworms – 0-20 pounds $10,  21-50 pounds $20 and 51+ pounds $30
  • E-collar – $12
  • Microchip – $30

On the day of the clinic, at 6 a.m., pets can be brought to Tri-County Animal Rescue Center, 9562 Route 322, Shippenville, or transported directly to Allegheny Spay/Neuter, if that is closer or more convenient. The animals are then transported to the clinic, have surgery and arrive back at Tri-County rescue center at approximately 2 or 3 p.m. to be picked up. All cats are required to be in a sturdy carrier. Dogs must be on a solid collar and leash and will be put in a crate on the van for transport.

The center can send unlimited male cats, but all others are limited.

People must send their payment along with the application. Slots are filled in order of paid applications received.

The dates for 2018 are: March 8, April 5, May 10, May 24 – dogs only, June 7, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 4 and Nov. 8.

The application can be found at

Tri-County also has a program in partnership with Clarion Animal Hospital for low-income pet owners. Applications for this program are available by stopping the center or calling to have one mailed at (814) 918-2032.

Calming kitty

Venango County Humane Society has Dolly available for adoption.



Dolly, a domestic short hair, is a year-old female. She has a broad head, wide green eyes and a dab of black under her pink nose. Her soft black and white coat is in excellent condition.

“This friendly, affectionate girl loves to be petted. Dolly will be a calming influence in your busy life,” the shelter said in a Petfinder listing.

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., Seneca. More information on the Venango County Humane Society is available by calling (814) 677-4040.

Precious Paws schedules rabies clinic

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin will hold a rabies clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at its SNYP Clinic, 720 Atlantic Ave., Franklin.


The cost is $10 for a one-year vaccine and $15 for a three-year vaccine. Owners must have proof of prior vaccine for the three-year shot. Dr. Rainy L. Waitz will be administering the vaccines.

Other services will be offered for additional costs, including other vaccines – dhlpp, fvrcp, Lyme and feline leukemia – and microchipping. Seresto flea and tick collars and dog licenses will be available for purchase.

There is an inside waiting area and no appointments are needed. Cash or credit cards payments will be received. No checks will be accepted.

Dog licenses for sale; rabies clinic slated

Venango County treasurer Deborah Sharpe and her staff will issue Venango County dog licenses and sportsman firearm permits from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Oakland fire hall.

A rabies clinic will be held at the same time by Franklin Animal Clinic. The price of a rabies shot is $15.

Additional information is available by calling (814) 432-9521.

Cat clinic

Regina Martin, with Hog Heaven Rescue Farm, posted on the group’s Facebook page about a low-cost cat clinic scheduled for Jan. 15.

“I have six spots left. $65 includes exam, pain meds, spay/neuter and rabies. Females must have an e-collar $5. Cats MUST be here at 2681 Mallory Road, Cochranton, 16314, no later than 6:30 a.m. as I transport them to Pittsburgh … Return at 6:30 p.m.,” she posted.

To be placed on the schedule, call (814) 425-1850.

Martin also posted about a feral package, including ear tip, exam, pain meds, spay/neuter, rabies, FVRCP, deworming and flea treatment for $45.

However, she posted, “but with the frigid temperature, I would wait until my next clinic as they do shave the bellies … next clinic date will be posted when I get it.”

Watch for wildlife

Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville is treating an injured cottontail rabbit.


A cottontail being treated at Skye’s Spirit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville.

“This poor young cottontail is suffering from head trauma from being hit by a car. The rescuer found it under her car after the huge snowstorms in Erie and brought it all the way down to us for help (the rescuer was not the one to hit it),” the center posted on its Facebook page.

“Heavy snows make it hard for wildlife to get around, so they end up in roads and under cars where they can move some and find shelter,” the post continued.

Donation towards the rabbit’s and other animals’ care can be made by visiting

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