Staying PAWSitive

A Clarion PAWS Facebook post details the rescue’s plight. The Venango County Humane Society welcomes a new executive director. Clarion PUPS, Precious Paws Animal Rescue and Tri-County Animal Rescue Center have some awesome adoptables available.

Can’t versus won’t

“‘PAWS won’t help,’ …. Here at PAWS we like to stay positive, we try to post our wonderful residents that patiently wait for a real home. But hearing that people are saying we won’t help is hurtful,” the Shippenville shelter posted on its Facebook page.

“We are five volunteer board members, each responsible for cleaning at least one day per week (some do multiple) and a handful of volunteers. If no volunteers come on your shift, the board member still does all the cleaning, sometimes spending four plus hours doing it because we care!” the shelter posted.

“We are so blessed to have supporters that respond to our Facebook pleas to get the food, litter and supplies we need to stay open. We board members try to do fundraisers and events to raise vet money and funds to pay our overhead at the shelter but we are struggling,” the post continued.

“We have always taken ‘just one more’ because it breaks our hearts to know that a kitty is out there in need, but this summer we were swamped, unable to give the attention to each of our residents and not having nearly enough volunteers to help us,” the rescue said.


“We were at almost 100 residents … something had to give so we’ve been making a diligent effort to decrease our population. It is not easy to listen to caller after caller, some with terribly sad situations and some that would frustrate the most patient person but when we can’t take a cat or litter we always offer spay or neuter surgeries even if they can’t pay,” the post continued.

“Please know we are doing as much as we can and it is never a case of WON’T HELP it is always a case of CAN’T HELP,” the post said.

“Purrs of thanks for your support, we value and depend on it. Help us help them by supporting our current fundraisers detailed in the pictures, we really need your help,” the shelter said.

Who doesn’t need a nap?

Meanwhile, the shelter also posted about Sydney.



“Sydney is an older girl who had to lose some of her teeth. She has quite the playful personality. She was named Sydney during the Stanley Cup playoffs last year. This silly girl loves to play when she isn’t showing off to get attention. Her age does catch up with her sometimes so she does cat nap most of the day,” the post continued.

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.

Venango County Humane Society director named

Traci Moore was hired to be the executive director of the Venango County Humane Society in October. She introduced herself in a post on the shelter’s Facebook page.


Traci Moore

“I am very pleased to accept this position and support our mission to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote public animal care education and awareness. I live in Titusville, and have a black lab, Baylee, and a yorkie named Squirt. I enjoy camping, working in my flower gardens, traveling and my children,” Moore posted. “We are always in need of volunteers. Some opportunities available include our Thrift Store, fundraising, special events, shelter cleaning and socializing, along with many other things.”

To become a volunteer, contact the shelter at (814) 677-4040.

“I am looking forward to working together to make a lasting impact for the animals in our community. Thank you for all you do to make a difference in these animals lives,” she posted.

More of a schemer

Meanwhile, the Seneca shelter has feline Screamer available for adoption.

Screamer, a Domestic Short Hair, is a 2-month-old male. He’s an orange tiger with yellow eyes.



“This youngster is very talkative and playful, more of a schemer than screamer,” the shelter said in a Petfinder listing.

It is also obvious from the blurry pictures that Screamer is very active.

“This cuddly playmate can be yours if you qualify as a responsible pet owner at the Humane Society,” the shelter said.

The shelter’s hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 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.

Staying together

Clarion PUPS in Strattanville has two poodle/shih tzu mixes who need a home.
Bubby and Daisy are 14 weeks old and are brother and sister. The rescue posted it would prefer the pups stay together.


The rescue also posted about a need from the ANNA Shelter in Erie on its Facebook page.

“The ANNA Shelter in Erie has taken on a HUGE project assisting with the vetting and adopting out some 91 dogs that came from an elderly owner’s home,” the post said. “Because of all of the animals from Clarion County they have taken in for us we would like to take them a PUPS truck full of supplies.”

Needed items include:


Those who wish to donate may place items in the back of the PUPS truck located at 370 S. Fifth Ave.

“As soon as we have a full load we will run the items up to Erie,” the rescue posted.

The rescue is also planning its Christmas Extravaganza event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Park Inn by Radisson Clarion, at 45 Holiday Inn Road, Clarion. This dog-friendly event will feature many vendors and a Chinese auction. Pictures with Santa will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

More information about PUPS is available by calling (814) 764-5580, visiting and on its Facebook page.

Time to warm up

Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville has Australian shepherd/beagle mix Kelly available for adoption.



“When it comes to relationships, Kelly … is much more of a slow cooker than a microwave,” the rescue said in a post on its website.

“Kelly warms up, given some time, and will stick beside you, chattering away in her little dog chortling noises, looking up at you now and then to make sure you are listening to her story. Kelly seems to especially enjoy the company of children who are soft and kind,” the center said.

“Kelly is hoping for a home with a gentle, loving human who understands the courage it takes for a shy dog to come out of her shell, and soon enough, Kelly will blossom into the carefree, fun loving dog she’s ready to become. This sweet little angel is definitely worth the effort. From Kelly’s perspective it might also help if there were some ducks or geese around in need of a little herding,” the center said.


Christmas event planned

Tri-County Animal Rescue Center in Shippenville will host 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, Shippenville.

More information about Tri-County Animal Rescue Center is available on its Facebook page, by calling (814) 918-2032 or emailing

Calm kitty would like calm home

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin has Preston available for adoption.



“Precious Preston is looking for his forever home. He’s a calm, gentle kitten that would prefer a laid back home without kids or rambunctious cats or dogs. Calm pet friends are okay. Preston has the softest coat and he loves to snuggle,” the rescue said in a Facebook post.

Theresa Weldon also posted about three kitties in need of a home.

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“These kitties are looking for new homes as their owner is suffering from cancer that I mentioned last week,” Weldon said. “The two calico sisters are one year old and spayed. The black and white is six months old and fixed. They are current on shots. Let’s help perform a final act of kindness to this sweet older woman.”

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

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