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.
A post on the group’s Facebook page said the center could use some help.
“Spring means litter after litter of unwanted kittens but there is an easy solution – SPAY & NEUTER,” the group said.
“To help stop the br
eeding we host low cost spay and neuter clinics, unfortunately the majority of the people needing our help are caring for large
colonies or stray cats and can’t afford to pay for
the surgeries,” the post said.
“We are struggling to pay the vet for those who can’t and cover our expenses caring for the 50 to 60 residents at the PAWS house waiting for their forever homes. We must alter the cats, if we don’t there will be even more homeless pets needing our help,” the group said.
Donations to the spay and neuter fund can be made at www.gofundme.com/
Go cuckoo for Coco Puff
Coco Puff, a domestic medium hair, is a 2-year-old spayed calico. She has a broad head that tapers into a modified wedge, bright green eyes and large upright ears. Her vibrant orange and black coat has white markings on the neck, chest and paws. Coco Puff is quiet, mild-mannered and curious. She’s not good with small kids under 7 years of age. This green-eyed girl is looking for a place to call home at the Venango County Humane Society.
The humane society is located at 286 S. Main St. in Seneca. It is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays.
More information is available by calling (814) 677-4040 or online at venangocountyhumanesociety.org
Dogs for Dogs
A Dogs for Dogs event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Venango County Humane Society in Seneca.
The event is sponsored by the Veterans Club of Venango College and The Medical Imaging Club.
Those attending can take an item on the donation list and receive a free hot dog and other goodies.
The donation list includes:
- Wal-Mart gift cards for purchase of items as needed
- Towels and blankets
- Plastic toys and treats
- Paper towels, bleach or laundry detergent
- Tall kitchen and 33 gallon garbage bags
- Collars or leashes of all sizes
- Non-clumping cat litter
Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen?
The event includes a bake sale, raffle baskets, 50-50 drawing, pet photos and more. The event benefits Precious Paws’ Spay and Neuter Clinic. More information is available by calling 671-9827 or on the group’s Facebook page.
Also at the Vendor Craft Day, Randy Locke and Mary Housholder will be doing AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing for a $10 donation to Precious Paws.
Dogs do not need to be purebred to participate.
Participants can see if their dog has what it takes to be a good citizen.
Those interested in therapy dog work or just proving that their dog has good manners may come out an have their dog take the test.
Who can test? — All dogs, including purebred and mixed breeds. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary vaccines. There is no age limit.
What you need to bring? — Proof of Rabies vaccines. A brush or comb. A flat buckled collar — prongs or chokes are not permitted. Your dog on a leash.
What are they looking for —10 skills of well mannered dogs
- Accepting a friendly stranger
- Sitting politely for petting
- Appearance and grooming
- Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
- Walking through a crowd
- Sit and down on command and staying in place
- Coming when called
- Reaction to another dog
- Reaction to distraction
- Leaving your dog with another person and behaving while you are out of sight for 3 minutes
Grab your dog and hit the hay
Barn Hunt Trials were held March 19-20 at Claddagh Glen, 720 Atlantic Ave. in Franklin.
Just what exactly are Barn Hunt trials. Information from the French Creek Barn Hunt Association explains.
“Barn Hunt is based on the hunting and teamwork skills historically used by rat catchers and their dogs who traveled the country side ridding farms of vermin, thus helping to conserve and preserve food grains and protect inhabitants from disease. Rat catchers used a variety of terriers and go-to-ground breeds (small dogs bred to go under the earth after prey), but also non go-to-ground breeds such as Manchesters, Schnauzers, Pinschers, and a
variety of other breeds and mixes. These working dogs and breeds have never had an officially licensed test which truly simulates their traditional task. The sport of Barn Hunt fills that role. ”
“The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a “barn-like’ setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog’s path. Barn Hunt events may be held indoors or outdoors. An actual barn is not required to hold a Barn Hunt Event. Any breed or mix of dog 6 months of age or older who can fit through and 18″ wide by bale-height tall (approximately 20-22″) tunnel constructed of straw/hay bales is eligible to enter a Barn Hunt trial. The sport tests speed, agility, hunt drive, scenting ability, surefootedness, and control and responsiveness to handler direction. While Barn Hunt has roots and origins as a way to test working drives in dogs bred to hunt vermin, Barn Hunt is for any dog and handler who wish to play the game, including large dogs, pet dogs, altered dogs, and dogs of breeds or mixes.
Barn Hunt is a sporting event, and as such there are levels of difficulty, placements, titles, and championships. The dog’s ability to hunt and handler’s ability to read the dog’s signal so that they work as a team are tested.”
The association offers practice sessions and run throughs. Cost is $5 for introduction to the rat and $5 for run throughs for all levels.
Fun tests are licensed by the BHA and run like a trial. Pre-registration is suggested and the cost is $5 per run.
The association also holds licensed BHA trials. Instinct is $15 — optional class and Novice, Open, Senior and Masters is $20 for each run — regular classes.
Precious Paws and the Dukefest team served paninis and hot soup during the March 19-20 trials. The food sales were a fundraiser for both groups.
The next trials will be held April 16-17 and May 14-15.
More information about the French Creek Barn Hunt Association is available by calling (814) 758-1457 or online at www.claddaghglen.com.
(All About Animals is a weekly blog that appears on VenangoExtra.com and ClarionExtra.com. Interested persons or groups can submit information to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the blog is available by contacting Anna Applegate at 814-677-8364.)