Archives for November 2011

Finding a stray animal

Steps to follow

  1. Assuming this is not an emergency situation, take the animal to a local vet to check for a microchip.
  2. Take pictures of the animal.
  3. Make fliers and hang them where the animal was found and surrounding areas.
  4. Hang them at local vet offices, local businesses, and the nearest shelter.
  5. If you are not near a Shelter call them and give them the information over the phone.
  6. Post the animal on Pets911 Facebook, your Facebook page and email your family, friends and business associates and ask them to do the same.
  7. If you cannot keep the pet until the owner is found, ask family, friends business associates to help.
  8. Take the initiative to find someone who will be open to foster the animal until a permanent home is found.
  9. Call your local Shelter/Rescues to see if there is room available to surrender the animal.
  10. You will have to pay a surrender fee and make a donation to that Shelter/Rescue to help with the cost of caring for this pet until a home is found.

No-kill shelters and rescues

  • Know that we want to help you.
  • We must work together educating, spaying/neutering and safely caring for our pets.
  • It starts with all of us as pet owners to make that change within our circle of family, friends, business associates and our community.


MaggieBeautiful Maggie was left at a kennel by her owners. PCF had her spayed and vaccinations updated. A beautiful one year old coonhound she was at the kennel for several months and in one week we had 3 applications on her. She was adopted to a wonderful home with 2 other dogs and lots of acreage to run.


PCF president Deb Warner received a call about a horse kept in a stall for the past 3 months only being fed and watered every 3-4 days if then! Four phone pictures were sent of a emaciated horse in a stall. Cruelty calls are the hardest part for PCF since Centre County doesn’t have a cruelty officer.  The PSPCA is closing all their branches except Danville and Philadelphia, and are scaling back on their cruelty officer positions. State Police are required by law to enforce Cruelty Law 5511, but many do not have the experience or equipment to handle animals. And if they do confiscate an animal, where do they take it? And who pays for board and veterinary bills? If there is a court case it can take up to 6 months for a trial date.

In the meantime that animal cannot be spayed or neutered and only life threatening illnesses can be treated. So when the call came in for this particular horse, Deb called humane officer Regina Martin of Hog Heaven Rescue for advice. After notifying the local state police and showing them the phone pictures, Deb went to the farm to see the horse for sale.

A 4 year old 16 hand Thoroughbred gelding weighing maybe 800 pounds was offered for sale for $800! The normal weight for a horse this size would be at least 1200 pounds. After asking what the best price the owner would take ($600!) Deb told her that she was with PCF and she had two choices–either surrender the horse to PCF or the state police would be called and she could face cruelty charges. The woman signed the surrender papers and the gelding was taken immediately to a local vet for an exam and documentation. It was thought the young horse was wormy, but a fecal check showed very few worms–he was just not fed!

Justin and JohnsonNow named Justin, he resides at Deb’s rescue farm and is slowly putting weight on. It took a few weeks for him to realize that the food would keep coming and he could relax at supper time! He hangs out with Johnson, a 16.3 Quarter Horse gelding, who was used for hunt seat lessons until a soft tissue injury forced his early retirement.

Timmy and Champ

champtimmyTimmy and Champ were two Maltese who had been used for breeding most of their lives. 9 and 10 years old, their owner was going through a divorce and took the dogs in to be euthanized. The vet notified PCF and both boys were neutered and taken into foster. After baths, grooming and nail clipping, both were found to be little charmers! Adopted to separate homes, Timmy’s didn’t work out and Champ’s family gladly decided to adopt him also!


TobyToby was a 2 year old yorkie mix whose owners couldn’t housebreak. Going on vacation, they left him at a local kennel with instructions to find him a new home. He went into foster where he quickly won everyone’s heart! Housebreaking was an issue, but it was “tootsie rolls”! A family who had just recently lost their yorkie mix took Toby home. The little guy is a constant companion for his new dad who drives truck long distance. He’s been to Florida several times and is a cherished member of the family!


miaMia was purchased at a horse auction very cheaply as she was very underweight and 15 years old. The mini donkey went home in a car with her new owner. At first, it was thought she was pregnant. No baby, but her personality shown through. When her owner couldn’t keep her, PCF was called and she moved to Deb Warner’s farm. There it was discovered she only had one tooth! At feeding time, she would walk up and rub her gums on your rear end until she got her handful of sweet feed. At first intimidated by the big horses, she now has bonded with another rescued donkey, Daisy Duke Smith, at the farm.

Ice Tea

iced teaIce Tea was at the shelter forever!  A young, completely white cat who talked to everyone that  walked by his cage. Unfortunately, his left eye was always weepy and people were afraid he was sickly.  PCF President Deb Warner felt he needed out of his cage so off to the vet to be neutered, have his eye checked and then home with her.  Husband Rick recently commented that Ice Tea wasn’t talking as much any more. Deb commented “That’s because he knows he’s home!”


sugarSugar was your typical beagle, tied outside most of her life until her owners grew tired of her.  Never spayed, she was dumped at a local kennel. PCF made arrangements to have her spayed and vaccinated and discover she was just about the sweetest lovebug!  Six years old, she went home to live with PCF volunteer Marie Ritchey and enjoys life on a couch now!



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Max was a tiny Maltese mix found along a country road by local police. Taken to a local kennel, PCF was called. Max needed neutered, vaccinated and had to have 9 teeth removed! He was moved to a foster home to recover and was then adopted and now lives with his best friend, Munchkin, another rescued tiny Maltese mix.

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