Archives for May 2012


It’s been almost a month since I adopted Gretchen who is now Penny and it has been three weeks since her amputation. She is one of the happiest pups I have ever met, and she just melts the hearts of everyone she meets, as you all know very well! I couldn’t be happier with my decision to adopt her!! One of the pictures is of us at the Dog Jog!  Thank you PCF!


A Domestic Shorthair/Mix: An adoptable cat in State College, PA [Read more…]


Tux is doing great and has been the perfect fit to our family! He is growing strong and healthy, out of that underweight skinny body of less than 14 pounds when we had got him. He’s now 6 months and about 50 pounds! Doc says his weight and build are perfect for that boxer body he has. He is sooo loving, a definite snuggler! From day 1, he has always wanted to be on our laps if he had the chance. He is much bigger now but still grabs that moment to lay on you if he catches you sitting on the floor. He is absolutely great with the kids and they love him sooo much!

Thank you for helping us find Tux!

~ The Bowermaster Family

Centre County Gazette 4th Annual Dog Jog

Fourth Annual Dog Jog to Benefit Pets Come First/The New SPCA
by Karen Dabney

CENTRE HALL–The fourth annual Dog Jog and Pet Fair on Saturday, April 28 at the Grange Fairgrounds offers canines and their humans a fun way to help Pets Come First/The New SPCA. Proceeds from the fundraiser will finance Pets Come First’s mission to help abandoned and surrendered pets find new homes, support their spay/neuter program for feral cats, and help them run the former Pennsylvania SPCA animal shelter in Centre Hall.  

“We think that with the publicity we’re getting this year, it will be bigger and better than last year,” said Dar Bellissimo, a Pets Come First board member. She and fellow board members Nicole DeFazio and Cathy O’Connell are the organizers of this year’s Dog Jog. 

Bellissimo said that last year, 249 runners and 163 dogs participated in the the Dog Jog, along with many sponsors, vendors, and pet rescues. The event raised over $15,500, and was Pets Come First’s  largest fundraiser.  

Registration for the 2012 Dog Jog will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. 5K race  and for the 11 a.m. 1.5K walk/fun run. Racers can register on the day of the event.  

The first 150 registrants will receive a T-shirt and bandanna. Prizes will be given to the top three male and female dogs and their humans. The Dog Jog will be held rain or shine.  

Racers and walkers without dogs are also welcome. The registration fee of $30 per runner and $25 per walker will be waived for those who collect $60 or more in pledges. Everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Bellissimo said there is a limit of one dog per handler, and all dog owners must show proof of the dog’s rabies vaccination with a rabies tag or certificate. This also applies to visitors who are not running or walking in the Dog Jog. To ensure a safe event, she said that all dogs must be on a leash. Flex leads and nose to nose contact between dogs are not permitted. The dogs should not be aggressive or in heat.  

In addition to the race and walk, the Dog Jog will offer a Pet Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with local animal rescue organizations, animal resources and vendors, a pet photographer, refreshments, and a silent auction. Pets Come First and the other rescues will have some adoptable animals available at the fair for people to meet.

Bellissimo said it is a good opportunity to interact with a potential new pet. “You can see how your dog interacts with the adoptable dogs.”

Pets Come First took over the management and operation of the SPCA Centre Hall shelter in January 2012. Deb Warner, president of the all-volunteer organization, said they need to raise $250,000 per year to run the shelter.  

“There’s a whole different energy at the shelter when you walk in,” Bellissimo said. “The animals are exhausted by 4 p.m. because they’re getting so much one on one attention and socialization. People are there for the animals, and the animals know it.” 

Bellissimo said 131 dogs and cats were adopted from the shelter from January through March 2012. They also held two cat clinics in which 78 feral cats were spayed or neutered.

“We encourage everyone to come out to the Dog Jog and have fun, and support us making a difference one animal at a time,” Bellissimo said. “The local donations are helping local animals.”  

Top Dog Sponsors include Linda Jabco of Jabco Maggi Motors, the Harley Davidson Store, Straley’s Veterinary Associates,  Pawsitively Pets Magazine,  Metzger Animal Hospital, M and M Copy Service, and Nittany Valley Offset. 

The Pets Come First Adoption Center is located at 2451 General Potter Highway (Route 322) in Centre Hall. For more information about the Dog Jog or Pets Come First, visit or call the Adoption Center at 814-364-1725.   

Pet Fair Vendors and Animal Rescues at the Dog Jog
Animal Welfare Council of the Alleghenies
Animal Communicator Jamie Isenburg
April’s Alpha Art
CCC Photography
Center County Memorial
Centre County PAWS
Centre Wildlife Care
Clinton County SPCA
Collar Creations
D-Stress Station
Hundred Cat Foundation
Jamberry Nails
Kiwanis Club
Metzger Animal Hospital
Mifflin Co. & Juniata Co. Pet Pantry
Nature’s Pantry
Nittany Beagle Rescue
Nittany Greyhounds
Origami Owl
Pampered Chef
Pawsitively Pets Magazine/Your Perfect Fit
Pet Pit Stop
Pets Come First
Red Line Speed Shine
Silpada Jewelry
SPCA Humane Officer
Tastefully Simple
Terry’s Tails
Thirty One
Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue
Trina Bauer Photography

April 2012

Since opening our doors on January 5, 2012 –During the 16 open days of April at the adoption center, we have adopted 11 cats,  25 dogs, 1 rabbit, 1 bird, and 1 pig to their new forever homes.  That is 39 new animals that have a place to call home.  THANK YOU to all our volunteers who are making significant changes in our community.


Miniature Poodle/Purebred: An adoptable dog in State College, PA [Read more…]

Race Results 2012

dog jog
Prizes and special awards were given to the top three male and  female runners, the top three men masters and women masters, the first rescue, veteran, small, medium, and large dogs.

The walkers and their furry friends who participated, were part of a drawing where over 50 gifts and prizes were given away.  Before and after the race, everyone enjoyed a pet fair, silent auction, food vendors, and what turned out to be a warm, sunny day. Pets Come First appreciates your continued support!

Runners Only/No Dogs Runner Name No Dog Time
1st Female Georganne Watson N/A ’19:35
2nd Female Tara Murray N/A ’20:45
3rd Female Emma Federinko N/A ’23:26
1st Male Alan Effrig N/A ’19:07
2nd Male Adam Wetzel N/A ’19:13
3rd Male Scott Roycroft N/A ’19:40
Masters Only/No Dogs Runner Name Time
1st Female Master (40+) Lynda Federinko N/A ’23:59
2nd Female Master (40+) Danelle Del Corso N/A ’27:31
3rd Female Master (40+) Kathy Carra N/A ’27:43
1st Male Master (40+) Rich Harter N/A ’21:18
2nd Male Master (40+) Earl Lake N/A ’22:29
3rd Male (40+) Andrew Hitchings N/A ’22:33
Dogs with Runners Runner Name Dog Name Time
1st Dog/Female Owner Georgann Watson Jasper ’19:35
2nd Dog/Female Owner Tara Murray Maverick ’20:43
3rd Dog/Female Owner Lynda Federinko Kirby ’23:59
1st Dog/Male Owner Adam Wetzel Roxy ’19:13
2nd Dog/Male Owner Scott Roycroft Lily ’19:40
3rd Dog/Male Owner Aaron Patterson Stella ’20:29
Rescue Dogs Runner Name Dog Name Time
1st Rescue Dog/ Female Owner Megan Eargle Bo ’26:40
1st Rescue Dog/Male Owner Andy Rose Darby ’22:36
Veteran Dogs w Runner Name Dog Name Time
1st Veteran Dog/Female Owner
1st Veteran Dog /Male Owner Andrew Hitchings Dingo ’22:33
Small/Medium/Large Dogs Runner Name Dog Name Time
1st Small Dog/Female Owner Stacy Parks Miller Ace the Wonder Dog ’59:14
1st Small Dog/Male Owner Tim Bracken ’22:51
1st Medium Dog/Female Owner Maggie Muir Zoe ’25:50
1st Medium Dog /Male Owner Todd Runk Katie ’20:55
1st Large Dog/Female Owner Veronica Ciavarella Nilla ’24:22
1st Large Dog/Male Owner Gary Shetler Potter ’23:01
Back of the Pack Runner Name Dog Name Time
Last Dog/Owner Nick Redwing Amy ’59:59

Dog Jog Results 2012

Thank you to the 157 furry friends and their 252 human participants, who grabbed their sneakers, along with the Sponsors, Rescue/Vendors and Volunteers, who made The Fourth Annual Dog Jog 5K a reality!

This years’ Dog Jog once again was a BIG SUCCESS! It is because of all of you who hold a special place in your heart for the animals who are both a part of your families and for those who deserve the opportunity to have a loving home. We could not do it without you! [Read more…]

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January 2012 Grand Opening