Luv’n a Pittie Program!

Come join us for our LAP (Luv’n a Pittie) Program!  Learn Dog Training tips from a licensed Dog Trainer, and help our dogs at the shelter learn some basic training and commands.  Training will occur every Sunday at 2pm, and we ask that you come in 1 other day during the week to practice with the dogs.  We will spend time with all of the dogs – but focus will be on the Pittie’s to help them be more socialized and trained as they find their new home.

 

Spay & Neuter Vouchers!

 

Spay & Neuter Vouchers can now be purchased online – CLICK HERE to purchase!

 

Voucher Poster

 

We have moved to a voucher system.  You can purchase the discounted voucher from Pets Come First, and then schedule your appointment directly with the clinic.  This will make the process more efficient, and help get your appointment scheduled faster!

 

Spay & neuter is a very important cause to Pets Come First and the community, because it is the only true way to combat the root cause of pet overpopulation.  Unfortunately adoptions alone cannot solve the problem.  Please encourage your friends and families to have their pets spayed and neutered!

Wine Tasting 2016

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE 2016 WINE TASTING EVENT!  We will be back again next year!!

 

Join us for the 2016 Take the Back Road Wine Tasting event on Saturday, May 14 5pm – 8pm.

The event this year will be OUTSIDE to allow us to spread out and enjoy the spring weather! Please bring a chair to relax and take in the music by Jason Thomas.  All proceeds go directly to Pets Come First, including funds raised during the Silent Auction.  Tickets are $25 per individual person, and $40 per pair!

Tickets and Wine will be sold at the event!  We hope to see you there!

 

2016 Wine Poster

 

Happy Tails

These are some of the Happy Tails that we have received in the past month! Notes from the owners are listed in the comments for the pictures. We love seeing how well everyone is doing, so feel free to share your story!

Teddy Bear wishes all his feline, canine and human friends at Pets Come First a Happy Easter...

Teddy Bear wishes all his feline, canine and human friends at Pets Come First a Happy Easter…

Loving every minute! She's very much a part of the family. We love her! Sweetie

Loving every minute! She’s very much a part of the family. We love her! Sweetie

Here is Scarlett the boxer, we rescued her in Sept of 2015, she was very tiny and is still pretty tiny. She is wonderful with the kids, a little spiteful and now likes to shimmy under our fenced in yard if she hears us out front, so our beautiful fence is now lined with chicken wire!! We love her and couldn't ask for a sweeter buddy for our other boxer Bryn, our babies and us!! Thank you!

Here is Scarlett the boxer, we rescued her in Sept of 2015, she was very tiny and is still pretty tiny. She is wonderful with the kids, a little spiteful and now likes to shimmy under our fenced in yard if she hears us out front, so our beautiful fence is now lined with chicken wire!! We love her and couldn’t ask for a sweeter buddy for our other boxer Bryn, our babies and us!! Thank you!

Mama Rosie taking a rest...

Mama Rosie taking a rest…

Petey is loving life!

Petey is loving life!

Paul (right) has made himself right at home on his first day. In love already 😻❤

Paul (right) has made himself right at home on his first day. In love already 😻❤

Nellie 2

1 year ago today, I brought home this 7yo bundle of joy named Nellie, with no idea what I was in for. She was terrified of everything & everyone. She spent the first few weeks cowering, her tail wrapped around her hind leg. She had never been inside a home, let alone house-trained. I could barely get her around the block on a leash. She was never socialized and didn't know how to interact with people or other dogs. We still have a long way to go, but she's made a ton of progress since then. She mastered house-training a while ago and now lounges freely in her castle all day. She walks beautifully on her leash 4 miles a day, 98% of the time (1% randomly lunging at car tires, 1% stopping in the middle of the street and refusing to budge when she's had enough). She grows more and more confident, approaching and sniffing curious new things (rather than fleeing), and enjoys meeting new people - even letting most of them pet her. She's gained weight and no longer devours all food within reach. She rides in the car, loves going hiking in the mountain, and even visits the nursing home. I'm so glad I stopped by Pets Come First that day - when I didn't even realize I wanted a second dog! lol Nellie cracks me up, and reminds me every day to appreciate & enjoy the little things in life when she forgets that we're on a walk or that she came outside to pee and randomly stops, drops, and just rolls in the grass. Thank you, Pets Come First!!

1 year ago today, I brought home this 7yo bundle of joy named Nellie, with no idea what I was in for. She was terrified of everything & everyone. She spent the first few weeks cowering, her tail wrapped around her hind leg. She had never been inside a home, let alone house-trained. I could barely get her around the block on a leash. She was never socialized and didn’t know how to interact with people or other dogs.
We still have a long way to go, but she’s made a ton of progress since then. She mastered house-training a while ago and now lounges freely in her castle all day. She walks beautifully on her leash 4 miles a day, 98% of the time (1% randomly lunging at car tires, 1% stopping in the middle of the street and refusing to budge when she’s had enough). She grows more and more confident, approaching and sniffing curious new things (rather than fleeing), and enjoys meeting new people – even letting most of them pet her. She’s gained weight and no longer devours all food within reach. She rides in the car, loves going hiking in the mountain, and even visits the nursing home.
I’m so glad I stopped by Pets Come First that day – when I didn’t even realize I wanted a second dog! lol Nellie cracks me up, and reminds me every day to appreciate & enjoy the little things in life when she forgets that we’re on a walk or that she came outside to pee and randomly stops, drops, and just rolls in the grass.
Thank you, Pets Come First!!

Mia 3 Mia 2

This is Mia. When I got her, her name was Shelby. These are recent pictures of her after I got her she was very thin when I got her and now she weighs 75 lbs. She was very skidish of almost everything when I got her and now she loves four wheeler rides and other dogs and loves the snow! She is my beautiful girl that's growing up way to quick. Lol but I thought I would share some pics of her now.

This is Mia. When I got her, her name was Shelby. These are recent pictures of her after I got her she was very thin when I got her and now she weighs 75 lbs. She was very skidish of almost everything when I got her and now she loves four wheeler rides and other dogs and loves the snow! She is my beautiful girl that’s growing up way to quick. Lol but I thought I would share some pics of her now.

Almost 1.5 years with our sweet Marty!

Almost 1.5 years with our sweet Marty!

A few recent pictures of Luke. We just celebrated our 3 year anniversary with him on March 10th.

A few recent pictures of Luke. We just celebrated our 3 year anniversary with him on March 10th.

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We have a happy household again!! Mandy and Katy are buddies now!!

We have a happy household again!! Mandy and Katy are buddies now!!

Gertie (fka Sarah) says, HAPPY EASTER everyone and thank you Pets Come First for saving me!

Gertie (fka Sarah) says, HAPPY EASTER everyone and thank you Pets Come First for saving me!

Gertie (fka Sarah) just wanted to stop by and say, "THANK YOU, Pets Come First, for saving me and giving me a better life. My siblings ROCK and the past 2 weeks has me loving life!" #lifeisgood#rescuedismyfavoritebreed

Gertie (fka Sarah) just wanted to stop by and say, “THANK YOU, Pets Come First, for saving me and giving me a better life. My siblings ROCK and the past 2 weeks has me loving life!” #lifeisgood#rescuedismyfavoritebreed

Another happy ending thanks to Pets Come First! Here is Emmitt enjoying the good life. He started doggie day care last week and loved it! His momma is installing a fence to give him some room to run and there is nothing but happy days ahead for this boy!

Another happy ending thanks to Pets Come First! Here is Emmitt enjoying the good life. He started doggie day care last week and loved it! His momma is installing a fence to give him some room to run and there is nothing but happy days ahead for this boy!

I wanted to take a minute and update the staff on a happy adoption. We adopted Coy from y’all in October of 2012. 3 + years later he is still a very happy addition to our home. Home anyone could give away such a sweet and loyal companion is beyond us. The first picture is the one you had. The second is Coy in his new home with his “sister” Zoey. The third is Coy with his sisters Blondie and Casey.

I wanted to take a minute and update the staff on a happy adoption. We adopted Coy from y’all in October of 2012. 3 + years later he is still a very happy addition to our home. Home anyone could give away such a sweet and loyal companion is beyond us. The first picture is the one you had. The second is Coy in his new home with his “sister” Zoey. The third is Coy with his sisters Blondie and Casey.

Coy 2 Coy 1

About 4 years ago we adopted Cody from you. He is a great pet. He had been found in bear meadows. He is spoiled rotten and we'll fed. Here he is waiting to get groomed.

About 4 years ago we adopted Cody from you. He is a great pet. He had been found in bear meadows. He is spoiled rotten and we’ll fed. Here he is waiting to get groomed.

Happy 2nd birthday to this "Big Lug" who is often referred to by his French name "Buchard", or "Butchie" by the kids, but really his name is Butch. We rescued him just over a year ago and have enjoyed every minute with him. He enjoys long early morning walks, tearing his stuffed animals to shreds, playing fetch, tug of war, but mostly he loves snuggling his people (even his little people). He putsup with a lot from the kids (laying on him, taking his toys, and often getting him into trouble because they feed him their food when they aren't supposed too!) Here's to many more birthdays with you Buchard. We are so lucky to have you in our family. 🐕💙Thanks Pets Come First for helping us find the best dog for our family!

Happy 2nd birthday to this “Big Lug” who is often referred to by his French name “Buchard”, or “Butchie” by the kids, but really his name is Butch. We rescued him just over a year ago and have enjoyed every minute with him. He enjoys long early morning walks, tearing his stuffed animals to shreds, playing fetch, tug of war, but mostly he loves snuggling his people (even his little people). He putsup with a lot from the kids (laying on him, taking his toys, and often getting him into trouble because they feed him their food when they aren’t supposed too!) Here’s to many more birthdays with you Buchard. We are so lucky to have you in our family. 🐕💙Thanks Pets Come First for helping us find the best dog for our family!

Buddy, Nifty, L

I adopted Bandit a little over a week ago, here's a picture of him, settled in quite well. As you can see, he's taken very well to my 2 year old son and they are the best of friends!!

I adopted Bandit a little over a week ago, here’s a picture of him, settled in quite well. As you can see, he’s taken very well to my 2 year old son and they are the best of friends!!

Unclus' Happy Easter!

Unclus’ Happy Easter!

Tom shows us his personality more and more everyday. He loves his new sister Zoey. When I can't find them they're usually cuddled up together on the couch or bed. Thanks you again Pets Come First for allowing us to adopt Tom. We love him!

Tom shows us his personality more and more everyday. He loves his new sister Zoey. When I can’t find them they’re usually cuddled up together on the couch or bed. Thanks you again Pets Come First for allowing us to adopt Tom. We love him!

Auto Quote – First Affiliated!

Get an Erie Auto Insurance quote from First Affiliated between now and July 4, and they will donate $20 to Pets Come First!

 

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Happy Tails – March 2016

These are some of the Happy Tails that we have received in the past month! Notes from the owners are listed in the comments for the pictures. We love seeing how well everyone is doing, so feel free to share your story!

 

At the bottom of the picture is Stout (formerly Sampson from Pets Come First). We're walking in the Pittsburgh St Patrick's Day Parade with the Saint Bernard Club of Western PA! He had a great time, and was probably the most photographed participant.

At the bottom of the picture is Stout (formerly Sampson from Pets Come First). We’re walking in the Pittsburgh St Patrick’s Day Parade with the Saint Bernard Club of Western PA! He had a great time, and was probably the most photographed participant.

This is Shari ... I adopted her in August after graduating from PSU. She now resides in Philly with me in her furrever home. I couldn't ask for a more loving cat, she waits for me at the door when I come home from work and is always by my side. So grateful for Pets Come First for finding sweet kitties like Shari a loving home.

This is Shari … I adopted her in August after graduating from PSU. She now resides in Philly with me in her furrever home. I couldn’t ask for a more loving cat, she waits for me at the door when I come home from work and is always by my side. So grateful for Pets Come First for finding sweet kitties like Shari a loving home.

Savannah decided to take a selfie! 😂 Still don't understand why anyone gave this precious girl up. We love her..so glad we adopted! Thanks Pets Come First for all you do!!!

Savannah decided to take a selfie! 😂 Still don’t understand why anyone gave this precious girl up. We love her..so glad we adopted! Thanks Pets Come First for all you do!!!

This dog is Sammy, a griffon brussels. He came into the shelter a while back and was adopted. They just stopped in the other day to say hi.

This dog is Sammy, a griffon brussels. He came into the shelter a while back and was adopted. They just stopped in the other day to say hi.

It has been about 6 months since I brought "Ricky" home, she has lovingly been renamed Shadow, and has found a new brother in Twisty. She seems to FINALLY be comfortable... She has even become accepting of the dog...

It has been about 6 months since I brought “Ricky” home, she has lovingly been renamed Shadow, and has found a new brother in Twisty. She seems to FINALLY be comfortable… She has even become accepting of the dog…

Patches is doing well we changed her name to Ariel and she's settling in nicely.

Patches is doing well we changed her name to Ariel and she’s settling in nicely.

Just wanted to share a new pic of Mo! He's such a happy boy!

Just wanted to share a new pic of Mo! He’s such a happy boy!

I was nervous with how things were going, but the kids were there visiting yesterday, and everything is good. I never thought that a little dog could melt the hearts of a bunch of old people, but they are all in love with him. He goes in with them during meals, and though he still favors his leg as long as you don’t touch it he is fine. Turns out he only chased one truck that had a cattle trailer on backing into the barn. He wasn’t out on the road like I imagined. He is too nosey of what is going on with the boys to pay attention to the road. He sleeps with Tim, worn out from his day. I was nervous that he would chew things, Naa he is too tired for that but he is up bright and early to go milk the cows. He lays in the parlor while they milk just like he has been there forever. I think we have a perfect match, he will probably spend the rest of his life covered in cow poop and mud but as long as he is happy who cares. You will have to stop up and see him at some point.

I was nervous with how things were going, but the kids were there visiting yesterday, and everything is good. I never thought that a little dog could melt the hearts of a bunch of old people, but they are all in love with him. He goes in with them during meals, and though he still favors his leg as long as you don’t touch it he is fine. Turns out he only chased one truck that had a cattle trailer on backing into the barn. He wasn’t out on the road like I imagined. He is too nosey of what is going on with the boys to pay attention to the road. He sleeps with Tim, worn out from his day. I was nervous that he would chew things, Naa he is too tired for that but he is up bright and early to go milk the cows. He lays in the parlor while they milk just like he has been there forever. I think we have a perfect match, he will probably spend the rest of his life covered in cow poop and mud but as long as he is happy who cares. You will have to stop up and see him at some point.

Katy (formerly Kathy) is enjoying her sofa. She seems to think it’s all hers.

Katy (formerly Kathy) is enjoying her sofa. She seems to think it’s all hers.

Handsome Jack formerly Kit, enjoying the nice weather.

Handsome Jack formerly Kit, enjoying the nice weather.

Here is Hobo, adopted by my family in December. He is doing well and is spoiled every day!

Here is Hobo, adopted by my family in December. He is doing well and is spoiled every day!

Today I came in looking to give a sweet dog a home and to get my red heeler pup a friend this is them napping on the bed so happy to be home with these sweethearts!

Today I came in looking to give a sweet dog a home and to get my red heeler pup a friend this is them napping on the bed so happy to be home with these sweethearts!

Just wanted to let you know that Sofia, The Cat Formerly Known as Denise, is doing great! She is SUCH a sweetheart, very gentle and loving. She's still adjusting to my other kitties but is making progress. She loves exploring...everywhere! Attached is a pic of her on a shelf above my kitchen sink. From there she watches me do the dishes. She doesn't help, mind you, just watches :-) She also loves running up and down the hallway. When I hear cat-galloping, I know it's her. When she's not exploring, running or asking for a cuddle, she naps amongst the blankets on the couch or in the recliner. She appears to be a happy little kitty. Overall, she is a wonderful addition to our little family. Thank you so much for letting me bring her home to us.

Just wanted to let you know that Sofia, The Cat Formerly Known as Denise, is doing great! She is SUCH a sweetheart, very gentle and loving. She’s still adjusting to my other kitties but is making progress. She loves exploring…everywhere! Attached is a pic of her on a shelf above my kitchen sink. From there she watches me do the dishes. She doesn’t help, mind you, just watches 🙂 She also loves running up and down the hallway. When I hear cat-galloping, I know it’s her. When she’s not exploring, running or asking for a cuddle, she naps amongst the blankets on the couch or in the recliner. She appears to be a happy little kitty. Overall, she is a wonderful addition to our little family. Thank you so much for letting me bring her home to us.

Our puppy, Arya, (formerly monkey) turned one today! We celebrated with a homemade pupcake and lots of snuggles.

Our puppy, Arya, (formerly monkey) turned one today! We celebrated with a homemade pupcake and lots of snuggles.

Our puppy, Arya, (formerly monkey) turned one today! We celebrated with a homemade pupcake and lots of snuggles.

Our puppy, Arya, (formerly monkey) turned one today! We celebrated with a homemade pupcake and lots of snuggles.

Hello! Our family adopted Alice, the Australian Shepard mix puppy, last week. (We've renamed her Maya). I had shared with some of your staff that she wasn't getting along well with our other dog. Well seemingly overnight she has taken to our other dog, Delilah. She is such a wonderful fit with our family and is so bright and loving! I wanted to share a few pictures of her in her new home

Hello! Our family adopted Alice, the Australian Shepard mix puppy, last week. (We’ve renamed her Maya). I had shared with some of your staff that she wasn’t getting along well with our other dog. Well seemingly overnight she has taken to our other dog, Delilah. She is such a wonderful fit with our family and is so bright and loving! I wanted to share a few pictures of her in her new home

Hello! Our family adopted Alice, the Australian Shepard mix puppy, last week. (We've renamed her Maya). I had shared with some of your staff that she wasn't getting along well with our other dog. Well seemingly overnight she has taken to our other dog, Delilah. She is such a wonderful fit with our family and is so bright and loving! I wanted to share a few pictures of her in her new home

Hello! Our family adopted Alice, the Australian Shepard mix puppy, last week. (We’ve renamed her Maya). I had shared with some of your staff that she wasn’t getting along well with our other dog. Well seemingly overnight she has taken to our other dog, Delilah. She is such a wonderful fit with our family and is so bright and loving! I wanted to share a few pictures of her in her new home

Hello! Our family adopted Alice, the Australian Shepard mix puppy, last week. (We've renamed her Maya). I had shared with some of your staff that she wasn't getting along well with our other dog. Well seemingly overnight she has taken to our other dog, Delilah. She is such a wonderful fit with our family and is so bright and loving! I wanted to share a few pictures of her in her new home

Hello! Our family adopted Alice, the Australian Shepard mix puppy, last week. (We’ve renamed her Maya). I had shared with some of your staff that she wasn’t getting along well with our other dog. Well seemingly overnight she has taken to our other dog, Delilah. She is such a wonderful fit with our family and is so bright and loving! I wanted to share a few pictures of her in her new home

When Mindy and I went to Pets Come First this boy stole both our hearts! Well it's safe to say that Willy has left the building and he is now gonna be spoiled rotten like he deserves ♡ --Mindys parents adopted this boy♡ Totally made my day when I got the message today! Thanks to everyone at Pets Come First for taking great care of this boy! He is now off to do bigger and better things ;)

When Mindy and I went to Pets Come First this boy stole both our hearts! Well it’s safe to say that Willy has left the building and he is now gonna be spoiled rotten like he deserves ♡ –Mindys parents adopted this boy♡ Totally made my day when I got the message today! Thanks to everyone at Pets Come First for taking great care of this boy! He is now off to do bigger and better things 😉

Someone enjoying his walk!. Willy boy is a good boy!

Someone enjoying his walk!. Willy boy is a good boy!

Thank you, everyone at Pets Come First! Unclus is snoring soundly knowing he's found his forever home! This weekend he enjoyed his first road trip with us and he got along so well with all of the family and dogs he met (including cousin Aimee, PCF alum)! He is learning to play chase with his new sister Chloe (PCF 2014 alum) and loving belly rubs! An overall sweet guy, full of life and love! You guys do the work of angels! Forever grateful for ALL the lives you save and new families you bring together!

Thank you, everyone at Pets Come First! Unclus is snoring soundly knowing he’s found his forever home! This weekend he enjoyed his first road trip with us and he got along so well with all of the family and dogs he met (including cousin Aimee, PCF alum)! He is learning to play chase with his new sister Chloe (PCF 2014 alum) and loving belly rubs! An overall sweet guy, full of life and love! You guys do the work of angels! Forever grateful for ALL the lives you save and new families you bring together!

 

 

My name is Sophie who adopted a cat from PCF in Jan, 2015. I know that it is really late to say this, but I really want to say thank you so much for giving my family and me an opportunity to meet this precious cat that has become one of our family members. His name was Trapper (now he is called “Mapo” which is my hometown name) and Trapper and I moved to South Korea last May 🙂 Thankfully all of my family members love him and we cannot imagine our lives without him 🙂 Thank you again for allowing me to adopt this healthy cat! (another shelter didn’t let me adopt a cat because I was an international student…) I hope other people can also get to meet precious cats and dogs at PCF!  See pictures below…

My name is Sophie who adopted a cat from PCF in Jan, 2015. I know that it is really late to say this, but I really want to say thank you so much for giving my family and me an opportunity to meet this precious cat that has become one of our family members. His name was Trapper (now he is called "Mapo" which is my hometown name) and Trapper and I moved to South Korea last May :) Thankfully all of my family members love him and we cannot imagine our lives without him :) Thank you again for allowing me to adopt this healthy cat! (another shelter didn't let me adopt a cat because I was an international student...) I hope other people can also get to meet precious cats and dogs at PCF!

My name is Sophie who adopted a cat from PCF in Jan, 2015. I know that it is really late to say this, but I really want to say thank you so much for giving my family and me an opportunity to meet this precious cat that has become one of our family members. His name was Trapper (now he is called "Mapo" which is my hometown name) and Trapper and I moved to South Korea last May :) Thankfully all of my family members love him and we cannot imagine our lives without him :) Thank you again for allowing me to adopt this healthy cat! (another shelter didn't let me adopt a cat because I was an international student...) I hope other people can also get to meet precious cats and dogs at PCF!

My name is Sophie who adopted a cat from PCF in Jan, 2015. I know that it is really late to say this, but I really want to say thank you so much for giving my family and me an opportunity to meet this precious cat that has become one of our family members. His name was Trapper (now he is called "Mapo" which is my hometown name) and Trapper and I moved to South Korea last May :) Thankfully all of my family members love him and we cannot imagine our lives without him :) Thank you again for allowing me to adopt this healthy cat! (another shelter didn't let me adopt a cat because I was an international student...) I hope other people can also get to meet precious cats and dogs at PCF!

My name is Sophie who adopted a cat from PCF in Jan, 2015. I know that it is really late to say this, but I really want to say thank you so much for giving my family and me an opportunity to meet this precious cat that has become one of our family members. His name was Trapper (now he is called "Mapo" which is my hometown name) and Trapper and I moved to South Korea last May :) Thankfully all of my family members love him and we cannot imagine our lives without him :) Thank you again for allowing me to adopt this healthy cat! (another shelter didn't let me adopt a cat because I was an international student...) I hope other people can also get to meet precious cats and dogs at PCF!

 

8th Annual Dog Jog!

Please join us on April 30, 2016 at Grange Fairgrounds for the 8th Annual DOG JOG 5K run and 1 mile walk to support Pets Come First!  Pre-registration is now open!  You can participate with or without a dog!  We are also looking for volunteers, sponsors, and vendors for the event!

Christmas Newsletter

Happy holidays from Pets Come First!  THANK YOU to all of our supporters, donors, volunteers, and adopters – we cannot achieve any of this without you!

 

2015 Christmas Newsletter

September Spay / Neuter Clinics!

Pets Come First and Allegheny Spay & Neuter are continuing to host clinics!  These will take place at the clinic in front of the Pets Come First building on 322.  Please contact us at 814-364-1725 – leave a message with the type of animal, male / female, and your contact information, and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Costs (all include Rabies):

  • Female Cat – $55
  • Male Cat – $45
  • FIV/FeLu Testing – $30
  • Male Dog – $85
  • Female Dog – Call for availability

 

Spay & neuter is a very important cause to Pets Come First, and the community, because it is the only true way to combat the root cause of pet overpopulation.  Unfortunately adoptions alone cannot solve the problem.  Please encourage your friends and families to have their pets spayed and neutered!

 

Lewistown Sentinel Articles

 

Check out Pets Come First in the Lewistown Sentinel!  Thank you for the support and publicity for the shelter, spay/neuter clinic, and bike ride fundraiser!!

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