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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Animal Assistance Project Entering Second Year

Animal Assistance Project Entering Second Year

adopt-a-dogAn organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for unwanted, abused or neglected pets made a successful debut in 2013 and looks to build on its success in the new year. Potter County Animal Assistance Project (PCAAP) was established to advance the cause of animal welfare and to prevent animal cruelty. It was formed by volunteers and is governed by an elected board of seven members. Four advisors provide support and other volunteers pitch in. The organization works in close cooperation with Teacher’s Pet Rescue, the only organization in the county taking in stray and unwanted dogs and finding them homes. Seed money came from the Helen Fath Greene Memorial Fund. A former resident of Potter County, Greene left money in her will to care for animals.

Initial projects by PCAAP include assisting low-income individuals to get their pets spayed or neutered, and the capture of free-roaming cats for spaying or neutering. All pets get a rabies vaccine and some additional care may be provided. PCAAP has also introduced an animal cruelty hotline at 814-203-4504 and established a pet food bank. Collection bins are located at Northwest Savings Bank in Austin, Coudersport, Galeton and Shinglehouse; Costa’s Shur Save, First National Bank, Maple Tree Restaurant and Shop N Save, all in Coudersport; Reed’s Market, Genesee; the Roulette Firehall; Sprout’s Drug Store in Shinglehouse; and First Citizens Community Bank in Ulysses. People in need of dog or cat food may contact the following locations on the designated day of distribution: Austin United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galeton, Shinglehouse Methodist Church, Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses, and Roulette Firehall.

64333-210x314-rabiesvaccineforcatsOver the past year, upwards of 400 free-roaming cats have been humanely trapped and transported to a veterinarian to be neutered or spayed and vaccinated for rabies and ear tipped. Although many of these cats cannot be tamed, dozens have been placed in homes. Many family pets have been spayed or neutered at a reduced cost. Potter County residents may request an application for services from Coudersport Animal Health Center, 814-274-0857. 

Those who want to report a free-roaming cat problem should send an email to pcaap2012@gmail.com

PCAAP meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the Coudersport Elementary School library. To arrange for a financial donation, contact Kim Mitchell at 274-0847.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

I still DO NOT understand WHY you didn't follow Helens "WILL" and build an Animal Shelter in Potter County ??? MILLIONS of DOLLARS she left and ALL you do is this small service...I smell something ROTTEN here and it's NOT DOG POOP!!! R.I.P. Dear Helen...Let this be a lesson to do what you want with your money BEFORE you DIE so GREEDY people DO NOT follow your "WILL"

Anonymous said...

And how would the staff of a full-fledged animal shelter be paid again under your plan?

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY how much interest on Her MILLIONS was made since Helen died ??? You people were WRONG NOT following her Will ALL that money went somewhere... Maybe like you are doing now beg for more money and donations...

Anonymous said...

Knew Helen for a quite a long time...I do believe that she is "rolling in her grave". PROPERLY invested money would sustain an animal shelter for quite some time. Too bad that didn't take place before she passed. Those of you who were expected to carry out her wishes know who you are...How sad.

Anonymous said...

This ad caught my eye because I am simply an animal lover and thought this was a great thing to do.
It looks as though they may be some truth to these accusations, I see no rebuttle on behalf of this organization, maybe some further investigation should take place.Maybe its time to spill the names on this board, most of us do not know.get a financial report, do they have a tax number for donations?.......ect.

Anonymous said...

Can you please give those in need some more info on the days that the given locations are open for those in need of cat or dog food? It is hard to try and reach someone if you do not know the dates.

Anonymous said...

According to public meeting held a couple of years ago with a representative of the Pennsylvania SPCA, all of Helen’s funds are controlled by the PaSPCA which determines when, where, how much, and for what purposes money is distributed. According to the article public meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at Coudersport School.

Anonymous said...

At least this group of volunteers is trying to do something for their community. All you critics should attend at least one meeting and give them your input for projects you would like to see them pursue. Or if that is too much trouble, apply to PaSPCA for grant money and start your own project.