Pet events: Kitten adoptions and nominations sought for Hero Dog awards

Agway events

Three Agway stores will show their customer appreciation on Saturday with free refreshments, coupons and door prizes during the 2017 Purina Check-R-Board Days. 

The stores are at 125 McAleer Road, Mount Nebo, 400 Main St., Imperial, and 1025 State Route 519, Eighty Four, Washington County.

Kitten adoptions

The Petco Adoption Event is Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Robinson location, hosted by Merlin’s Safe Haven Cat Rescue, which operates in the Carnegie area.

Deals include the Christmas Buddies Special, in which two bonded kittens can be adopted for $50. For more information and to see adoptable felines, go to, the rescue’s Facebook page or call 412-596-8089. 

The Petco Robinson is at 6512 Steubenville Pike 15205. 

Westmoreland fund drive

The Animal Friends of Westmoreland have secured a $10,000 grant from an anonymous donor who will match donations made to the Holiday Fund Drive through New Year’s Eve.  

Donate online at or mail a check to the shelter at 216 Depot St., Youngwood, Pa. 15697.

Since the shelter opened in 2009, more than 2,500 animals have been rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed. It has purchased a 62-acre farm and hope to expand its mission to help horses, donkeys, cows and other farm animals. 

Nominate heroes

American Human is looking for heroic dogs, veterinarians and  veterinary nurses. The public is asked to nominate candidates and the national organization will give out awards.

I write about the Hero Dog award every year, and there are never finalists or winners from the Pittsburgh area. There are seven categories, and I’m sure we have worthy candidates, especially therapy dogs, service dogs, dogs that guide the blind and assist the deaf, and “emerging hero dogs,” which are ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things,. In recent years, winners of the last cagegory have often been dogs that overcame abuse.

Other categories are law enforcement/arson, military and search and rescue.

Go to to make a nomination. Finalists win $2,500 for a charity. The top dog gets another $5,000 for charity. The nominating deadline is Feb. 7.

Past American Humane winners among veterinarians and nurses have tended to be professionals who donate time to rescue work, research or farm and conservation projects. Winners fly to Hollywood for an awards show that will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel. The ultimate winners are chosen by the public.

Wildfire victims

As the raging California wildfires continue, many organizations are stepping up to help displaced animals.

The American Humane Rescue team is helping more that 160 dogs and cats evacuated from a Santa Paula animal shelter. Last Tuesday, the national organization delivered 3,000 pounds of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food.

Animals are “shaken and scared,” says the American Humane news release. 

Go to to donate, and tell them if you want your money earmarked for fire victims. Through New Year’s Eve, all donations will be matched, up to $350,000

— compiled by Linda Wilson Fuoco