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Apr 17, 2018

Washington County Mon Valley Companion Animal Project

Introducing The Washington County Mon Valley Companion Animal Project

For the last four years the Fluffyjean Fund for Felines has partnered with WAHS to attack the problem of homeless cats in Washington County thru TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return to care taker). As a result of data collected, several issues have been empirically identified as contributing factors to the problem of homeless animals.

Based on the data collected and ethical considerations, it can be argued that TNVR does in fact provide the most humane, effective and just solution to the problem of cats who are currently homeless and living in our 90 managed colonies. However, it has also become obvious that addressing the issue of homelessness at the end of the homeless

animal pipeline, while effective in terms of cats currently in the homeless pipeline, it does not address the issue of stemming the tide of new animals entering the homeless animal pipeline.

Data collected has identified several causes that contribute to beginning the transition of a beloved companion animal to a neglected or homeless animal. Based on our research, the socioeconomic status of both a community and the individuals residing in that community play a significant role in setting the transition from beloved companion animal to homelessness or neglect in motion.

The WCMVCAP has identified the Mon Valley as an area of Washington County in most need. In order to address the problems of homelessness and neglect and enable individuals to maintain their pets in their homes, the Fluffyjean Fund for Felines and Washington Area Humane Society have joined in a collaborative effort to create the Washington County Mon valley Companion Animal Project(WCMVCAP). Along with the assistance of Animal Friends mobile resource unit the project will focus on reducing neglect and homelessness by providing residents of Mon valley assistance with spaying, neutering, food and vaccinations.

The project will launch in May with a free feline only spay/neuter clinic on May 11, 2018. This clinic is sponsored by the WAHS. The clinic will be held at the New Eagle Community Center. Free clinics are restricted to cats owned by Washington County residents of the Mon Valley. There is a limit of 2 owned cats per family and an appointment is required. Please contact Faith at faith.b2@Verizon.net or 724 941-5683 for further details and to setup an appointment. We are currently pursuing funding to provide residents with canine spay/neuter vouchers. Those feeding colony cats may also contact Faith to determine their eligibility for the Colony Cat Project. Washington County senior citizens are encouraged to contact Kelly Proudfit CEO at WAHS to determine their eligibility for Senior Paws program. Kelly may be reached at 724 222-7387,

The WCMVCAP has secured funding for 3 owned cats spay/neuter clinics and a free vaccine clinic for dogs and cats. All to be held at New Eagle Social Hall. It is the hope of WCMVCAP that that through our collaborative efforts we will be able to provide Mon Valley residents with the assistance needed to keep pets in their home. Thereby reducing 

animal homelessness, and improving the quality of life for both companion animals and their human companions.

Faith Bjalobok Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy Duquesne University


Fellow Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

Founder Fluffyjean Fund for Felines


Apr 17, 2018

Spay and Neuter Clinics

Action for Animals

386 Route 217  Latrobe

724-539-2544

Humane Animal Rescue:

Western Area PA Humane Society

1101 Western Avenue  Pittsburgh

412-345-7300

Animal Rescue League

6620 Hamilton Avenue  Pittsburgh

412-345-7300

Fix Ur Cat

18 W. Pike Street  Canonsburg

www.fixurcat.org

Nose 2 Tail Cat Rescue

  • McDonald

    412-651-6843

    www.nose2tailcatrescue.org

    Animal Friends

    562 Camp Horne Road  Pittsburgh

    412-847-7004

    Frankies Friends Vet Clinic

    421 9th Avenue  New Kensington

    724-889-7011

    Spay/Neuter Clinic

    11675 Frankstown Road  Penn Hills

    412-244-1202

    Washington Area Humane Society

    1527 Rte 136  Eighty –Four PA

    www.washingtonpashelter.org

    Homeless Cat Management

    207 Allegheny Street

    Tarentum PA.  15084

    412-321-4060



Mar 14, 2018

Darla's Journey / An update!

Darla’s Journey, An Update

Ms. Karen Davison’s poignant quote summarizes our Darla’s journey:

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

In only three month’s time, Darla has made the transformation from an abused and suffering dog to one that has found healing, love and happiness. For those of you who are not familiar with pit mix Darla, she came to Angel Ridge from an impoverished shelter in December with her ears brutally cut off, open sores around her neck, a malignant tumor and heartworm disease. This is a brief update and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported Darla’ s journey with financial contributions, needed supplies and prayers.

Darla was adopted by Tim, and his daughter, Kaylee, a  blind, special needs child. Darla is now

Kaylee‘s BFF and quite the support dog, sensing Kaylee‘s needs and moods and responding to help her. Darla has inched her way into Tim’s heart, too, and she is charming everyone that she meets. As a result, Tim has made many new friends, including the mail carrier, allof the customers at his barber shop, and people in all of the places that he visits with Darla.

Darla has had her first heartworm injection. She will be tested soon to determine if she still has the disease. If she does, she will get another injection. Her tumor has been removed, and the sores on her body have healed.

Darla is one amazing angel, an angel who can help the people in her life to heal and be happy. I believe that Darla has proven that Ms. Davison’s quote should go on to say:

“And for the humans who love that dog, their world will change forever, too.”

Thank you and God Bless,

Nancy Shannon, Director