Staff at the McKean County S.P.C.A. recently took the drive all the way to Boone County, West Virginia to rescue four young at-risk pups from a local high-kill dog pound to ensure they find happy forever homes. The connection was made with the shelter through Boone Animal Rescue Coalition (B.A.R.C.).

“They rely on a lot of networking in that area. They are one of the only shelters in three counties,” mentioned Hannah Lawton, dog supervisor for the McKean County S.P.C.A. “Last year, B.A.R.C was able to transfer 2,000 dogs to no-kill shelters to prevent euthanasia.”

The trip was funded through private and public donations and was successful in bringing four adorable, friendly young dogs back to the area to be adopted out to happy homes. Rescued dogs include Atticus, a four-month-old German Shepherd/Husky mix, Santiago, a 10-month-old Golden Retriever/German Shepherd mix, Jasper, an 11-month-old Retriever/Black Lab mix and last, but not least, Sawyer, a 1 ½ year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. All four canines are now available for adoption.

“They are all great with kids and other dogs,” noted Lawton.

She expressed great excitement over the possibility of working with B.A.R.C. again in the future to rescue further at-risk dogs, and possibly even their feline counterparts, once more room is available.

Lawton also explained how the McKean County S.P.C.A. is connected to a network of other no-kill animal shelters to “trade out” dogs with other shelters that have been there for a long period of time.

“New eyes present new opportunities for animals to be adopted out,” she noted.

Dogs are only transferred to other no-kill shelters, with the understanding that if they are unable to be adopted out, they will be returned to McKean County.

Lawton mentioned she was appreciative of all of the community support that helps keep the gears of the shelter running.

“We appreciate all the support from the community, whether it be in donations, people adopting or word-of-mouth advertising,” she said.

The shelter has had an influx of adoptions recently, though Lawton was unsure whether it is correlated with the recent promotion from Coors Light, which offered to pay $100 to cover adoption fees for the first 1,000 people who adopted dogs between Feb. 4 and Feb. 21.

McKean County S.P.C.A. is currently running a promotion through the rest of February, offering $114 dog adoptions and $29 cat adoptions (cats 6 months and older). March’s special will be called “Luck of the paw” and details will be announced soon on the McKean County S.P.C.A. Facebook page.

For more information on adoptable animals and specials, visit the Facebook page, call 814-362-8850 or stop by the shelter between noon and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.