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Animal Friends holds annual New Year’s Rescue

Kristina Serafini

More than 100 dogs, cats and rabbits will have a happier new year thanks to Animal Friends.

The annual New Year’s Rescue, now in its 22nd year, gives animals from some of the area’s more rural shelters and animal control facilities another chance to find their forever homes.

Shannon Clarke, director of communications at Animals Friends, said the Ohio Township no-kill shelter sees more foot traffic than some of the facilities in those more rural areas, which, in turn, leads to more adoptions. She said by bringing these animals to Animal Friends, it frees up more kennel space at the rural facilities so that they are able to take in more animals.

During this year’s rescue on Friday, animals were transported to Animal Friends where they were given new names (this year’s theme was birds), examined and vaccinated. The dogs also were bathed.

Eight area shelters and animal control facilities—Greenbrier Area Humane Society, Washington County Humane Society, Randolph County Humane Society, Harrison County Humane Society, Fayette Animal Control, Humane Society of Greene County, Animal Charity of Ohio and Lawrence County Humane Society—partnered with Animal Friends for this year’s rescue.

Twenty-nine animals—22 cats, 7 dogs and 1 rabbit—were adopted during Animal Friends’ priceless adoption event on Dec. 22 to make room for the new animals coming in.

Kristina Serafini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kristina at 412-324-1405 4-digit 6405, [email protected] or via Twitter @KristinaS_Trib.


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A dog named Kakapo looks on as he is bathed at Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility during the annual New Year's Rescue on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. For the past 22 years, Animal Friends has held its rescue where they travel to partner shelters and animal control facilities to pick up dogs, cats and rabbits and bring them to their facility in an effort to give them another shot at finding their forever homes.
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Animal Friends volunteer Carla Patarini stacks cat carriers in her car at the Humane Society of Greene County in preparation of a transport to Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. For the past 22 years, Animal Friends has held its New Year's Rescue where they travel to partner shelters and animal control facilities to pick up dogs, cats and rabbits and bring them to their facility in an effort to give them another shot at finding their forever homes.
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Animal Friends volunteers Marcy Fenell (left) and Becky DiLucia put a cat in a carrier at the Humane Society of Greene County in preparation of a transport to Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. For the past 22 years, Animal Friends has held its New Year's Rescue where they travel to partner shelters and animal control facilities to pick up dogs, cats and rabbits and bring them to their facility in an effort to give them another shot at finding their forever homes.
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Animal Friends volunteer Carla Patarini is reflected in a door as she handles a cat at the Humane Society of Greene County in preparation of a transport to Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. For the past 22 years, Animal Friends has held its New Year's Rescue where they travel to partner shelters and animal control facilities to pick up dogs, cats and rabbits and bring them to their facility in an effort to give them another shot at finding their forever homes.
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Animal Friends volunteers Marcy Fenell carries two cats to cars outside the Humane Society of Greene County in preparation of a transport to Animal Friends' Ohio Township facility on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. For the past 22 years, Animal Friends has held its New Year's Rescue where they travel to partner shelters and animal control facilities to pick up dogs, cats and rabbits and bring them to their facility in an effort to give them another shot at finding their forever homes.
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