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Animal Friends rescues 55 dogs, cats from euthanasia in New Year's Eve sweep

Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Veterinary technician Jessica Farren hugs Thing One, a 1-year-old pit bull, after his medical examination during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before being available for adoption. Thing One was rescued from Monroeville Animal Control. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Veterinary technician Jessica Farren hugs Thing One, a 1-year-old pit bull, after his medical examination during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before being available for adoption. Thing One was rescued from Monroeville Animal Control. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Two puppies are held by Cindy Carpinelli after being rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue, according to Christy Bostardi, director of communications. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered , vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo comprehensive medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppies, who are about 6 weeks old, will be fostered before they can be adopted. They arrived from the Greene County Humane Society, where Carpinelli is the president. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. They were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Two puppies are held by Cindy Carpinelli after being rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue, according to Christy Bostardi, director of communications. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered , vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo comprehensive medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppies, who are about 6 weeks old, will be fostered before they can be adopted. They arrived from the Greene County Humane Society, where Carpinelli is the president. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. They were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at  shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Thing One, a 1-year-old pit bull, is held by veterinary technician Jessica Farren as technician Marsha Koschik draws blood from his leg during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before being available for adoption. Thing One was rescued from Monroeville Animal Control. Every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Thing One, a 1-year-old pit bull, is held by veterinary technician Jessica Farren as technician Marsha Koschik draws blood from his leg during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with  animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before being available for adoption. Thing One was rescued from Monroeville Animal Control. Every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - A cat looks out through its carrier at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The cat was one of 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. They were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A cat looks out through its carrier at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The cat was one of 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo  medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. They were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at  shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - As supporters of Animal Friends watch, volunteer Rose Ravasio hugs one of four puppies rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppy, a female named Red Fish, came from the Greene County Humane Society. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. The four puppies were named One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish. They will be fostered before they are available for adoption.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>As supporters of Animal Friends watch, volunteer Rose Ravasio hugs one of four puppies rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo  medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppy, a female named Red Fish, came from the Greene County Humane Society. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. The four puppies were named One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish. They will be fostered before they are available for adoption.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Medical wellness coordinator Cara Constantine (left) and veterinary technician Jessica Farren examine Cat in the Hat, a 4-year-old cat, during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before being available for adoption. Cat in the Hat was rescued from Hoffmann Kennels in Delmont. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Medical wellness coordinator Cara Constantine (left) and veterinary technician Jessica Farren examine Cat in the Hat, a 4-year-old cat, during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with  animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They  are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before being available for adoption. Cat in the Hat was rescued from Hoffmann Kennels in Delmont. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - A rescued dog arrives at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The stray was among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue, according to Christy Bostardi, director of communications. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A rescued dog arrives at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The stray was among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue, according to Christy Bostardi, director of communications. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Thing Two is bathed by volunteer Diane Friske during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before becoming available for adoption. Thing Two was rescued from Monroeville Animal Control. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Thing Two is bathed by volunteer Diane Friske during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve Rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before becoming available for adoption. Thing Two was rescued from Monroeville Animal Control. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Truffula, a rescued lab/shepherd mix, is dried off after receiving a bath at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Truffula was among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Truffula, a rescued lab/shepherd mix, is dried off after receiving a bath at  Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Truffula was among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald - Mayzie, a shepherd mix, is bathed by volunteer Diane Friske during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before becoming available for adoption. Mayzie was rescued from Hoffmann Kennels in Delmont. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald</em></div>Mayzie, a shepherd mix, is bathed by volunteer Diane Friske during Animal Friends' annual New Year's Eve rescue at the Ohio Township facility on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each year, Animal Friends partners with animal control facilities to rescue animals that are slated to be euthanized. They  are brought to Animal Friends where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, groomed and given medical and behavioral evaluations before becoming available for adoption. Mayzie was rescued from Hoffmann Kennels in Delmont. This year's rescue had a Dr. Seuss theme, and every animal rescued was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - As supporters of Animal Friends watch, volunteer Susan Hiser pets one of four puppies rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue, according to Christy Bostardi, director of communications. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppy came from the Greene County Humane Society. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. The four puppies were named One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish. They will be fostered before they are available for adoption. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>As supporters of Animal Friends watch, volunteer Susan Hiser pets one of  four puppies rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue, according to Christy Bostardi, director of communications. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppy came from the Greene County Humane Society. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. The four puppies were named One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish. They will be fostered before they are available for adoption. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - A rescued Rottweiler arrives at Animal Friends on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The Rottweiler was among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A rescued Rottweiler arrives at Animal Friends on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The Rottweiler was among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Yertle, a rescued pit bull, receives a bath at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. It was among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yertle, a rescued pit bull, receives a bath at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. It was among 55 dogs and cats that were brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Cindy Carpinelli kisses two of four puppies rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppies, which are be about 6 weeks old, will be fostered before they can be adopted. They arrived from the Greene County Humane Society, where Carpinelli is the president. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Cindy Carpinelli kisses two of four puppies rescued by Animal Friends on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The puppies were among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. The puppies, which are be about 6 weeks old, will be fostered before they can be adopted. They arrived from the Greene County Humane Society, where Carpinelli is the president. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Staff member Eve Salimbene gets kissed by a rescued Rottweiler at Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. It was among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Staff member Eve Salimbene gets kissed by a rescued Rottweiler at  Animal Friends on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. It was among 55 dogs and cats brought to the Ohio Township facility as part of the 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, bathed, and  undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. If all is well, the animals will be ready for adoption on Thursday. All of the animals rescued Tuesday received names from the world of Dr. Seuss characters. All of the cats and dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Tuesday night at area shelters, but were saved through the efforts of Animal Friends.

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Mayzie tucked her tail between her legs as she warily eyed the water spray.

Diane Friske tried to comfort the thin, mixed-breed dog while she gave the pup a bath.

“She thinks, ‘If I don't look at it, it will go away,' ” said Friske of Shaler, a volunteer with Animal Friends.

Mayzie was among 55 animals — 25 dogs and 30 cats — rescued from six Western Pennsylvania animal-control facilities on Tuesday as part of the Ohio Township shelter's 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue. Volunteers rounded up the animals to save them from being euthanized, said Christy Bostardi, the shelter's spokeswoman.

“During the holidays, many pets get separated from their owners, and if they don't have a license, it's difficult to get them reunited with their families,” Bostardi said. “Animal control becomes overpopulated, and they have to euthanize to make space for other homeless pets.”

Shelter workers chose names from more than 40 Dr. Seuss books to christen each dog and cat with a new name. In addition to baths, the animals received medical checkups. Those in good health will be available for adoption beginning on Thursday, Bostardi said.

Unlike Mayzie, Horton, a rottweiler mix, wagged his tail during his bath and nail clipping.

“These dogs need a second chance — and some, a third chance,” said volunteer Rick Novosel of Pine. “I just want to help them live out a good life.”

Horton has a good chance for that, Novosel said, because the dog takes to people quickly.

“There's too many like him,” Novosel said. “If we can save just one, it's worth it. I wish we could save them all.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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