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Animal Friends starts to adopt out animals from closed Fayette SPCA

Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media - Nancy Marshall with her newly adopted dog Fern, photographed in Marshall's yard on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Marshall adopted Fern after the Fayette SPCA recently closed and the dogs were relocated to Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media</em></div>Nancy Marshall with her newly adopted dog Fern, photographed in Marshall's yard on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.  Marshall adopted Fern after the Fayette SPCA recently closed and the dogs were relocated to Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media - Nancy Marshall with her newly adopted dog Fern, photographed in Marshall's yard on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Marshall adopted Fern after the Fayette SPCA recently closed and the dogs were relocated to Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media</em></div>Nancy Marshall with her newly adopted dog Fern, photographed in Marshall's yard on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.  Marshall adopted Fern after the Fayette SPCA recently closed and the dogs were relocated to Animal Friends of Westmoreland County.

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How to adopt

To learn the procedure to adopt a pet, go to Animal Friends' website: animalfriendswestmoreland.org or call 724-925-2555.

People seeking to adopt must fill out an application, which will be reviewed by Animal Friends staff and counselors, according to the group's website.

Animal Friends' goal is to put pets in “lifelong homes,” said Candy Nelson, the rescue group's founder and president.

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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 11:21 p.m.
 

Nancy Marshall of Southwest Greensburg planned to wait a while before getting another dog after putting to sleep her 14-year-old pet, Shiloh, last month.

Then she saw Fern, one of 67 animals brought last month from the closed Fayette SPCA to a Youngwood shelter.

“I knew it was (Shiloh's) time,” Marshall said. “But when you come home, there's something missing. You keep looking (for the dog).”

Fern helped “fill the void,” Marshall said.

She and Fern are becoming fast friends. “It's been great,” said Marshall, a Southwest Greensburg councilwoman.

Fern is among the first of 67 dogs and cats to be adopted since being taken from the shuttered Fayette County shelter to Youngwood by Animal Friends of Westmoreland.

Other dogs brought from Fayette County — Clemente, Jasper, Landon and CoCo — are up for adoption on Animal Friends' website.

“Of the 67, we've had 12 adopted, so we have about 25 more available. The rest aren't ready yet,” said Candy Nelson, Animal Friends' founder and president.

Last month, the Youngwood-based animal rescue group retrieved dogs and cats from the Fayette SPCA. The state put sick animals under quarantine and shut the facility.

Dogs were taken to a building Nelson owns on North Third Street in Youngwood and briefly quarantined.

Cats were taken to Animal Friends' main shelter about a block away.

Seven puppies are “very sick” and remain under Animal Friends' care, Nelson said.

Before adoption, dogs are spayed or neutered, receive shots and microchips, and get any other necessary treatment, Nelson said.

Cats are neutered, receive vaccines and undergo various tests.

Nelson expects cats from the Fayette SPCA to be available for adoption in a few days.

An adoption fee is charged for all animals.

Marshall adopted Fern with the help of an Animal Friends volunteer who knew she loves dogs and had lost hers.

Fern, estimated to be a year old, likes to be active, Marshall said.

“So far, it's walking, mostly just walking,” Marshall said.

“She's housebroken. We didn't have to do anything with her,” she added.

“She was a stray, and that's how she got turned in in Fayette County.”

Marshall recommends animal adoption to anyone who loves pets, can devote time to them and give them a good home.

“Most definitely adopt,” she said. “I recommend the shelter to adopt. They definitely need a home.”

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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