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On Centre: Penns Valley | Busy month for animal groups

The Centre Hall animal community received a lot of help in October.

On Oct. 15, Pets Come First was one of 12 organizations that received a grant from Kong pet toys.

The Kong Co., of Colorado, donated about $799 worth of toys to the Centre Hall-based animal welfare group, according to the Petfinder Foundation.

Pets Come First is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization created to help educate the community on the necessary steps needed to reduce the number of homeless and abandoned animals in central Pennsylvania.

On Oct. 19, The Hundred Cat Foundation, in Centre Hall, held its 50th feral cat spay/neuter clinic.

Drs. Renee Calvert, Miguel Cruden and Nancy Dreschel sprayed and neutered between 60 and 70 cats.

President and Founder Donna Herrmann said her organization began holding clinics in June 2009 and since then, have spayed or neutered 2,173 feral and stray cats.

“We have helped an additional 1,712 cats outside of our clinics — through vet office appointments — for a total of 3,885 cats who are no longer adding to the over-population crisis,” Herrmann added.

The Hundred Cat Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of feral, stray and free-roaming cats in Centre County, and to assist the people caring for these cats.

The Hundred Cat Foundation is located on General Potter Highway next door to Pets Come First, formerly the SPCA.