Adopting an Older Pet

by Mary Prettiman


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Sunrise, sunset, swiftly fly the years.....Action For Animals sees the sunrise of multitudes of puppies and kittens each year.  We also meet many animals in the sunset of life.  Our adoptions run the gamut of all life phases.  We enjoy the playfulness of puppies, but the life of a senior dog has a special beauty all its own. Seniors have learned to be on their best behavior and chewing up your furniture is a thing of the past.  Their personalities have developed so you are aware of exactly the type of dog you are getting if you adopt a mature dog 6 years-of-age or older.  Being more subdued at this age means they don’t need constant attention, are independent but still have tons of affection to give.  The older dogs we have at the shelter now are capable of speedy bonding with new humans and they know, they REALLY know, when they are being given a second chance at a good home. Gratitude is part of a senior dog’s makeup. Older dogs are much like their human counterparts.  Our Senior for Seniors program matches people over 60 with dogs over six at half-price as an incentive to visit, bond and ultimately adopt an older friend.  Five senior dogs live in my house and only one came to us young. Older dogs have mastered the art of friendship.  

Residents from Ligonier Gardens of Bethlen Communities visited the shelter for professional photos to be taken with the animals by Christy Boyd of Memories by Christy, for use in a calendar to benefit the AFA shelter.  The visit was such a success giving much joy to the seniors and the animals that the residents will be back for another visit on one of their outings

Don’t deny yourself the fun and friendship of an older animal.  If you can adopt one of AFA’s residents and feel you want to open your heart, do it.  Enjoy your days with a friend who will never stop loving you.  Gratitude and happy times can only enhance your life, and as we so often hear in varied reports, companion animals extend our years.  Share a summer morning or crisp winter evening with a furry pal.  Sunrise, sunset swiftly go the years—but a friend sits next to you who makes them even more beautiful.

Flo Brant with Laurel.

Louis & Jean Hershey with Fancy and two other shelter cats.

These Animals and Many Moreare Waiting for a Forever Home.

SpiritAir to Offer Non-Stop Service to Tampa and Fort Myers

By: Angela Gartner

Spirit Air, the ultra-low cost airline, operated out of Latrobe-based Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, will soon offer new seasonal service between the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area (LBE) and two additional Florida cities—Tampa (TPA) and Fort Myers (RSW) starting this December 18.

The non-stop seasonal flights will be added to Spirit’s regular, year-round service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.

The brand new destinations will afford fliers from the Pittsburgh region more opportunities for getaways to sunny Florida. “We are delighted Spirit Airlines will be providing travelers from our region a fantastic opportunity to visit more places during the winter months,” said Gabe Monzo, executive director of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, which operates Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

The new flights will also give southwest Florida passengers a new travel option to explore the Unity Township/Pittsburgh area next season. It’s a win-win all around.

Visit and book your flight today.

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