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Group creates new organization to help area pets

By: Jackalyn Kovac

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- A group of volunteers in Cambria County are looking outside the box on how to help area animals in need.
P.A.W.S. House is a private, nonprofit organization. It stands for Pets Are Worth Saving.
The group who runs the organization doesn't have a location yet, but that isn't stopping organizers from dreaming big.
"It will become a very important resource center for the entire community. We're hoping to work with other area organizations," said P.A.W.S. House President Kellie Burgan. "There are so many wonderful people out there that have animal-related services and we're hoping to put it all in one central location. So no matter what your need is, as long as it's pet related, we'll be able to help you out with it."
The idea for an animal resource center and sanctuary is still in its infancy. Organizers hope to build a 24-hour animal clinic, a public boarding facility, a doggie day care, a grooming center and spa, a number of different shops and they plan to offer classes.
"We really want to encompass everything that is pet-related and bring it into one place," said Burgan.
The group hopes to break ground within the next five years, but they hope one of their ideas can be accomplished sooner rather than later.
"I've been involved in a lot of other pet-related organizations, and I've had the opportunity to talk to a lot of the community. One of the things I keep hearing: 'Where's are humane officer? We need help. There's so many neglected and abused animals out there.'"

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