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Falcon Animal Rescue, a busy place with a mission
June 25, 2019

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Falcon Animal Rescue Shelter, 6520 Mahoning Ave., is a busy place with adoptions taking place weekly and more cats coming in. The mission is never-ending as volunteers and staff save kittens and cats and find them a forever home.

"We've been around since 2013," said Falcon Animal Rescue administrator Nicole Davis. "We started out with just foster homes."

She said Falcon Animal Rescue was founded by Mark Constantini, who simply wanted to help animals in need. Along with several friends, he started the rescue organization by achieving the 501C3 status for a non-profit.

The first year, Davis said the animals the newly-formed charity were helping, were all placed in foster homes. In 2014, the shelter on Mahoning Avenue was opened and has since averaged between 50-60 cats.

"We presently have 50 cats ranging from kittens to seniors," Davis said.

She said the rescues come from many different avenues. A person may find a litter of kittens or an elderly person may need to surrender an animal for various reasons. Whatever the case, Falcon Animal Rescue is there to help, but they are still limited in space.

Once in a while, the rescue group does take in a dog, which will be taken directly to a foster home until an adoption comes along.

As for adoptions, interested parties can either do an application online, or can fill one out in person at the shelter. Each adoptee is thoroughly screened to make sure the cat or kitten is going to a good home situation with responsible owners.

The facility on Mahoning Avenue is always in need of items and volunteers. Anyone wishing to donate some time to the shelter can show up and fill out an application.

As to what needs the shelter has, Davis said they can always use litter, cat and kitten food, paper towels, paper plates, and laundry detergent. Monetary donations are also needed to help out with medical care that Falcon provides.

Falcon Animal Rescue is having several fundraisers to help bring in some of those monetary funds. The first will kick off in July with a raffle at Davidson's Restaurant, 3636 Canfield Road. At this location, two Toby Keith concert tickets will be raffled off. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25, which the drawing scheduled for July 27.

In August, a similar drawing will be held at the Thirsty Frog, 5423 Mahoning Ave. That drawing is scheduled for Aug. 29. Winner need not be present at either drawing. The Toby Keith concert will take place in Pittsburgh on Sept. 27.

A raffle and Chinese Auction has been set for Aug. 3 at Paladin Brewery, next to the rescue shelter.

"We rely solely on fundraising and donations," Davis said. "All of these events are important."

For more information on Falcon Animal Rescue, visit www.falconanimalrescue.com where photos of adoptable kittens and cats can be seen, or stop by the shelter during regular hours as follows: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 .m. The shelter is closed to the public on Sunday and Monday.

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