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Groundhog Day Mugs and Ornament Benefit Punxsutawney Pets, Plus Some Adoptable Cats

Groundhog Day Mugs benefit homeless pets!
Groundhog Day Mugs benefit homeless pets!

You may think Punxsutawney PA only has a special groundhog where animals are concerned, but Punxsy also has a lot of cats and dogs who need low-cost veterinary care, foster homes and forever homes too! You can buy this mug and ornament, designed and made locally, for $10.00 each—all proceeds benefit Just Us for the Animals to help the animal rescuers in Punxsutawney provide much-needed services to pets and stray animals on Groundhog Day and all year long.

For those who love Groundhog Day and animals…Just Us for the Animals is selling these “one of a kind” first of many novelties designed by our very own rescuer advocate and extremely talented Robin McIlvaine and made by Crooked Creek Creations of Indiana…Groundhog Day coffee mug and/or Groundhog Day ornament in honor of our hometown Punxsutawney!!

All proceeds will go to help spay & neuter local unwanted animals and our rescue efforts…$10.00 each and will be ready on Monday February 1st…preorder now by private messaging me!! Thanks and please share…as always..we appreciate your kindness!!!

About 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Punxsutawney is just about what you saw in the movie—a small town surrounded by forests and farmland. There aren’t too many options for animal rescue in town, it’s prime area for stray cats and dogs to show up needing care, and low-cost spay and neuter to help strays and owned pets isn’t easily available. Lynn Porada, one of the founding members of Just Us for the Animals, started rescuing cats and dogs and providing TNR services through occasional clinics, then found the Homeless Cat Management Team and began driving all the way from Punxsy with a truckload of cats to nearly every clinic. Then, working with Frankie’s Friends, she helped to schedule the mobile clinic to visit for clinic days.

Robin McIlvane is another co-founder of Just Us for the Animals. She is an artist and owner of RM Sign And Design in Punxsutawney and created the illustration on the mug and ornament, and had them printed at Crooked Creek Creations of Indiana, and has done many other creative projects to benefit animals in the area.

Lynn says,

We have been helping animals together for greater than 5 years…however the last few years it has intensified because the number of our resources outside of Punxsy is growing thanks to my connection with HCMT and Frankie’s Friends and Humane Pa…one night after many animals that needed help and we were the only ones to step up and help I got a call about a dog that needed out of the situation and Robin said to me…isn’t there anyone else we can get to help us foster…my come on know it is just us for the animals…and that pretty much was the truth…so it became our motto….LOL..seriously..our mission is to reduce the overpopulation first and foremost but there is always the animal in urgent need that we get called about and then it turns into rescue foster fix and then find home…I am very honored to have the help from Robin and Stephanie( another avid rescuer that I became friends with through our jobs…she is a pharmacist and I being a nurse..she is a huge part of our world…She and Robin are my angels with helping the animals…together I would say we are the dynamic trio from the Punxsy/New Bethlehem area and everywhere in between and around…

Meet some adoptable cats with Just Us for the Animals!


Fluffy is a huge loving fella searching for his forever home. He loves to curl up on a chair near you and watch you all day. Fluffy needed out of a bad situation. Just help. Contact Just Us for more info at [email protected] Fluffy is located near Punxsutawney. He is neutered and fully vetted.


Sunny came from humans in need and is looking for a home to call his own. Sunny LOVES to cuddle. If you can give him a home, PLEASE contact Just us at [email protected] for more info on Sunny. He is neutered and fully vetted.


When a home is subzero as well as the street, some people just need help. This is how Serina landed with Just Us. He is frisky and friendly. And yes he has a girl name! If you can give this big fella a home, please contact Just Us at [email protected] He is fully vetted and neutered.


Tux is a little ‘faker’. Pretends to be deaf but is rather indifferent! He just wants to be loved. Look at his torn up ear…he needs a great home but at least is off of the mean street. Contact us for more info.

About Just Us for the Animals

The mission is to “Promote spay and neuter to reduce pet overpopulation. Educate on TNR (trap, neuter and release) of feral cats. Rescue of local animals in need.”

Our spay/neuter mission is to reduce the overpopulation of animals especially in our area by promoting spay and neuter along with education of TNR(trap, neuter and release) of the feral cats through low cost programs. Our rescue mission is to be the bridge for the unwanted animal between being homeless to getting adopted through a rescue or shelter. Our efforts include getting the animal complete vet care including spay/neuter, dewormed, and vaccinated to transporting the animal to the rescue or shelter where the animal will await adoption into a furever home. Most of the time the funding comes from our own pockets however donations are greatly appreciated to help with any and all of our efforts. We came up with the name of this page because most times when the rescues and shelters are full it comes down to being just us for the animals in our area!!
“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world of that one animal”!!!

Visit their page on Facebook.


Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.

There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.

  • Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
  • Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
  • Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
  • Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
  • Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.

If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.

Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives

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One thought on “Groundhog Day Mugs and Ornament Benefit Punxsutawney Pets, Plus Some Adoptable Cats

  • pilch92

    That is a great idea.


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