Annual hockey game benefits local animal shelter

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The Johnstown Tomahawks took a break from playing on the ice to play with some pups at the Cambria County Humane Society.

The Tomahawks are raising awareness for their 6th Annual PUCKS & PAWS hockey game on Sunday, March 18. The game raises money and pet food and supplies for the Cambria County Humane Society.

“Adopt, don’t shop,” said Defenseman Reagan Wortz.

“It’s pretty sad a lot of times because they don’t necessarily come from good situations. They come from being stray or being abused,” Wortz said.

Players are encouraging fans to adopt pets from the shelter and donate dog food and other pet supples at the annual game.

The volunteer-based humane society is a no-kill shelter and always needs donations.

“Our shelter stays at maximum capacity everyday because as fast as we’re able to adopt animals out, there’s more animals on a list waiting to come in,” said Cambria County Humane Society Executive Director Jessica Vamos.

Wortz and the other players said it’s sometimes hard being away from home.

“You’re so focused on missing your family, but you also don’t want to say you miss your dogs just as much,” said Wortz.

They hope the animals at the shelter can find loving homes, too.

“It’s saddening, but it’s also hopeful because you hope they’re adopted,” Wortz said.

The PUCKS & PAWS game takes place on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at 1st Summit Arena at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown.

Fans can donate money and pet food or supplies at the game.

You can even bring your four-legged hockey fan for $5 and show them off during a pet parade on the ice.

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