The Central Fire Station along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway hosted a blood drive for the N.Y.-Penn region American Red Cross stationed out out of Buffalo, N.Y.
According to Red Cross supervisor Pat Schwarzmueller, the warm weather may have deterred donors.
"We were six percent lower than this time last year," Schwarzmueller said. "It has really pushed us this year and because it has been so warm it declines even more, since people are either staying home in air conditioning or are on vacation. So we see less and less."
Animal abandonment, particularly of cats, is a recurring problem in the area, with many being left near farms or in other remote areas.
Mary Meyer, 14, of St. Marys, recently came face-to-face with this problem while walking with her mother, Donna, and dog, Malu, near her home in the Benzinger Road area on the evening of June 19.