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Central PA Humane Society

1837 E Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602, United States

Adoption policy

THE CENTRAL PA HUMANE SOCIETY – A LIFESAVING SHELTER There are no time limits for animals in our shelter. Animals remain available for adoption as long as they are physically and mentally healthy. The Central PA Humane Society does not euthanize adoptable pets. The designation of “no-kill” can be applied to any shelter that euthanizes less than 10 percent of their animals a year, for reasons of health and temperament. CPHS has met this designation and has provided a safe haven and forever homes to more than 90% of animals that enter our facility. Our adoption programs, our outreach to rescue groups, and our use of foster care have created a flow of animals in and out of our shelter that, more often than not, leaves us with space available. CPHS won’t euthanize for illness that can be treated, behavior that can be modified, or for length of stay, providing there is quality of life for the pet. Because definitions such as treatable and modified can vary with each case and we question the need for definitions or catch-phrases, we at CPHS choose to refer to our shelter and the work we do here as “LIFE SAVING” rather than “No-Kill.”

  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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