Frequently Asked Questions

Below our answers to our most frequently asked questions.  If you have additional questions or would like more information please contact us at (814) 942-5402.

Where does CPHS get funding to operate?

CPHS is a non-profit organization, not a municipal or government agency, so we do not receive government funds other than fees for service. We rely solely on donations from our local community to serve our animals and community. We receive minimal funding from national organizations, such as HSUS or the ASPCA.

Is CPHS a no-kill shelter?

Some shelters promote that they are “no kill”, which may be misleading or unrealistic. In some cases, humane euthanasia may be necessary due to medical or behavior issues.

There is no time limit on how long we keep an animal; we do not euthanize based on length of stay. As long as an animal remains medically and behaviorally healthy, it will remain at our shelter until adoption.

What geographic area does CPHS serve?

CPHS primarily serves Blair County PA.

What types of animals does CPHS house?

The shelter residents include dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and hamsters. We occasionally care for reptiles and pot bellied pigs.

What does CPHS’ adoption package include?

Our adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, first round of vaccinations, rabies shot, ID tag, deworming, leukemia test (cats), and 30 days of pet health insurance.

I need to surrender my pet. Will you help me?

CPHS assists pet owners in every way possible to prevent them from having to give up their pet. Please call us at 814-942-5402 so we can help you.

If you are unable to find a new home for your pet and need to surrender him, acceptance is dependent on space. We do request that you make an appointment before bringing your pet to us. Additionally, a surrender fee is required.

There are stray pets in my neighborhood. Will you come pick them up?

In some areas, CPHS is unable to pick up stray animals. In these cases, we offer affordable rentals of humane traps for strays. Your local police may be able to offer assistance.

I need to have my pet put to sleep. Will you help me?

CPHS does not offer humane euthanasia for the public.  We do have cremation service available for owned pets. Our fees vary based on the size of your pet. Please call our shelter at 814-942-5402 for more information.

I think someone is abusing/neglecting their pet. What do I do?

We encourage you to contact the CPHS Humane Officer at 814-942-3780 to promptly investigate the situation. Complainant information is kept strictly confidential. If the situation is occurring in the City of Altoona, contact Officer Mike Daversa at 814-949-2499.

Do you board animals?

No. CPHS provides services for stray and surrendered animals in our community.

Does CPHS provide free or low-cost veterinary care?

CPHS does NOT offer veterinarian services for the public.

How can I help the shelter animals at CPHS?

There are many ways you can help the animals. CPHS has a “wish list” of items regularly used to care for our animals. Donations of your time as a volunteer helps CPHS achieve the tasks needed to operate the shelter and take care of the animals.

Donations of money help to offset the costs of operating the shelter, such as paying for utilities or buying supplies that haven’t been donated. And, if and when you are able, adopt your next pet from CPHS.

I’d like to volunteer at CPHS. What volunteer jobs are available?

There are many jobs that you can do, and we welcome you! Opportunities include cage cleaning, clerical duties, laundry, fundraising events, animal socializing, and photography (for website). Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 814-942-5402, ext. 102, for more details.

What can I do to help control the community’s pet overpopulation?

Quite simply, CPHS encourages that you spay or neuter your pets. Monetary donations to our Spay Days program helps us provide lost cost spay / neuter surgeries to pet owners with financial difficulty.

Also, we respectfully request that you adopt pets from animal shelters. In many cases, we have purebred and “designer” dogs and cats waiting for new homes.

What advice would you give a new pet owner?

First and foremost, spay or neuter your pet. Take the time to research the breed of animal prior to adopting, since pet ownership is a lifelong commitment.

Keep your pet up-to-date on all vaccines, not just rabies. Annual checkups are encouraged to keep your pet as healthy as possible.

Give your pet time to adjust in his new home, and promptly correct behavior issues that may arise. There are many resources to help you with this.

Make time for exercise and for play.

Keep ID on your pet at all times, or have your pet microchipped. Also, take pictures of your pet from various angles to help identify your pet if he ever becomes lost.

Last, but not least, appreciate the unconditional love your pet can bring you!