How it Works
A Friend for Life
If you’re looking for a wonderful life-long companion, then you’ve come to the right place!
CPHS has many animals of every shape and size to choose from. During the animal’s stay, the shelter staff and volunteers provide many enriching activities, such as walks, outings, behavior training and socialization.
Step 1: Before You Adopt
Make sure everyone in your family understands the commitment of owning a pet. Additionally, if you rent, check with your landlord to ensure pets are allowed where you live.
Step 2: Complete an Adoption Application
All potential adopters must complete an adoption application. Applications are available here and at the shelter’s front desk.
Open application, complete online and save to your computer as a PDF file.
Follow instructions in Step 3 for sending to us
Step 3: Submit Your Application
After completing your Adoption Application please drop it off at the shelter or mail to:
Central PA Humane Society
1837 East Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602
Fax to: (814) 942-8505
Email to: for dogs or for cats to
Note: There is a $5.00, non-refundable application fee that must be paid before visiting with an animal. CPHS keeps all adoption applications on file for six months; a second visit within that time does not require another application unless it is for a different species.
Step 4: Finding the Right Pet
Browse our available pets online or stop by and visit us at the shelter. To help find your best match, feel free to bring your children and furry family members to the shelter for a play date.
Please keep in mind that as a rule we cannot hold animals for anyone.
Step 5: Welcoming Your New Pet
Please keep in mind that there is no such thing as the “Perfect Pet.” Any adopted animal will require training, patience and ample time to adjust to their new home. We are always here to help if you need some additional guidance or assistance.
The Path to a Forever Home
At CPHS, we want all the animals in our care to find them a forever home. However, we have to make sure that forever home includes an adopter who is that animal’s perfect match. Adoption applications are not approved on a first-come, first-serve basis; instead, we are committed to finding adopters who not only click with our animals but are able to meet our adoption criteria.
CPHS Standards for Adoption
Animals are available for adoption to residents living within the adoption area of the Central PA Humane Society, including Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon, Cambria, Somerset, Centre and Clearfield counties. All persons living in household are required to be involved in the selection of the pet. If the adopter is living at home with parents, parents must be present at the time of adoption.
Verbal permission of the landlord is required for persons living on rental property.
Animals will be placed with adults of legal age, to be kept as indoor, household pets. They are not to serve as guard dogs, hunters, or mousers.
Owners are required to provide each companion animal with adequate food, water, shelter, space, exercise, veterinary care, and humane treatment. Cruelty and/or neglect shall be deemed to exist if this animal is: (a) inadequately maintained for health (current vaccines and rabies inoculations, food, water, housing, and minimal physical grooming); (b) repetitively running at large creating a public health, welfare, and safety problem; (c) physically harmed in any way
No animal will be adopted as a gift for another person.
According to Pennsylvania Dog Laws, all dogs must be kept under control and not to be allowed to run at large. Because chained dogs are at higher risk of being stolen, a fenced yard is recommended. This provision can be waived at the discretion of the Humane Society staff.
Cats will not be declawed. Humane alternatives to scratching or clawing will be implemented (e.g., Soft Paws, scratchers, trimming nails). Any questions about implementing humane alternatives to declawing? Please contact us.
No animal will be adopted to persons having an extensive history of losing, giving away, selling, or having animals injured or killed by moving vehicles.
Animals that are known to have exhibited vicious tendencies or other serious behavioral disorders are not available for adoption.
Benefits of Adopting
Open Your Heart
Every day, people just like you open their hearts and homes to our loving shelter animals. Rescuing or adopting a homeless cat, dog, or critter is truly a selfless act that gives a pet the chance to enjoy a happy, fulfilling life.
Your new pet will thank you with loyalty, companionship and unconditional love.
Benefits of Adopting
Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding things you can do for you and the pet. From emotional benefits to physical benefits, pets can impact our lives in tremendous ways. In addition, there are many other benefits when you choose to adopt a shelter pet.
A Large Selection
The Central PA Humane Society has lovable dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages. Your chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle and family are excellent!
About 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. The rest make up the best selection anywhere of unique, one-of-a-kind mixed breeds. Mixed breed dogs are often healthier, longer-lived, more intelligent, and have a more stable temperament than purebreds.
Shelter Animals Make Great Pets
Many pets end up in shelters because of circumstances beyond their control. They’re victims of a death, illness, divorce, a new baby, or a move that didn’t include them. A second-hand pet in no way means second-rate.
Most of our shelter residents are healthy, affectionate animals. Many have already lived with a human family and have the basic training, socialization, and cooperative skills they need to become part of your household.
The staff at CPHS can give you great insight into a pet’s personality. We evaluate each dog’s behavior upon arrival and become familiar with their disposition. This valuable information helps us make optimal matches between homes and pets, and helps you make you the most appropriate adoption decision.
You Can Save Lives
One of the most rewarding aspects of adopting a shelter dog is the simple fact that you’re saving a life and giving a deserving animal a new home. It feels great to help an animal in need, and after living in a shelter, your new pet will be especially appreciative of the wonderful life you’re going to give him.
But that’s not all. Your adoption fee will benefit other animals, too. By adopting an animal, you will support the Central PA Humane Society and help us to continue caring for many homeless pets in our Blair County community.
Another advantage to adopting is that shelter animals are a real bargain! An adoption fee is much lower than the cost of buying a dog from a pet store or breeder.
Our adoption packages include spaying or neutering, so you won’t have to pay for the cost of surgery. Our pets are given a physical exam, vaccinations, and are dewormed. We also include microchipping to help you locate a lost pet.