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Paws of PA (Camp Hill)


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Adoptable Pets in Pennsylvania
Founded in 1979, PAWS is a no-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter group dedicated to saving the lives of companion animals through spaying and neutering, pet fostering and adoption, and educational efforts. We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 membership-based organization that receives no government funding.

With the support of our members and donors in an eight-county region, PAWS has spayed or neutered more than 10,000 domestic felines in eight counties since its TNR Program began in early 2004, and facilitated almost 3,000 surgeries in 2008.


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 855
Camp Hill, PA 17001
Phone: (717) 957-8122

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
5
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
4
Rescue Groups
0
Foster Care
4
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
4
Pet Retention
0
Medical and Behavior Programs
0
Public Relations/Community Involvement
0
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
0
A Compassionate Director
0
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I have several cats that I took care of and unfortunately, they became pregnant and grew. I have contacted the organizations so many times to please take the cats so they could have good homes, and they refused. They always told me that they were filled up. One organization actually told me to put them out but in a safe area. Recently my husband went into a home for dementia, and I am left here alone. I have to move and find myself a senior home. I am disabled. I have no idea what to do with the cats. Some are partially blind, and one is blind. Is there any one out there to help me? 717-406-7856
posted by lancaster4u, on 2018-08-26 20:54:45
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I have two American pit bulls, they both just turned 3 on March 8th. Beauty is a very lovable pet, she loves love and would be great for an elderly couple or a retired person. And she's a great guard dog. Beast is a deaf dog, but he is very aggressive, we now have a newborn in the home and scared to have him around her. We have no other choice but to get rid of him but I don't want him euthanized. I think he just needs to be retrained. He does great with my fiance but Beast thinks he's dominant over the females in the household bcuz we don't know how to train dogs. I need to know the price of taking them to a no kill shelter. Please help.
posted by lumpkinstina, on 2018-03-30 22:57:43
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There are two elderly dogs at Philly ACCT on Hunting Park Ave who are scheduled for euthanized tonight. Their names are Tasha and Lily you can view them on Philly Urgent FB site. Please help!
posted by DianneAvrich, on 2018-03-19 16:39:08
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I have a question. I have three dogs and lost at home and are unable to keep them. I tried two places and they said if they have a temper they will put them down. I don't know what to do. Please let me know if you can help. Ty Susan Franklin 717-742-7318.
posted by SusanPalmertreeFranklin, on 2016-10-23 09:35:58