Centre County PAWS COVID-19 Updates

Updated: May 1, 2020

Centre County PAWS has always been committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our staff, volunteers, and animals in Centre County. As a result, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and have taken additional precautions as outlined and recommended by local and statewide government officials.

As of March 15th, Centre County PAWS has cancelled all normal business hours, training classes, and alternate programming. Appointments can be made for limited services such as fostering, adoption, Pet Pantry pick up, and animal surrender.

FOR VISITORS:

  • Those with appointments for surrender of animals, foster pick up, adoption, etc. are advised to follow our modified appointment protocol (read more here).
  • Individuals that are ill, displaying symptoms of illness, or currently caring for a friend or family member who is sick are discouraged from visiting the PAWS facility at this time. We will be happy to work with you to reschedule any upcoming appointments.
  • Because of our public closure, applications for adoption may be submitted online for consideration. A volunteer will follow-up via phone or email to discuss next steps. We ask that you be patient in our response to inquires during this unique and ever-changing time. Individuals interested adopting from PAWS should visit our pages for dog adoption or cat adoption as appropriate.
  • Dog Applicants: At this time we are only accepting applications from adopters in Centre and surrounding counties for specific adult dogs. No non-specific or puppy applicants will be accepted at this time.
  • At this time, we are not currently in need of additional cat or dog foster homes. We appreciate the community's support during this time. We encourage you to reach out to other local rescues who may be in need of additional fosters.
  • Those who are interested in “just visiting” our pets are asked to withhold any appointment requests at this time. It is important that we not only limit the number of non-essential people in our facility, but that we also focus our limited staff and volunteer power only on essential services.
  • Those with a cat or dog to surrender to PAWS should follow all normal rehoming protocol as outlined on our website. Please seek alternate rehoming resources as much as possible, as our intakes may be delayed.
  • To make an appointment for assistance from our Pet Pantry, please email Megan at megan@centrecountypaws.org or call us at 814-237-8722. We are happy to assist you.
  • We kindly ask our supporters to hold off on donations of non-essential items at this time, such as crates, blankets, and towels. Critically needed donations like cat litter, Pet Pantry food, and monetary donations are appreciated.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Our PAWS Bingo event originally rescheduled for Friday April 24th has now been cancelled. Refunds will be accepted up until April 24th. More about this event and subsequent ticket purchases or refunds can be found here.
  • PAWS Kids Club will be cancelled for the month of March. For any questions or concerns regarding your child's attendance, please contact Pat at pellenberger@hotmail.com
  • PAWS will work with families that need to reschedule any upcoming Birthday Parties in light of current events. Please contact Karen at karen1263@comcast.net directly for assistance

FOR VOLUNTEERS:

  • All upcoming volunteer trainings have been postponed and/or rescheduled. Those volunteers that have RSVP'ed to trainings will be contacted directly
  • Volunteer shifts will continue to proceed as normal, however, volunteers are encouraged to exercise caution and take priority in their own health needs. PAWS will accommodate any volunteer shift changes and work with staff to make sure our staff are supported.

ANIMALS AND COVID-19:

We have seen and heard concern expressed over transmission of COVID-19 by pets. We want to share accurate information about this to keep you and your pets safe. The bottom line is this - there is no evidence that dogs or cats play a role in the spread of COVID-19 or that dogs or cats can become ill and symptomatic from exposure to COVID-19. Virus transmission is a risk presented by other humans. Stay informed and be prepared.

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html

PA Department of Agriculture: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Agriculture_details.aspx

AVMA - SARS-CoV-2 in animals, including pets 

USDA’s Statement on Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger

Feline Coronavirus

 

We are monitoring the situation closely and following the advice from public health officials as well as local and state government mandates. The health and well-being of the animals in our care, PAWS staff and the communities we serve is always our top priority.