How to Adopt a PAWS Dog

Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and support from our community, we find homes for hundreds of animals each year. No animal has a time limit - adoptable animals stay with PAWS until they find new homes.

Adoption Process

To ensure that PAWS dogs and adopters are properly matched and all homes are "forever homes," we have an application process for all adoptions. Please allow several days for our volunteers to process your application.

Each potential adopter will first complete an Adoption Application that must be reviewed in person by an adoption counselor before approval (Adoption Applications are not considered complete when submitted via email or standard mail). This requirement includes adopters from outside of Centre County. Applications can be for a specific dog or may be "non-specific" for puppies (dogs under 1 year of age). An applicant who has been already been approved to adopt and offers an appropriate home for the specific dog may adopt as soon as the dog is available. Approved non-specific puppy applications are held for 90 days and can be renewed for up to 1 year. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to show valid government identification.

The adoption counselor who meets one-on-one with you will ask questions regarding your residence, other people living in the household, lifestyle and other pets you may own to ensure the best match is made.

Adoption Fees

Adoption Fees for Dogs by Age Group
Age of Dog Adoption Fee
Adult Dogs (1 year of age and older) $115 - 200
Adolescents (6 months - 1 year of age) $200 - 300
Puppies (up to 6 months of age) $250 - 400

Centre County PAWS provides valuable care and treatment for dogs and cats in need. In 2017, we found homes for over 900 animals. Some of those animals were in need of an extraordinary amount of medical intervention. Our veterinary community works tirelessly with PAWS to provide a high quality of life for the dogs and cats in our care. Our adoption fees cover only a portion of PAWS' average cost per dog.

Variable dog adoption pricing allows us to provide top quality care for our animals. Having a higher adoption fee for some dogs or puppies who will find their forever home quickly enables us to care for animals in need of lifesaving medical and behavioral intervention. Our variable pricing helps us to provide excellent care for dogs who reside in our shelter for a longer stay.

What PAWS Provides Before Adoption

  • Spay/neuter of the dog/puppy (info on pediatric spay/neuter)
  • Distemper and Bordetella vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination (for appropriate aged dogs)
  • Initial Deworming
  • Heartworm & Lyme Disease Testing (for appropriate aged dogs)
  • A free first vet visit in Centre County
  • HomeAgain Microchip Implant*
    • *Includes 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline Care, Found Pet Travel Assistance, and Lost Pet Posters


You'll work with an adoption counselor to schedule your adoption. Before you arrive, check out our Dog Care Information Sheet.

If you are still looking for a dog, please stop by during any of our open hours and pay us a visit! If you haven't found the dog you're looking for through PAWS, please visit There are thousands of dogs waiting to be rescued and one of them is perfect for you!