Centre County PAWS COVID-19 Updates

Updated: March 2, 2021

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.

PAWS is open "by appointment" only at this time. Please see below for specific instructions on how to set up an appointment.


  • How to set up an appointment:
    • For adoptions: Fill out an online application on our How to Adopt page for cats or dogs. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted to set up an appointment.
    • For rehoming: Fill out an online surrender form. You will be contacted for an appointment when we are able to assist. 
    • For general operations assistance: Please email megan@centrecountypaws.org to set up an appointment. 
  • Any visitor with a scheduled appointment is required to follow our visitor expectations:
    • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 (or caring for those with COVID-19) are not permitted in the building.
    • Hand sanitize before and after all interactions if hand washing is not possible.
    • Practice reasonable social distancing by staying 6 feet apart as much as possible.
    • Masks are required inside the building and during any outdoor multi-person interactions. Those without masks will not be permitted into the building. The only exception to this is children 2 years of age or younger. Volunteers and staff may assist over the phone or outside the building at their discretion.
    • Visitors should ring the doorbell
    • Visitor spots are reserved for those seeking services (SNAP, Pet Pantry food, trap rental, etc.) and those with scheduled
  • Those with appointments for surrender of animals, foster pick up, adoption, etc. are advised to follow our modified appointment protocol (read more here).
  • Dog Applicants: No non-specific applications for adult dogs will be accepted at this time. We are regularly bringing in new puppies, so are accepting non-specific puppy applications via our "How to Adopt a PAWS Dog" page
  • Cat Applicants: Applications may be submitted via our "How to Adopt a PAWS Cat" page. Our Adoption Counselors will work with you to find the right match. 
  • Foster Home Applicants: We are accepting new foster home applications. See our foster page for more information. We particularly need homes willing to foster litters of kittens or puppies and homes with no children or other pets for our more selective PAWS animals.
  • Rehoming an Animal: 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.
  • Assistance from PAWS: Those in need of services such as Pet Pantry food or supplies should email mandy@centrecountypaws.org to set up an appointment for pick up. Those in need of trap rental should email megan@centrecountypaws.org to arrange pickup. We will happily help you as soon as possible! 
  • Donations: 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.
  • Educational Programming: The PAWS Reading Program and Birthday Party Program are currently on hold. Check back later for possible virtual options. 
  • New Volunteer Training: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all new dog and front desk volunteer training classes have been suspended indefinitely. We look forward to accepting new volunteers once we are able. Cat training classes will be held in very limited numbers, for local residents only. See our cat training website for more information as classes are scheduled. 
  • Community Service Volunteers: At this time we are accepting a very limited number of Community Service volunteers for mid-day, socially distanced and primarily outdoor service (read more here).


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.