Centre County PAWS COVID-19 Updates

Updated: July 7, 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.

PAWS will re-open for our normal business hours on June 6. We will be limiting the number of visitors in the building at one time. While no appointment is required, we ask that you only visit us if you are requesting services (SNAP vouchers, trap rentals, Pet Pantry) or seriously interested in adopting an animal. We look forward to serving those interested in "just visiting" our animals at some point in the future.


  • Any visitor during open hours or 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 if locked or enter the lobby in the designated spots and await further instruction.
    • Visitors will be asked to register at the front desk with their name and phone number, should future contact tracing be necessary.
    • Visitor spots are reserved for those seeking services (SNAP, Pet Pantry food, trap rental, etc.) and those seriously interested in adopting.
  • Those with appointments for surrender of animals, foster pick up, adoption, etc. are advised to follow our modified appointment protocol (read more here).
  • Applications for adoption may be submitted in person or online for consideration. 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: No non-specific applications for adult dogs will be accepted at this time. Though we do not have puppies available at this time, we are accepting non-specific puppy applications so we can be prepared once we do have puppies.
  • 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.
  • Fostered Kittens: Kittens (and cats) who are in foster homes only come in to PAWS on the weekends to be shown to the public.
  • Foster Dog Showing: The 12-2pm Sunday foster dog showing will be modified greatly from our normal "open house" style showing. We will only be showing a small selection of foster dogs each Sunday. You can check out the dog bios on our website or look on our social media pages to find out which foster dogs will be available to meet on a given Sunday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Volunteer Training: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all new volunteer training classes have been suspended indefinitely. We look forward to accepting new volunteers once we are able.


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.