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.
General 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.
Puppy Adoption Process
PAWS works with an out-of-state rescue group to bring puppies to the area most months of the year. Puppies are considered very desirable in our community, so are chosen very quickly! For this reason, we recommend people who are interested in adopting a puppy complete an application that is "non-specific" for a puppy. When our puppies arrive, our "pre-approved" adopters can work with their Adoption Counselor and request to meet the new pups before the general public has had the opportunity to do so. This is typically immediately before our our normal 12-2 foster showings (so usually 11:30 am). All puppies must be spayed/neutered before adoption, so there may be a waiting period before you bring your new addition home, but we work hard to make things go as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Before applying, please note that we generally do not adopt more than one puppy at a time into any household. This is to ensure the new pup bonds to the family members, rather than becoming too heavily dependent upon one another. Additionally, while puppies are very cute, please do your research and evaluate your lifestyle to determine if you are in a good place to adopt an energetic puppy, who will be in need of training. If you're ready to make a lifelong commitment, we'll be here waiting!
Age of Dog
Adult Dogs (over 1 year of age)
Adolescents (6 months - 1 year of age)
Puppies (up to 6 months of age)
Dogs and puppies in high public demand
$115 - 200
$250 - 400
$200 - 400
Centre County PAWS provides valuable care and treatment for dogs and cats in need. In 2016, we found homes for nearly 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