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The Shelter Scoop

November 2017 Volunteer Newsletter from Centre County PAWS

Hello <<First Name>>!

Upcoming Events


High Level Handler Training

Wednesday, November 8 from 5:30-6:30PM: If you're interested in learning more about how to handle level 3 and 4 dogs OR how to mentor new high level handlers, stop by for helpful tips and tricks!

Emergency Preparedness Training

Learn about our new plan for handling various emergencies at PAWS! The next two training sessions are:
Thursday, November 9 from 5:30-6:45
Tuesday, November 21 from 5:30-6:45

Black Friday Cat Promotion

What: Adoption fee for black or mostly black cats reduced by half; dog side will be open to the public as well, but with no change in fees
When: Friday (2-7PM), Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving
Why: To highlight our black and mostly black cats and to pick up on an already popular marketing theme (Black Friday)

Save the Date: Holiday Potluck

Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 PM for some holiday cheer and beer at our annual PAWS potluck!

Seeking Volunteers For:


Holiday Fostering

When we are closed for the holiday season, we like to get as many animals as possible into temporary foster homes. It helps to have less animals in the shelter in order to lighten the load for the volunteers who do still come in to care for them. If you are interested in being holiday foster, please contact Deb at for cat fostering, or for dog fostering contact Nancy at and Virginia at The last day we are open to the public is December 20, and we will re-open on January 6.

Sewing Bed Covers

We are still seeking volunteers who can sew covers for our dog beds. We have pre-cut pieces on top of the chest freezer in the basement, along with instructions on how to sew them. Please feel free to take some home to sew, or contact for more information.

Lost and Found Email Monitoring

We are looking for someone to regularly check our Lost and Found email account and to relay information to the appropriate channels when we do receive those emails. This is a great responsibility for someone who would like to volunteer from home since it can be accomplished entirely online. Having access to Facebook is helpful. If you are interested, please contact for more information.

Volunteer of the Month: Tess Crossen

Tess logged 1,500 hours, earning a blog feature!

This month's Volunteer of the Month is Tess Crossen, who is a Dog Adoption Counselor and manages our dog information on the website! Congratulations Tess! Check out the blog to learn more about Tess here:
The Volunteer of the Month gets a blog feature on our website and their very own parking space! The Volunteer of the Month can be anyone who logged hours during the previous month or a volunteer who has recently logged 1,500 hours. The volunteer will be contacted via email. If a youth volunteer wins, their parent or guardian will be able to use the parking space.  Make sure to log your hours!

We Met Our New Best Friend In October!

Cat Adoptions

Year to Date: 423 placements
Dog Adoptions

Year to Date: 306 placements

Changes to Volunteer Rewards

We have several volunteers who are close to logging MORE hours than we currently have rewards for (which is a GREAT problem to have) so we decided to update our rewards system. The new rewards are:

12 hours - Name tag
75 hours - Volunteer button
200 hours - Paw print button
500 hours - Volunteer t-shirt
1000 hours - Gift card
1500 hours - Newsletter and blog feature 
2000 hours - Volunteer hoodie
2500 hours - Thank you note
3000 hours - Another gift card
4000 hours - Fleece jacket or blanket 
5000 hours - Letter from the Board

Please remember to log your volunteer hours. Not only do they help us keep track of all the help PAWS receives from our wonderful volunteers, but they can also earn you any of these awesome rewards as a token of our appreciation!

Adoption Follow Ups

Love following up on our furry friends? Lots of our adopters check back in and while we can't post them all here, we post them on our Facebook page.  Check out the Happy Endings photo album on Facebook.

"Benton and I are doing AWESOME! He has become my best friend :) think he loves all of the attention that he gets, because it is just him and I in my apartment! His favorite place is my bed! He has attended several of my study sessions with fellow coworkers/graduate students and seems to get along with any one who will rub his belly! He is a great study buddy!"
Cricket (on the right) is a senior cat who got a second chance in June  when someone looked past his age and adopted him. His mom recently checked in to say that he has adjusted well and feels right at home!

Andy's family checked in to say: "We just adore him! He is such a sweet heart, so smart, and so easy... Thank you so much for hooking him up with us! We are SO grateful!! P.S. I can't believe he was OK with me taking him kayaking for a little bit haha!"

Choosing Sophie

Sophie is a nine year old cat who spent 470 days at PAWS. We featured her adoption in a previous month's newsletter because her adopters were some of one of the most excited couples that has ever adopted from PAWS, and it was so great to see them so excited about adopting a senior cat. The young couple who adopted our sweet senior Sophie checked in recently to tell us how well she is doing in their home, saying

"Sophie is amazing and somehow we manage to love her more each day!!! She adjusted so well! She wakes up with us every morning and comes to the door when we get off of work!!  Sorry for all the pictures but she’s very photogenic!"

Happy November Birthday!

  • Deborah Morton
  • Carissa Bailey
  • Kimberly Tierney
  • Maxine Fox
  • Erica Blanco
  • Jennifer Conklin
  • Diane Stude
  • Samantha Davis
  • Caitlyn Shanahan
  • Tess Moore
  • Nicole Kocis
  • Chloe Melnick
  • Melina Pinamonti
  • Caten Cordes
  • Isabella Spadafora
  • Olivia Patchell
  • Emma Hildebrand
  • Julia Falco
  • Danielle Ryle
  • Kim Sharp
  • Sean Kelly
  • Jamie Weaver
  • Paige Miller
  • Katrina Hartman
  • Freddy Galindo
  • Mallory Meehan
  • Lindsay Simmins
  • Nicole Winters
  • Patrick Elliott
  • Alyssa Bienvenu
  • Julia Ortiz
  • William Elder
  • Kim Hummel
  • Gabrielle Horn
  • Jane Ireland
  • Dawn Sauer
  • Bronwen McLaughlin
  • Carolyn Lambert
  • Youcef Boureghda
  • Kaye Winters
  • Judy Colburn
  • Olivia Glossner
  • Corinne Phillips Romero
  • Matthew Lucchi
  • Nicola Borkowska
  • Brianna Pruden
  • Kathryn Porter
  • Brenda Paula
  • Kayla King
  • Sandra Yohe
  • Kara Johnson
  • Brooke Stafford
  • Julia Laplante
  • Laura Reed-Morrisson
  • Destiny Hackett
  • Grace Leri
  • Kristin Ortiz
  • Muwen Liu
  • Jessica He
  • Kyle Davis
  • Elizabeth Flaherty
  • Jeannette Macaluso
  • Patti Wnek
  • Yvonne Riley
How are we doing? We appreciate you taking a moment to complete a quick survey.
Centre County PAWS
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