Frequently Asked Questions

What is your service area?

We provide services to Antrim, Montgomery, Peters, Quincy, Warren, and Washington townships and the boroughs of Mont Alto, Waynesboro, Greencastle, and Mercersburg.

Are you a no-kill shelter?

We are an open admission shelter, meaning any stray animal from our service area will be accepted. This means that unfortunately, sometimes we do have to euthanize, but we reserve this for animals that are either very sick or injured to the point that medical treatment will not help OR if the animal is aggressive to the point that it is unsafe for staff to handle. Aggression is never determined immediately. That decision is made after several attempts to work with the animal, as well as time for the animal to decompress.

No-kill standards mean that a shelter’s live-release rate is 90%+. During high-peak intake months, specifically for cats during spring/summer kitten season, this percentage is harder to reach because with such a large intake, it is easier for illness to spread, causing animals, especially kittens, to pass away on their own.

We do not euthanize for space or because an animal has been here for too long.

The best way to help us maintain our mission of no-kill is for the community to spay/neuter their pets as well as our community cats.

Do you receive any government funding?

We do not receive any funding from local or state governments. We rely exclusively on donations from our generous community of supporters.

I have a stray/feral cat on my property. What should I do?

First, you will want to take note if the cat is healthy. Additionally, look for a tipped-ear or a collar. If a cat has either of these and it appears healthy, this cat is being cared for and should be left alone.

Second, if the cat is not causing a nuisance* and it appears healthy, it is best to leave the cat alone, or if you think it needs spayed/neutered, rent a trap from the shelter and check out our spay/neuter resource pages.

Ultimately, if a cat seems safe and healthy, the best option is to get it spayed/neutered and return it to where you found it. The shelter should be the absolute last resort for any animal.

*if a cat is causing a nuisance, contact the shelter to discuss mitigation practices. The vast majority of the time, once a cat is spayed/neutered, nuisance behavior will stop.

Do you accept donations of opened food/treats?

Yes, we appreciate any donations of food or treats for our animals.

Do you pick up stray animals?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide this service. If a stray dog is running loose, please contact county dog warden at 717-762-9794. You may also contact your local police department. For stray cats, please see the question regarding stray/feral cats.

I found an injured/orphaned bird, rabbit, or other wild animal. What should I do?

We are not able to accept wild animals. Please contact the game warden at 814-643-1831.

Do you rent humane traps for TNVR?

Yes! And thank you for caring enough about our community cats to get them spayed/neutered and vaccinated!

Traps can be rented for a $50.00 refundable* deposit.


*trap must come back on stated return date and in the condition it was rented out to receive a refund of your deposit.