CPAA membership is open to any rescue, individual or
business which supports the No More Homeless Pets initiative and
the fundamental, no-kill philosophies upon which CPAA was built,
including that no animal is killed simply because it is injured,
old, aggressive or simply alive. Only when an animal
is too injured, sick, or aggressive to be rehabilitated through
veterinary or behavioral care is euthanasia acceptable.
Spay/Neuter - CPAA believes that the best way to stop the
killing of innocent animals is to aggressively address the
problem of overpopulation through spay/neuter programs that
are widespread and readily available to the community. In
support of this belief, CPAA promotes the spay/neuter of
every animal prior to being adopted.
Adoptions - CPAA believes that we are stronger working together
than battling common issues alone. That is why we have created
this network of rescue partners working together to place more
animals into homes through adoption. We host regular events to
showcase adoptable animals, offer behavioral training programs
and provide resources to help increase adoption rates.
Education - CPAA believes that the conditions for the animals
will improve only when the community surrounding them fully understands
the need for better treatment, better laws and more proactive
approaches to the issues they face. We host monthly meetings
which are open to the public and provide speakers for community
groups and schools, as well as interacting with the public through
the services we offer in the hopes of building community awareness
and the overwhelming need for the participation in reaching the
If you believe and support the same goals on which CPAA was
founded, we encourage you to complete the application for membership
and submit it for consideration. We look forward to hearing from
In addition to being part of a commnity of like-minded rescue
volunteers, CPAA offers many benefits as a part of membership.
Emergency Veterinary Medical Fund Grants -
CPAA's member groups may apply to the Board of Directors for
an emergency veterinary medical grant. Grant guidelines can be
found in the files area of CPAA Updates on Yahoo!
Van - For a small fee, CPAA member
groups may use CPAA's spay/neuter van to host wellness, spay/neuter,
and micro-chipping clinics. Pat and Michele are available to
answer questions, order supplies, and offer advice. Member groups
are responsible for obtaining a licensed veterinarian and veterinary
assistant for their clinic, scheduling appointments, lining up
volunteers, ordering supplies, and paying the fee. CPAA will
order supplies upon request. A
vaccination/wellness clinic is an easy way for member groups
to raise some much-needed funds! Please click HERE to view more
information about using the CPAA van, and email email@example.com if you would like to use CPAA’s surgical van for a low cost spay/neuter or vaccine clinic.
Hounds of Prison
Education(HOPE) - CPAA member groups may place
a rescued dog in the HOPE program. This gives the HOPE dog
training and additional exposure, and frees up a space that
the group can use to help another dog in need. More details
on the HOPE program are included under Our Ongoing Programs section
Networking- Those who are active members of
CPAA can attest to our networking benefits. Our rescue partners and
other animal welfare organizations include knowledgeable and
passionate individuals who are happy to share information, resources,
and stories or to lend an ear when needed.
Our Ongoing Programs
De-Sex in the City -
Begun in May 2005, De-Sex in the City began as a free spay/neuter
program for dogs and cats in the Harrisburg area. When CPAA
purchased its own mobile veterinary van, the program teamed
up with Castaway Critters. In the past few years, the scope
of the program has broadened. Today, De-Sex in the City:
Provides free spay/neuter and vaccinations to inner-city
Provides low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations and referrals
to residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, York, and Perry
Provides free use humane cat traps for Trap Neuter Return
of feral cats in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, and Perry
of Prison Education (HOPE) - Begun in March
2005, the HOPE program works with the State Correctional
Institution at Camp Hill and CPAA member rescues. Many
of the dogs involved in the program have mild to severe
behavior and social issues, have been in foster care
for an extra long period of time or just need some extra
one-on-one attention to get them ready for adoption.
Through HOPE, these dogs are paired with carefully screened
inmates for a 6-12 week period. The inmates work weekly
with a professional trainer and with prison staff and
HOPE volunteers to provide the dogs with basic obedience
training, socialization, behavior modification, and one-on-one
attention. The dogs involved in the program graduate
with a wealth of valuable skills that help give them
a paw up on finding a home. You can reach HOPE by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-525-0391.
Low-Cost/Free Vaccination & Microchipping Clinics - CPAA offers both
free and low-cost vaccination and micro-chipping clinics
with member partners and area shelters. Click here for more information.
Operation CatNIP - In March 2007, CPAA, Castaway Critters,
and Tri-County OIC began offering low-cost spay/neuter
and vaccination clinics targeted to pet cats and feral
cats for residents of the City of Harrisburg. Annette (email@example.com),
from Castaway Critters, coordinates this joint program.
with Fashion - In the fall of
2004, CPAA, with the support of the West Short Country Club,
Talbots, and Ten Thousand Villages, presented its first luncheon
and fashion show. Now an annual event, Compassion with Fashion
is a fun-filled day with local celebrities and canine and human
models representing CPAA member groups. Zella (Zella@cpaa.info)
coordinates this event. Our 8th Annual Compassion with Fashion
will be held on May 1st, 2011.
Home for the Holidays -
From December 2003 through December 2006, CPAA presented
an evening of good food, fine wine, and holiday music with
the Eakin Trio at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers. The evening
also included a silent auction and raffles to help support
CPAA and its programs. Home for the Holidays moved to the
California Cafe in Carlisle in 2007 where the event continues
to be a wonderful way to support CPAA.
Hot Dog and Bake Sales - During the summer
months, CPAA schedules hot dog and bake sales at a variety
of locations throughout central Pennsylvania.
National Feral Cat Day - This event is held
each October 16.
Spay Day USA - This event is held the last
Tuesday in February.
Spay-Ghetti and No Balls Dinner - Each spring,
CPAA offers an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meat/meatless
balls dinner. The evening also includes raffles to help support
CPAA and its programs. Zella (Zella@cpaa.info)
coordinates this event.
Woofstock - In spite of the pouring rain,
more than 3,000 people braved the rain in Woofstock's first
year (2005). Since then, this fun-filled community-wide event
for people and their companion animals continues to grow and
Grateful Dog Walk - Starting at City Island, this fundraiser has bands playing throughout
the day, food, contests, demonstrations, spay/neuter information,
low-cost vaccines and micro-chipping, raffles, rescue group
booths and much more.
In addition to our ongoing programs and events, CPAA offers
other fundraisers to support its mission and to continue its
programs. Our fundraisers have included:
Bon Ton Community Days
Links for Life
Mary Kay cosmetics
Sub and Pretzel sandwich sales
newsletter is published twice annually and volunteers,
rescue partners and sponsors are encourage to submit articles
for inclusion. Click here to join our mailing list.
Our Internet Communities
CPAA has four communities on Yahoo! Groups:
CPAA Dogs is a community where members of CPAA
can post dogs that currently are safe in foster homes, but are
available for adoption.
CPAA Fosters is a community for those who are
looking for foster homes and for those who are willing to open
their homes to a dog in need of temporary care.
CPAA Transports is a community for those who
need assistance with transports and for those willing to do a
bit of driving in order to help a rescue group.
CPAA Updates is a community for members of
CPAA to post information on upcoming events, programs, fundraisers,
updates on animal law issues, and benefits of which member rescues
can take advantage. It is also a place to share resources and
information. This group has the largest membership, and has the
most general purpose of all of CPAA's groups.
CPAA's website not only includes information about CPAA programs
and events, but also includes information on rescue partners,
partner events, and rescue partner adoptable animals! We ask
all member groups to include a link on their website to CPAA's
of Limehat & Company (firstname.lastname@example.org), serves as the webmaster for CPAA. Please send any questions you
have about the website to her.
Now you know what CPAA can offer you ...
what can YOU bring
If you're interested in and passionate about animal welfare
-- join us at our monthly meetings and get involved!
Support CPAA's events and programs, link to CPAA's website,
post information on our events and programs and invite
your family and friends to attend our events and programs
Join our Internet communities and share your knowledge
Purchase items through CPAA's fundraisers.
Contribute baked goods or other items for one of our bake
sales or other events.
Share your time and volunteer at one of our programs or
events. You know how difficult it is to find volunteers.
It's no different for CPAA. Even one or two hours a month
will make a big difference in the lives of animals and
to our member groups!!