Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter takes in some dogs rescued fro...

There are 30 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 26, 2009, titled Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter takes in some dogs rescued fro.... In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has taken in five of the 250 dogs removed Tuesday from Almost Heaven Kennels LLC in Emmaus by Pennsylvania dog wardens.

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Bean

Wyncote, PA

#1 Jun 26, 2009
Is the CVAS a "no Kill" Shelter? Just asking.
onewhoknows

Wilmington, DE

#2 Jun 26, 2009
Bean wrote:
Is the CVAS a "no Kill" Shelter? Just asking.
I would like to open a discussion. What would be the definition of a "no kill" shelter?
Bean

Wyncote, PA

#3 Jun 26, 2009
onewhoknows wrote:
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I would like to open a discussion. What would be the definition of a "no kill" shelter?
After the animals have been there for a set many days, they are "put to sleep."
Saywhat

Davenport, IA

#4 Jun 26, 2009
Bean wrote:
Is the CVAS a "no Kill" Shelter? Just asking.
no
CVAS volunteer

Chambersburg, PA

#5 Jun 26, 2009
Once an animal has been placed up for adoption at CVAS, it stays available for adoption until a good home is found. The only exception is if an animal becomes dangerously aggressive or has an illness that can not be treated. CVAS also works with rescue groups and foster homes to help place animals in good homes. CVAS has tremendous save rates considering the number of sick and aggressive animals that are abandoned at their door step.

"No kill" can be defined in many ways and is often used artificially as most "no kill" groups are highly selective of the animals they will accept. Because of this issue, CVAS refrains from labeling the organization as "no kill". CVAS accepts all strays from its service area no matter what their temperament or health status. For instance, some rescues and humane socities will call themselves "no kill" to appease the public, but in actuality they do have to euthanize animals if the animal is deemed unadoptable. On the other hand, some rescue or 'sanctuaries' will not euthanize an animal no matter how sick or aggressive it may be and some animals may suffer needlessly for long periods of time until they die. I think the difference is in what each group considers the humane thing to do.

Anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals and help improve and expand an animal shelter or rescue group's services for your community.....become a volunteer. Our non-profit organizations are only as effective as the community allows, supports, and participates. If you want to make a difference, get involved and become part of the solution in saving lives.
Bean

Wyncote, PA

#6 Jun 26, 2009
CVAS volunteer wrote:
Once an animal has been placed up for adoption at CVAS, it stays available for adoption until a good home is found. The only exception is if an animal becomes dangerously aggressive or has an illness that can not be treated. CVAS also works with rescue groups and foster homes to help place animals in good homes. CVAS has tremendous save rates considering the number of sick and aggressive animals that are abandoned at their door step.
"No kill" can be defined in many ways and is often used artificially as most "no kill" groups are highly selective of the animals they will accept. Because of this issue, CVAS refrains from labeling the organization as "no kill". CVAS accepts all strays from its service area no matter what their temperament or health status. For instance, some rescues and humane socities will call themselves "no kill" to appease the public, but in actuality they do have to euthanize animals if the animal is deemed unadoptable. On the other hand, some rescue or 'sanctuaries' will not euthanize an animal no matter how sick or aggressive it may be and some animals may suffer needlessly for long periods of time until they die. I think the difference is in what each group considers the humane thing to do.
Anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals and help improve and expand an animal shelter or rescue group's services for your community.....become a volunteer. Our non-profit organizations are only as effective as the community allows, supports, and participates. If you want to make a difference, get involved and become part of the solution in saving lives.
Thanks CVAS volunteer. I am a volunteer at a local animal shelter and I also have my 11 yr old daughter volunteering. We are trying to make a difference in our community. I wish more people would get involved in saving our furry friends.
Dodger

Shippensburg, PA

#7 Jun 26, 2009
The explanation from CVAS Volunteer is one of
the best I've seen. Thanks.
melinda_pa

Bear, DE

#8 Jun 26, 2009
i agree more people should would get involved,its not their fault.is this a no kill shelter?
dog lover

Manchester, MI

#9 Jun 26, 2009
I got my dog from CVAS and he is just the best ever happen to our family. We love him so much. Please people help these lovable creatures and adopt one. I am thinking about adopting another one.Great job CVAS stepping in like that and helping out.
WOW

Wilmington, DE

#10 Jun 26, 2009
My daughter was volunteering and getting money to provide food for the animals.Had a jar and would fill it up with all her spare cash. WHen they picked up my pup for running loose (leash broke) and it cost me 60 bucks, she said "Dad I will never give to that organization again".
LOL

Shippensburg, PA

#11 Jun 26, 2009
WOW wrote:
My daughter was volunteering and getting money to provide food for the animals.Had a jar and would fill it up with all her spare cash. WHen they picked up my pup for running loose (leash broke) and it cost me 60 bucks, she said "Dad I will never give to that organization again".
When did you pick the dog up sameday down a few days later? You expect them to take care of your dog for free when it got away? I don't think so!
You daughter only said that cause you were "b***hin* about it.

don't use retractable leashes and remember to check your equipement....
curious reader

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Jun 26, 2009
CVAS accepts all strays from its service area no matter what their temperament or health status

Hummmmm..here in lies the key...so if there is no contract with CVAS they will not pick up?
Everyone Wins

Gettysburg, PA

#13 Jun 26, 2009
WOW wrote:
My daughter was volunteering and getting money to provide food for the animals.Had a jar and would fill it up with all her spare cash. WHen they picked up my pup for running loose (leash broke) and it cost me 60 bucks, she said "Dad I will never give to that organization again".
Rules are rules. We wouldn't want anyone showing favoritism now would we, you hear what happened with the Shingles?
I bet you'll make sure your pup doesn't get loose again, huh?
single and free

Carlisle, PA

#14 Jun 26, 2009
Bean wrote:
Is the CVAS a "no Kill" Shelter? Just asking.
they will euthanize a animal if they are a certain age..i know this for a fact as i wanted to give up a dog who had separation anxiety but because he was 7 yrs old and very active and healthy they said they would be putting him down.
Hope

Barnegat, NJ

#15 Jun 26, 2009
WOW:
You should be thankful they cared enough to pick up your dog and keep him safe for you. I would gladly give $ for the safe return of a loved pet. I hope you and your daughter have a change of heart.
Poossies and Poodles

Gettysburg, PA

#16 Jun 26, 2009
It seems although the WOW family volunteered time and money, they didn't fully understand the ins and outs of the shelter.
It is ashamed they felt entitled to a break just because they 'helped' out.
onewhoknows

Wilmington, DE

#17 Jun 26, 2009
I suggested a discussion on what a "no kill" shelter is. I feel that CVAS volunteer wrote is worth repeating.

Additionally, ALL welfare rescues, be it animal shelters, humane societies or what ever they choose to call themselves, should never turn strays and unwanted animals away just because a township or borough won't agree to a contract. What are they there for? Yes, they need the funds to continue to provide care, but what about the welfare of the animal? I applaud CVAS for taking the dogs from the raid. Now, how about helping the local animals in Metal and Fannett townships that need your help as well?
CVAS volunteer wrote:
Once an animal has been placed up for adoption at CVAS, it stays available for adoption until a good home is found. The only exception is if an animal becomes dangerously aggressive or has an illness that can not be treated. CVAS also works with rescue groups and foster homes to help place animals in good homes. CVAS has tremendous save rates considering the number of sick and aggressive animals that are abandoned at their door step.
"No kill" can be defined in many ways and is often used artificially as most "no kill" groups are highly selective of the animals they will accept. Because of this issue, CVAS refrains from labeling the organization as "no kill". CVAS accepts all strays from its service area no matter what their temperament or health status. For instance, some rescues and humane socities will call themselves "no kill" to appease the public, but in actuality they do have to euthanize animals if the animal is deemed unadoptable. On the other hand, some rescue or 'sanctuaries' will not euthanize an animal no matter how sick or aggressive it may be and some animals may suffer needlessly for long periods of time until they die. I think the difference is in what each group considers the humane thing to do.
Anyone who would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals and help improve and expand an animal shelter or rescue group's services for your community.....become a volunteer. Our non-profit organizations are only as effective as the community allows, supports, and participates. If you want to make a difference, get involved and become part of the solution in saving lives.
Rosebud

Shippensburg, PA

#18 Jun 26, 2009
All dogs brought in to CVAS by the dog warden
from Fannett and Metal Townships ARE accepted.
CVAS continues to do cruelty investigations in
both townships free of charge. However,
the supervisors of both townships have announced
that they don't consider animal sheltering an
"essential service". Residents of the townships
should contact their supervisors to express
their opinions about this. I'm sure that
the shelter is willing to work with Fannett and
Metal to achieve a good resolution.

Until then, calls about stray dogs should be
directed to the dog warden, who will pick them
up and bring them to CVAS.
My kids mom

Cashtown, PA

#19 Jun 26, 2009
Rosebud wrote:
All dogs brought in to CVAS by the dog warden
from Fannett and Metal Townships ARE accepted.
CVAS continues to do cruelty investigations in
both townships free of charge. However,
the supervisors of both townships have announced
that they don't consider animal sheltering an
"essential service". Residents of the townships
should contact their supervisors to express
their opinions about this. I'm sure that
the shelter is willing to work with Fannett and
Metal to achieve a good resolution.
Until then, calls about stray dogs should be
directed to the dog warden, who will pick them
up and bring them to CVAS.
That's appalling. Then I hope the residents call their township supervisors to pick up the stray dogs. Bet that would give new meaning to 'essential service'.
My kids mom

Cashtown, PA

#20 Jun 26, 2009
WOW wrote:
My daughter was volunteering and getting money to provide food for the animals.Had a jar and would fill it up with all her spare cash. WHen they picked up my pup for running loose (leash broke) and it cost me 60 bucks, she said "Dad I will never give to that organization again".
With all due respect, it costs the shelter money to drive around and pick up stray animals. The employees then spend time trying to trace the owners and I'm guessing they also examine the animals for injuries, infestation, etc. And if the animal is there for even half a day before the owner locates him/her I'm sure they feed the dogs too. I've also seen 'found dog' ads in the Public Opinion. I doubt they're free.

Also, there are irresponsible owners (don't mean to imply you are one because broken/slipped leashes happen sometimes) who have pets that habitually get loose and run free. The fee probably serves as a deterrent to repeat offenders.

In short, a lot of time, effort, and money are spent on strays. Their services aren't free and the shelter runs on a shoestring budget anyway. I would gladly pay my last $60 to know someone cared enough to take in my animal and keep her safe instead of letting her live in the dangerous streets on her own.
I am a firm advocate of the work animal shelter do; their services are priceless.

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