Crowded Humane Society of Cambria plans to adopt an event | local news

Johnstown, Pennsylvania – Temperatures say differently, but it’s Christmas in July at the Humane Society of Cambria County.

The shelter holds 91 cats, kittens, and 31 dogs and puppies, so Portage’s Pediatric Therapy Company is sponsoring an adoption event through August 6 in hopes that the animals will find their forever homes.

“We have a certain amount of kennels and crates here for cats and dogs, and we take in as many as we can,” said Jimmy Crum, Vice President of the Humane Society. “Unfortunately, sometimes we ask people if they find strays if they can take care of them so we can make room for them. We have reached the point where we have to put in extra cages to accommodate dogs.”
In addition, 35 animals are in foster care through the Humane Society’s foster care program.

“We are a no-kill haven and do our best to find loving homes for all animals,” Crum said.

For the adoption event, prices will be reduced from $150 to $100 for dogs and from $65 to $50 for cats.

“It’s a nice fundraiser that engages the community, and we want them to realize we have all these precious animals looking for homes,” Crum said.

She said the adoption fees go toward the costs of neutering, sterilization, and a vaccination.

It’s also used for any kind of veterinary care,” Crum said.

Those interested in adopting can complete an online application at or stop at the shelter, 743 Galleria Drive Extension, Richland Township, to obtain a form. The applications are then submitted to adoption counselors for their review.

“We’ve accelerated the adoption process, so it won’t take as long as people think,” Crum said.

She added that those who take a pet home should give the animal two weeks to acclimatize to their new surroundings.

“It can be a little choppy, so the two-week period is very important,” Crum said.

For those unable to adopt, a Giving Tree has been set up in the lobby where people can choose a paper ornament and purchase the desired item. Items range from buying a bag of cat or dog food, paying for neutering or spaying a dog or cat, sponsoring an adoption fee, or buying a pack of vaccinations. Financial donations are also accepted.

“We always appreciate the donations we get from the community — it goes above and beyond,” Crum said. “This is just something in addition to the adoption event.”

Shelter volunteers are also needed in various capacities.

“We are always looking for people to wash dishes and blankets, people can take dog-walking lessons to come here and walk the dogs, and we always have a really fun outing for people to do attracting dogs and they can also help out with different events,” Crum said.

Volunteer applications are available at

Donations of Purina dog food, non-clumping cat litter, and paper towels are essential and can be dropped off at the shelter.

Shelter hours are noon to 5 pm on Tuesdays, noon to 7 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call 814-535-6116.

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