Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a “no-kill” shelter?

A shelter is designated as no-kill when their animal save rate is 90% or better.  Our shelter maintains at least a 90% save rate, often times higher.  We defined ourselves as a life-saving shelter in 2003. We do not euthanize for space. We accept animals based on space, individual behavior of the animal and after a basic medical exam.  

Are all of the animals that are available for adoption on the shelter's website?

All available pets are on the website.

Are all of our animals spayed and neutered?

Yes. Controlling pet overpopulation and securing the best quality of life for all animals in our community is our top priority.

Can I adopt a pet if I am under the age of 18?

No, all applicants must be 18 years or older.

Can I bring my dog to the shelter to meet  the one that I want to adopt?

Yes, if you already have a dog in the home, we require a doggie meet and greet. However,This will be scheduled after an application is submitted and approved and will be facilitated by the Center's staff. We ask that you not bring your pet into the building for the dog meet but rather wait for instructions upon arrival.

I don't live in Northampton County. Can I still adopt a pet from your shelter?

Absolutely! We are not affiliated with Northampton County, so our prospective adopters can live anywhere. If you meet our other requirements, we would be happy to help you find a new best friend.

Can the public attend a board meeting?

Yes.  Our annual open meeting is the third Tuesday in April.  The meeting begins at 6pm and is held at the shelter.  Questions are answered as time permits.  A copy of the state of the shelter is provided at the meeting and is also posted on our website afterwards.  We ask that all attendees follow the agenda.  

Can we bring our animals there to be euthanized?

No, we will not euthanize your elderly or unwanted animals.  Please contact your veteraniarian for these procedures.

I need to rehome my animal, is there a fee to relinquish an animal?

Yes, as a non-profit, life-saving shelter, we do not receive funding from the local municaplities, state or Federal Government and therefore, we request a donation to offset the costs of taking in an animal. For more information please contact the shelter. Fees vary based on the animal and whether it is altered or not. 

Does The CAHW have a veterinarian that can see my family pets?

We do offer limited clinic services by appointment only.  This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, heartworm testing and prevention, wellness visits and cremation services.  Our clinic is not intended to be a replacement for your family veterinarian.  We do not offer emergency services. For more information, call 610-252-7722 ext 2.

How long do keep strays at your facility before you place them for adoption?

We will hold any stray for 72 hours before releasing for adoption.  This time period potentially allows the owner time to find and claim their animals. We encourage anyone looking for a lost or stolen pet to call us or email us at with the information of the missing pet.

What are your fees to adopt an animal?

Our fees vary based on the age, size and breed of the animal. Our fees range from $25.00 to $150.00 for cats and $75 to $300.00 for dogs.  All animals are spayed/neutered, receive rabies, distemper, bordatella vaccinations, flea treatment and microchip prior to leaving the Center.  We strive to ensure all our adoptable animals are in good health prior to leaving the Center and the cost of adoption does not cover the cost of the care given to each animal.


Can I adopt a stray animal that I turned in? 

You may complete an adoption application and you will be considered and approved as any other applicant.  All applications require reference checks, home ownership/rental verification, veterinarian references prior to approval.!

I just adopted a pet and would like to  send an update and email you some pictures. What email address can you be reached at? 

Please email us at - we love to hear from our Alumni!

Must I have a fenced-in yard to adopt a dog?

No. If there are special requirements, they will be explained by the staff.

What is the Center's life-saving philosophy?

The Center will strive to save all healthy animals and all those with “manageable” or “treatable” issues: issues that can be addressed within the Center for Animal Health & Welfare’s means.

Does the shelter give discounts on adoption fees?

Adopters over 55 receive a 10% discount on adoption fees. One a doption fee is waived for those in military with a valid ID.

What are the requirements for adoption?

  • You must be over 18 years of age.
  • If you rent, we must contact your landlord for approval. 
  • Come to the shelter and fill out a meet your match form.  This form is used to find a companion based on your lifestyle You will then meet with a member of our staff to help you select your next family member.
  • You must complete an adoption application which includes: the names of two personal references-- contact information for your veterinarian--to verify that your animals are up-to-date on vaccinations and are receiving good care.
  • To expedite the adoption process, bring along bring a copy of your records from your veterinarian (or shot clinic records) to provide proof of vaccinations for all your resident animals.
  • We require that everyone in the family meet your new furry friend. It is important that everyone in the family be happy with your choice and in agreement.
  • If you are adopting a cat, you must bring a carrier to transport the cat home. If you don't have one, you may purchase a cardboard carrier at the shelter for $5.
  • If you are adopting a dog, we will provide a martingale collar.  The cost is $15.
  • Home visits required for some animals
  • Dog meets are required if you have a dog(s) and are adopting another

We select our adopters by whom we believe is the best home. It is often a very difficult decision if there is more than one application on an animal. We ask all adopters to give us any information that will assist us in making the best decision for the animal.