Animal shelter a place to give, get love


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - At the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, people can "give love by donating money, and get love by adopting a pet," according to Jennifer Vanderau, community outreach coordinator.

The shelter held its second Spring Love Drive on Saturday.

"We have a lot of people coming in," Vanderau said.

Those wishing to adopt a dog or cat fill out an adoption application.

"It takes 15 minutes to 24 hours to approve it, then they can take the animal home," Vanderau said.

People may choose from among the 22 dogs and 38 cats at the shelter, just off Pa. 316 south of Chambersburg.

Thomas Roue and Elizabeth Urbiel of Mercersburg, Pa., come to the shelter to play with the dogs occasionally, Urbiel said.

She petted a shepherd/collie mix named Carrie, while Roue admired a pit bull/German shorthair mix.

"We come in, donate some money and see what's here," he said.


"I'd love to get a dog if I lived in a bigger apartment," Urbiel said.

Some dogs slept, while others barked and jumped for attention. Some of the shelter's animals are brought in as strays, while others are dropped off by owners who no longer can care for them. All of the animals appear clean and well-groomed.

During the Spring Love Drive, Jennifer Foreman of Chambersburg sold Italian charm bracelets and charms. A portion of her sales are donated to the shelter.

Charms, including custom-made photo and laser charms, may be purchased on her Web site, www.mycharmheaven. com

Cats may be adopted for $65. Dogs six months old and older are $100; those under six months are $115. Animals labeled "Seniority Fee" are half price because they have been at the shelter longer than the other animals.

Both dog and cat adoption fees include spaying or neutering, AVID ID microchip, collar and ID tag, deworming treatment, flea and ear mite treatment and all vaccinations except rabies. Cat adoptions also include feline leukemia and FIV testing and a cardboard carrier.

Vanderau added that people who are unable to adopt a pet may help the shelter by donating items to the shelter's thrift stores in Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Pa., and by shopping at the thrift stores.

The shelter will hold a cash bingo fund-raiser on April 3 to benefit the shelter. Tickets will be on sale at the door and refreshments will be available.

The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is at 2325 Country Road in Chambersburg, The phone number is 717-263-5791.

The shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter's Web site is and e-mail may be sent to

Pets available for adoption may be viewed at

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