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Continuing ways to help animals at CPHS

There are several ways for area residents to help out the animals at the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.
First, there is a way to help out an animal and be recognized for it, or a way to honor a friend, relative or pet. For $100, an individual can sponsor one of CPHS’s 17 large outdoor runs for dogs.
According to CPHS, the enclosures are great for canines to get some outside time with plenty of space. The runs have awnings to protect the dogs from the hot, bright sun of summer.
The runs were donated and constructed for the shelter several years ago by the DeGol family.
The sponsorship provides the individual with a nice acknowledgment plate that CPHS attaches to the run, and the plate will stay there for an entire year. Reserve a plate now since there is a limited number. Call 942-5402 and ask for Ingrid.
Also, CPHS will benefit from a planned preview opening of the new Boscov’s department store location in Logan Town Center (I-99 at 17th street, Altoona).
CPHS is selling special tickets to the event that features free gifts, entertainment and refreshments.
For $5 shoppers can purchase a special ticket that will allow them a “sneak peek” at the 11,000 square foot retailer on Friday, August 11. Money from sale of the tickets goes directly to a number of area non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society. CPHS now has tickets to the event on sale at the shelter location (1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.) or the Thrift Shop (220 E. Walton Ave.).
The special event kicks off at 10 a.m. and customers can also buy admittance tickets at the door and designate CPHS as their “sponsor” (and the shelter will receive credit for the ticket purchase).
There’s no limit to the number of tickets purchased. CPHS is urging interested shoppers to take their friends and family to the event by purchasing tickets at the shelter early. Boscov’s will be donating an additional $1,500 to the agency that sells the most tickets.
Finally, web surfers who visit CPHS’s site now have an easy and secure way to help homeless animals, according to CPHS executive director, Dave Hopkins.
The CPHS site (www.altoona.net/cphs) features a special “Make a Donation to CPHS” link on its home page. Clicking on the link will take internet users to a site that gives easy instructions on how to make a donation that will go directly to the agency. The link features “PayPal” but also allows donations to be made simply through the use of credit cards (accepting Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover).
Those donating will receive confirmation of their gift immediately online with a follow-up acknowledgment from the shelter via regular mail.
According to Hopkins, the donation link is secure, and all funds go directly to help pay for the care and handling of homeless animals at the CPHS shelter.
Other upcoming events include on September 13, the CPHS annual golf outing will be hosted by Scotch Valley Country Club. Call Dan Lawruk at 944-3549 for more information. On September 17, the annual pet fair is scheduled at Legion Park. A pet show, entertainment, food and something for every member of the family is being planned.