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Mission & Accomplishments

CPHS Mission Statement
To prevent animal neglect and cruelty through education and enforcement while providing a safe haven and finding forever homes for those in need.

CPHS History
The CPHS was chartered in 1896. The purpose was "To assist the aged, homeless children and homeless animals." For 118 years, the agency has existed on the strength of a very limited number of paid staff and a large number of volunteers. At present, CPHS employs six full-time professional and 12 part-time employees. In addition, the agency benefits from the help of over 150 very dedicated volunteers.

CPHS currently receives no regular funding from any state, federal or local agency. The society exists due to moneys collected from animal surrenders, adoption fees, donations from the public and a variety of fundraising events held throughout the year. Donated funds are dedicated to help CPHS expenses and education outreach programs (provided to schools, civic groups, local governments and other volunteer organizations) which are designed to help reduce pet over-population.

Animals Served Annually
For the first seven months of 2014, CPHS has provided a safe haven for 997 animals. In that same time span, CPHS adopted out 634 animals, an additional 137 were returned to owners and another 50 were transferred to another rescue or fostered. We provide food, shelter, basic medical attention and personal socializing with the animals in an attempt to make their stay with us as comfortable as possible. We turn away no animals, regardless of their species or condition. We often work in cooperation with other humane agencies both in the region and outside the state when appropriate. In a typical year, the CPHS handles an average of 2,500 animals. Our current euthanasia rate is just below the defined "No Kill Shelter" status of 90 percent. Our rate is 87 percent.

Strategic Focus Areas
The long term goal of the CPHS is to greatly reduce the number of stray or unwanted animals brought to the shelter. We envision that this will be accomplished through our public education programs in the community, our various media outlets, as well as through the expansion of our low cost spay/neuter (Spay Days) program and our trap-neuter-return (TNR) program. We are constantly working towards improving our adoption rates while focusing on our education and spay/neuter programs. Everyone associated with the Shelter would like to see the day when there is no need for an animal shelter…and every animal finds a happy life!

The CPHS is a certified 501c3 nonprofit entity for tax purposes.
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