Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA)

The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) is committed to saving the lives of dogs and cats in central Pennsylvania through rescuing, fostering, adoptions, aggressive spay/neuter programs, training, and public outreach and education.
HOPE is a unique CPAA life-saving program that began in March 2005. To date, over 300 dogs have been saved through this collaborative program that partners animal shelters, rescues, correctional institutions, and entire communities.
By the time the HOPE dogs are paroled, they have become more confident, better behaved, and they are looking forward to starting a new life on the outside.
We may also take in animals for rehabilitation, as a means of rehoming. However, some will possibly have more mental/physical issues that can’t be readily rehabilitated or re-homed.

Space is limited so to ensure resources are available for animals we learn of and can’t take in, partnering with other organizations is critical. It truly takes a village!

In 2016, the nonprofit organization World Animal Protection released a survey on responsible ownership. The study showed that Costa Rican’s generally have deep affection for their pets, but can be better owners. For example, a dog’s dental health, and even desire for exercise and distraction, is often overlooked. While most owners say they mainly keep their dog in the house or in the backyard, 15% will tie them up all day. Enclosing or tying up a dog is one of the most harmful things you can do. A dog needs exercise and stimulation to maintain its health, just like humans.

We offer educational opportunities to the community through various programs. Topics will include; providing quality nutrition on a tight budget, low cost or free spay/neuter options, properly exercising your pet (companion or large animals), as well as help with alternative ways for proper sheltering (we discourage the practice of tying them up for long periods of time).
We provide a variety of fruits and vegetables in our garden and orchid areas to our family of staff who care for the animals, as well as to the people in Guayabo when available. This area includes; beehives producing delicious honey, annual and perennial foods. This area includes native species that attract wildlife and pollinators, and our fruits and vegetables are locally sourced and grown with open pollinated, organic, non-GMO seeds, providing resilient genetics.