No dog should need to be rescued twice…Mostly Mutts of Sunbury, PA


What is the history of Mostly Mutts Inc./When and how was the animal shelter created?

Owner Cheryl Hill has been rescuing dogs since 1988. Until 2001, she maintained a no-kill shelter located near Milton, PA. When the opportunity arose to move to a more spacious, rural location, she took with her 26 canine residents. The shelter is now located in the beautiful mountains of central Pennsylvania near Sunbury.

What is the mission of Mostly Mutts Inc.?

For more information, please see our “Mission and History” page which can be found by clicking “About Us” on the Home Page. “A Rescued Dog Should Never Have to be Rescued Twice.”

How many dogs are normally at the shelter?

The number varies, but is presently over 80.

Are the dogs vaccinated?

Yes. All dogs that come to the shelter will be taken to a veterinarian. They will be vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

How many people work at Mostly Mutts Inc.?

Cheryl Hill is the shelter owner. She receives an honorarium and there are many volunteers. We also have groups of scouts, college students, and youth groups that donate time. The shelter is always in need of regular, dependable volunteers. If you would like to help out, please see the forms & information page about volunteering.

What facilities are available for the dogs?

There are six buildings on the property. Each building has electricity, heat/air conditioning, and a direct water supply. To ensure comfort for the dogs, the buildings are also equipped with indoor and outdoor lighting, radios, bedding and blankets.

How long, on average, do dogs stay at the shelter?

The length of each dog’s stay varies immensely. There are some that have stayed their whole lives, others only days. Certain breeds of dogs are adopted faster than others. Puppies are usually adopted fairly quickly, while larger dogs are more difficult to place.

Does the shelter accept donations?

Yes! Food, toys, supplies, monetary contributions, or you can donate using PayPal by clicking the link at the top of the page. Find out where you can drop off donated items on the Drop-Off Sites page. See a list of items we need on our Wishlist. Because Mostly Mutts is a 501(c)3 organization, your donation is tax deductible.

Who sponsors the shelter?

The shelter has no sponsors and receives no government funding. Money is raised through our fundraising events, adoption fees, and donations of supporters.

What can I do to help?

There are several ways in which you can help the shelter. If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer, you can find out more from our Volunteer Application available on our Forms Page. If you would like to make a financial donation to Mostly Mutts click the Donate link at the top of this page, or to donate supplies please see our Wish List. You can learn more about adopting by reading our Adoption Process which can be found on the Forms page.

What hours are volunteers welcome at the shelter?

Please see our Volunteer Application for more information. It can be found on the Forms page.

How do I get to the shelter?

The shelter is located in rural Sunbury, PA. An appointment must be made to visit!

If you would like to volunteer, please complete a volunteer application found on the Forms page. This information will help us to understand your talents and abilities as well as provide contact information. After your application is received, someone will contact you to arrange a time for orientation and will give directions to the shelter.

If you want to adopt a dog, you must first complete an adoption application available on our Forms page. When reference checks and home visit are complete, a time can be arranged to visit the shelter.

Why aren't the directions on the website?

The shelter is privately owned with a limited amount of space. The location is not publicized to discourage “dumping off” of dogs. Directions are given to volunteers who’ve completed a volunteer application and to applicants who’ve been approved to adopt.

What is the adoption process like?

Please see our Forms page for the adoption application and information on the adoption process.

What are the current adoption fees?

They are listed on the adoption application and vary according to size, gender, age, and breed of dog. Generally, they are the costs already invested in the dog (shots, vet care, etc.).

Is there anything a new owner needs to do once the adoption process is finalized?

You can read more about the adoption process on the Forms page.