Touching Lives, Warming Hearts

Through Human & Animal Interactions

Background Checks

Each volunteer (PA Residents and Non-PA Residents) is required to complete a Volunteer PA Resident Affidavit that you can find in the KPETS Folder given out at Orientation.

PA Residents

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (form SP4-164) (
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (form CY-113) (
  • Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) criminal history clearance ( (choosing PA and the Department of Human Services option) is required UNLESS the volunteer has lived in Pennsylvania during the entirety of at least the past 10 years AND swears or affirms in writing that s/he has not been convicted of any offense which would disqualify him/her as set forth in 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344.

Non-PA Residents

All new volunteers are required to complete and submit the clearances as a part of the registration process.

Clearances are valid for five years from date of issue and will need to be resubmitted as they expire.