COVID-19 Update: We are operating adoptions by appointment. Pick up and delivery options are available depending on your needs. All viewing of animals and adoptions are being done over our website, phone and email, but starting July 6th we will be operating again by allowing in shelter viewing for adoptions! However, to ensure the safety of our clients and staff we will be allowing one family into the shelter at a time. If you are interested in an animal please complete an Adoption Interest Form. If you are interested in setting up an appointment to view the animals please contact the shelter at adoptlancaster@humanepa.org or 717-393-6551. We are taking every precautionary measure to ensure we are following social distancing guidelines, and keeping ourselves and the animals safe and healthy.


Thank you for considering adoption of your next best friend from the Humane Pennsylvania. We have many wonderful pets who can’t wait to join your family. When you adopt a pet from our organization, you are giving an animal a second chance at love. We hope you will encourage other people to consider adopting from their local animal shelter.

We think the animals available at Humane Pennsylvania are the very best you can find anywhere.  But we sweeten the deal with our 30 Day Adoption Health Supplement.  This original and unique program provides a discounted first vet exam and discounted health care coverage for a wide variety of common illnesses in the first 30 days following adoption.

Please take a look at some of the wonderful animals we have available for adoption. More come in every day, so please stop by and visit. Don’t forget to consider less traditional friends, too. We regularly have a wide variety of small mammals, birds, reptiles, farm animals, and others available for adoption.

Humane League of Lancaster County Adoption Hours
Due to COVID-19, all adoptions and visitors to the shelter are being seen by appointment. If you are interested in setting up an appointment to view the animals please contact the shelter at adoptlancaster@humanepa.org or 717-393-6551.

Humane Society of Berks County Adoption Hours
The Humane Society of Berks County is temporarily closed as of November 4th, 2019 due to construction and renovation. Please check back for our exciting re-opening!

Willing to adopt an older pet?  Humane Pennsylvania has an incentive for you. Cats 11 years or older and dogs 8 years or older may now be adopted at discounted rates.  The adoption includes all of the same benefits as a regular adoption. All adoption requirements and screening also apply.

To view available adoptable animals, choose a button below:

DOGS

CATS

CRITTERS

EQUINE/FARM

ADOPTION PROCEDURES & PRICES

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary among our animals based on breed, adoptability, age, health and other factors. Please see each animal’s profile for designated adoption pricing, or call your preferred shelter location for further information.

Cat and Dog Adoption fees include:

  • HPA’s Thirty Day Adoption Health Supplement
  • Spaying or Neutering (prior to adoption)
  • Vaccinations (including current rabies vaccination) and deworming medication
  • Flea Treatment
  • Microchip and chip registration
  • Free 2 lb Bag of Science Diet Pet Food (dogs) or free 1 lb Bag of Science Diet Pet Food (cat).  Science Diet partners with HPA to provide great nutrition to all cats and dogs in our shelters. You can continue that great nutrition when your pet goes home with you.

Adopt-a-Critter
Pot Bellied Pigs – $50 | Ferrets – $30 | Lizards/Snakes – by species
Hamsters/Gerbils – $10 | Domestic Rats – $10 | Horse/Livestock – by species
Chinchillas – $40 | Rabbits – $30 (sterilized) | Guinea Pigs – $10
Parakeets – $10 | Cockatiels – $15 | Other birds – by breed | Turtles – $10

Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots is a program that serves individuals from all branches of the armed forces at any stage of their careers, including retirement. They work with current and/or former servicemen and women to pair them with animals most at risk in shelters.

Veterans who adopt a qualifying pet from the Humane League of Lancaster County receive a $150 gift card for the adopter to purchase pet food, and other essential items needed for the animal and ongoing resources through Pets for Patriots.

For more information about the Pets for Patriots program, please click here.

ADOPTION INTEREST FORM

>> Download an adoption interest form here

ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS

You must provide proof of identity and address.

  • You may be required to provide proof of home ownership or provide us with the means of contacting a landlord in the case of a rental property.
  • All dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed/neutered before leaving our facility.
  • Clients adopting dogs will be required to purchase a Pennsylvania dog license as required by State law. Pennsylvania dog licenses are available online at  padoglicense.com.  A list of local retailers offering Pennsylvania dog license sales is also available at the front counter.
  • In the case of a dog adoption, you may be required to bring all current family members and all current dogs in the household.
  • If these requirements cannot be provided or completed by our staff, (i.e., we cannot reach your Veterinarian or landlord) your adoption may not be completed.
  • We will make every effort to complete the procedure in a timely fashion. Adoptions are on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please count on at least one hour for the entire adoption process.

HUMANE PENNSYLVANIA 30 DAY ADOPTION HEALTH SUPPLEMENT

Every cat and dog adopted at Humane Pennsylvania’s two adoption centers or at any satellite adoption center receives our exclusive 30 Day Adoption Health Supplement.  This provides your pet coverage for a wide variety of common canine and feline illnesses.  Our goal is to provide you and your pet with the best possible health care and to avoid adoption returns due to simple and treatable illnesses.

Read more about the health supplement by clicking here.

FREE TO A GREAT HOME ADOPTION PROGRAM

The Free To A Great Home emergency adoption program was introduced in the summer 2005 to provide an incentive to adopt adult cats facing euthanasia due to a lack of space during the crowded summer months.  The program was a runaway success, completely eliminating euthanasia among cats for space (resulting in hundreds of fewer cats being put to sleep each year).  It also led to record adoptions among both cats and dogs thanks to the press coverage and public attention the program received, as well as the first decrease in the rate of euthanasia in our shelter’s history.  It also received a Best Industry Practice for Adoption Programs Award from the American Humane Association.

How the program works:

  • Interested adopters go through a diligent adoption screening process.
  • If approved for adoption, the animal they are interested in may be adopted at no charge.
  • Adopters receive all the same benefits and responsibilities as regular adopters.
  • Also, any cat or dog which has been up for adoption for eight weeks or more may be adopted at no charge through the Free To A Great Home program.

Humane Pennsylvania hopes that this expanded program will help even more pets find their forever homes.