Thank you for considering adopting your next best friend from 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.


Begin the process by viewing our website’s Available Pets page and finding an animal you’re interested in adopting!

Animal Introductions
Humane Pennsylvania only completes dog-to-dog introductions (where an adoptable dog in our care meets a potential adopter’s resident dog) in special circumstances, based on the behaviors displayed by the dog(s) in our care or by the owned dog.

Additional Considerations
Before bringing an additional pet into your home, we recommend assessing whether this will enrich your current pet’s life. We’re here to help! Our adoption counselors can answer questions and provide guidance during your visit.


You can speed up the process of adoption by beginning your adoption paperwork before you visit. Just choose one of the two online form links below!

>> Berks Adoption Interest Form

>> Lancaster Adoption Interest Form


The following campus locations are open for walk-in adoptions during regular adoption hours.

The Freedom Center for Animal Life-Saving Adoption Hours
1801 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA 19604 | (610) 921-2348
Open 7 days a week, from 11am to 4pm.

The Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving Adoption Hours
2195 Lincoln Highway East, (Rte. 30) Lancaster, PA 17602 | (717) 393-6551
Open 7 days a week, from 11am to 4pm.

Feel free to visit us anytime! Here are a few things to note when you come in to adopt:

  • Adoptions are on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Like many businesses, we are experiencing a staffing shortage which has resulted in longer than normal wait times to meet with an adoption counselor.
  • Once you meet with an adoption counselor, completing the adoption process typically takes one hour.


If you’ve found a great match, an adoption counselor will walk you through the process of signing the adoption contract. If you would like to adopt, please be prepared to bring your new family member home the same day.

During the checkout process, you will have the opportunity to ask the adoption counselor questions about training and get tips on helping your new pet adjust to your home.


Cats and Dogs
Adoption fees vary among our animals based on breed, adoptability, age, health and other factors.  Please call your preferred shelter location to inquire about a specific shelter animal’s adoption price.

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


  • 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 Bag of Science Diet Pet Food
    • 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.
    • Puppies – 2 lb. bag
    • Dogs – 2 lb. bag
    • Kittens – 1 lb. bag
    • Cats – 1 lb. bag