PET SURRENDER2019-01-18T15:58:27+00:00

Currently, only The Humane Society of Berks County is an open admission shelter and will accept any domestic animals. The Humane League of Lancaster County does not accept all animal surrenders, but you may contact us for an appointment.  If you have found a stray animal, please click on our Animal Control/Strays link for more information.

If you wish to surrender your pet, you may do so seven days a week during normal business hours (10:00 am to 4:00 pm, T, W, Th, S & S; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, M & F).  Pet surrenders are by appointment only,  you will be required to provide a photo ID, and you must agree to and sign the Surrender Policy.

All animals surrendered to HPA become the immediate property of the HPA and will not be returned.  While every effort is made to find every animal a permanent adoptive home, that cannot be guaranteed. HPA offers many programs and services that may help you to keep your pet where it belongs- with you.

  • To guarantee your pet the best chance of being adopted into a new home, we will ask you a series of detailed questions.
  • There is no fee to surrender an animal at HSBC, but we suggest a donation of $25 at the time of drop off to help offset the cost of care for each animal.
  • The Humane League of Lancaster is a managed intake shelter and accepts pets for surrender by appointment seven days a week. Please call us at (717) 393-6551 for more information.


Services for the relinquishment of owned and stray animals exist in every county in Pennsylvania.  Because of our excellent reputation and the ease of access to our surrender services, animals from outside of our counties are brought to our facilities with increasing regularity. While we wish to continue to offer relinquishment services to everyone, the cost of doing so at no charge is prohibitive.

Effective January 25, 2017, all Humane Pennsylvania (HPA) shelters will charge a $50.00 “Out of County Fee” for any animals relinquished to a HPA shelter that originate outside of the county the shelter is located in. This applies to all species, whether stray or surrender.

This rule applies when an animal originates outside of the county that the HPA shelter is in, meaning that animals from Lancaster County that are dropped off at our Berks shelter will be charged the Out of County Fee, and animals dropped off at our Lancaster shelter that originate in Berks will be charged as well.

Please call your preferred shelter location if you have any questions regarding this new policy. We thank you for your understanding.