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Need To Give Up Your Pet?


Facing the decision to give up your pet can be devastating and we know it’s not easy. We understand that there are sometimes circumstances that may prevent you from being able to keep your pet, and Humane Pennsylvania is here to help.

  • Consider using the free website Home to Home to find a new home for your pet yourself, rather than taking them to a shelter.

Click here to rehome your pet using Home to Home

  • If you’re interested in keeping your pet, you’ll find our alternatives and resources below that can help you address medical, behavioral and other concerns.
  • If you need to bring your pet to a Humane Pennsylvania shelter, please call 610-921-2348 to make a pre-admission phone appointment so we can provide you with instructions on how to give up your pet safely.

Have questions about giving up a pet? Email adoptreading@humanepa.org or adoptlancaster@humanepa.org for assistance.

Humane Pennsylvania cannot accept all animal surrenders. You are encouraged to contact us for an appointment. If you have found a stray animal, please click on our Animal Control/Strays link for more information.

Give up your pet without taking them to a shelter

  • Don’t rush! Take time to find your furry friend the best new home.
  • Increase your pet’s adoptability by having them spayed/neutered, groomed, and vaccinated.
  • Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and social networks that your pet is looking for a new home. The more people who know you need help, the better your chances of finding your pet a new family.
  • No one knows your pet better than you do! While interviewing potential adopters, be sure to share your expectations for your pet’s new home and be sure to ask questions to identify a home that will be a good fit for your pet.
  • Create a listing for your pet on Home to Home Animal Adoption service. They specialize in connecting pets who need a good home with families looking to adopt.
  • It is the responsibility of current owners to disclose any bite history to potential adopters. Rehoming platforms connect people looking to rehome their pets with interested adopters. The pets featured are not animals at Humane Pennsylvania and require direct communication with their caregivers through the platform itself. It is the responsibility of the individuals who express interest in a particular pet listed on these pages to obtain and verify information about the pet’s medical, behavior, and bite history. All information contained in the pets’ description page has been provided by their caregiver. Humane Pennsylvania does not verify the accuracy of the information provided.
  • Please, never abandon your pet! Humane Pennsylvania is here if you need to bring your pet to a shelter. Call or email Humane PA for assistance.

If you wish to surrender your pet to Humane Pennsylvania, pet surrenders are by appointment only, and you will be required to provide a photo ID, and you must agree to and sign the Surrender Policy. Please see the following contact information for our shelters:

The Freedom Center for Animal Life-Saving – Reading:
Phone: (610) 921-2348 | Email: adoptreading@humanepa.org

The Lancaster Center for Animal Life-Saving – Lancaster:
Phone: (717) 393-6551 | Email: adoptlancaster@humanepa.org

If you choose to give up your pet to Humane Pennsylvania, please remember that we cannot guarantee to find your pet a permanent adoptive home. HPA offers many programs and services that may help you to keep your pet where it belongs- with you.

To give your pet the best chance of being adopted into a new home, we will ask you to complete the following web forms prior to scheduling an appointment:

Humane Pennsylvania is a non-profit, independent charity that is not supported by tax dollars or public funding. We rely on the donations of those who make use of our services to support us. We request a minimum donation of $25.00 to help to cover the cost of providing our services to you and your pet. This applies to all species, whether stray or surrender.