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Women's Humane Society

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

3839 Richlieu Road
Bensalem, PA 19020

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

*We adopt within a 50-mile radius of our Bensalem, Bucks County location, just over the Philadelphia line. Please do not request us to waive this adoption radius policy as the dogs who typically elicit that request will place very quickly within this radius. This distance allows us to follow through on our commitment to their care through access to our vets, trainers, and field agent.

About Our Shelter:

Founded in 1869, there are many firsts in our history- the first humane animal shelter, first low cost veterinary clinic and first animal ambulance service to name a few.
We are a full-service, all-access 501 (c) (3) animal welfare organization offering humane education, cruelty investigations, sheltering and adoptions, a walk-in veterinary clinic and hospital surgeries by appointment.

Animals with a strong prognosis for a fulfilling life beyond our shelter walls are offered for adoption, those with significant risk factors or who are suffering or at significant risk of abuse, neglect, or harm to others are euthanized. We will seek out rescue for special needs animals or those who are overwhelmed by the shelter environment. Once animals are posted on the internet, they are not in need of rescue placement and will likely place within hours to days of being posted.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our Bensalem facility is our only location and adoptable animals may be viewed 26 hours each week during our adoption hours. Interested adopters are encouraged to visit at the start of adoption hours as often as possible as many of our highly adoptable animals are placed without even being posted on the internet. Avoid wasting valuable time, both yours and ours, by reading the adoption related pages on our website at

All adoptions are first come, first served- defined as an applicant at our facility with a completed application submitted at the time that the animal is available. We do not maintain lists, pool applications, charge application fees, or hold animals.

Our Adoption Process:

We recommend a minimum donation of $20.00 on all puppies, kittens, cats and dogs- less for small animals and more for birds. If people are unable to afford this donation, this opens the door for discussion of the ability to afford ongoing pet care costs.

The adoption donation includes an intake vet exam, distemper series vaccine and wormer on all animals at the time of intake and a follow-up veterinary exam and stool check within two weeks from the date of discharge.

All animals over 12 weeks of age will receive a rabies shot and the fee at the time of adoption is $23.00

All unaltered animals who are old enough for surgery will have the surgery done before leaving our facility. The costs are: male cat neuter $50.00, female cat spay $65.00, male dog neuter $90.00, female dog spay $90.00. If the animal is too young for surgery (typically those under 4 months) a surgery deposit in the above amount will be made and the adopter may schedule the surgery at the time of the follow-up exam.

We encourage adopters to have kittens and cats tested for Feline Leukemia and AIDS (one combo test for both is available) and dogs for heartworm. The fee for these tests is $30.00 a piece.

Heartworm and flea preventive medications are available for an additional charge dependent upon the animal's weight at the time of adoption. Animals over 5 months of age must have a negative heartworm test before beginning preventive treatment.

When adopting a dog, please bring proof of home ownership or a rental agreement specifying any breed, size or weight limitations. The home owner or leasee, and pet owner must be involved in the adoption process.

All children under the age of 12 must meet with a dog. We place those dogs with a history of being good with children in homes with children under 12. If we have no history on the dog, any children in an adoptive family need to be over the age of 12.

Most medium and large dogs will require either a fully fenced yard or a cable run. A field agent will check for these things before an adoption is finalized.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.