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Our Featured Lancaster, PA Partner:

Humane League of Lancaster County

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.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We are a non-profit animal shelter that accepts stray dogs in Lancaster County as well as owned dogs from residents in Lancaster County. We do not accept stray dogs from the following townships; Christiana, Conoy, Colerain, Drumore, East Drumore, Fulton, Leacock, Little Britian, Salisbury, and stray dogs from East Lampeter must be brought in by a police officer. If you are an approved adopter we will adopt to residents all over Pennsylvania as well as out of state residents because we are always looking for great families to give our animals loving, forever homes.

About Our Shelter:

About Us

The Humane League of Lancaster County, The Best Place to Find A Best Friend

Mission Statement
The mission of the Humane League of Lancaster County is to ensure the health, happiness and welfare of domesticated animals in Lancaster County.

For the animals in our care, we strive to place them in suitable, responsible homes on a permanent basis, as quickly as possible. We provide them with facilities that are welcoming, comfortable, clean and appropriate for each species and individual animal. Our staff is compassionate toward the animals and act as good stewards of humanity at a time when the animals need it the most.

We have well-established partnerships and connections with many other organizations to help place animals, and share resources and information.

Animal Abuse Investigation & Law Enforcement
The Humane League of Lancaster County employs two full time Court Appointed Humane Society Police Officers who investigate reports of domestic animal abuse and neglect and prosecute cases of animal abuse.

Lost and Found
The shelter is the only facility in Lancaster County which accepts stray pets, from cats and dogs to ferrets and chickens. Lost reports are help on file, and checked against reports of found animals and the incoming stray animals.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Humane League offers many opportunities for interested individuals to gain experience working with animals, learn more about animal welfare issues, and work with other animal lovers to improve the lives of animals in our community. Volunteers can work directly with the animals, or support the work of the shelter through raising money, educating the public, or providing administrative assistance. Due to the generously donated time and assistance of volunteers the shelter can offer many high quality programs and services to Lancaster County pets and residents.

Foster Care Program
Foster Parents offer short-term and long-term care to animals who are unable to be immediately placed for adoption. By providing care to injured, sick, or neonatal animals, Foster Parents make it possible for these animals to be adopted.

Members of the League are the shelter’s biggest supporters. They receive a membership packet, our quarterly newsletter Paw Prints, and discounts from various vendors. Memberships run on a calendar year, January through December.

Come Meet our Pets:

Satellite Adoption Site:
That Fish Place/That Pet Place
237 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA
Adoption Hours
Friday- cats only 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Where is the Humane League?
Just east of Lancaster City on Route 30, accessible to every Lancaster County resident.
Humane League of Lancaster County
2195 Lincoln Hwy. East
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-6551
Shelter Hours
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Our Adoption Process:

The adoption fees include a variety of things to show our appreciation to the new families. The fees include the spay/neuter before the animal goes home, a microchip, matching collar and leash (for dogs), a starter bag of food that the animal has been eating (Science Diet), their basic vaccinations, a training DVD for that extra help once the animal is home, and a free follow-up visit to one of our participating vets.

The adoption fees are as follows; Dogs 6 months and under is $175, dogs 7months to 6 years is $120 and dogs 7 years and older is $50.

Cats under 6 months is $115, cats 6 months to 4 years is $85, cats 5 years to 7 years is $45 and cats 8 years and older are free.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

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.