Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide the best quality of life for animals entrusted to our care until new loving homes may be found; to promote humane education, adoption awareness and responsible pet ownership as well as investigate, help prosecute and prevent cruelty to animals; speaking for those that cannot speak for themselves.


Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted, and abused animals. Originally located near Nay Aug Park in Scranton, the shelter relocated in 1983 to its current location at 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Twp, PA 18411.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter is a registered, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, serving Lackawanna County, and receives no federal, state or county government funding or support from any national animal organizations.  We exist soley on donations from the community, fundraising events, bequests and grants.

The shelter cares for approximately 200 animals on a daily basis, which is a considerable cost when you consider how much staff, food, medicine and supplies the shelter requires to operate. We also provide for animals that are sick, elderly and injured that are in our custody due to various reasons such as owner surrenders and cruelty case investigations.

We know that we alone cannot change the world, but if our efforts at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter inspire you to better understand the needs of these animals, and influence you to assist us in helping them, then together we can positively transform the future of homeless and abused animals in our community. With our work and your continued support, these animals are given a second chance.

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