Frequently Asked Questions…

Is the shelter name The Humane Society of Lackawanna County or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter?

Our legal business name is the Humane Society of Lackawanna County d/b/a Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

Our organization is in the process of changing its legal name to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. The name is being updated to avoid the presumption that we are operated by Lackawanna County or affliated with the Humane Society of the United States.

How can I donate?

We appreciate all donations whether monetary or supply oriented. Donations may be made online, mailed or in person at our front desk.

Mailed Donations:   967 Griffin Pond Rd    South Abington Twp, PA 18411

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Why are you closed Tuesdays?

We are closed to the public on Tuesdays to allow our staff time to complete more extensive tasks around the shelter such as building maintence and groundskeeping.

 Is Griffin Pond a “No-Kill” shelter?

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter is an open admission shelter. Simply stated, we accept all animals including those brought in from law enforcement and dog wardens.

We make every effort to find forever homes for the animals entrusted to our care, however, there are some instances where euthanasia is the best or only humane option. When an animal in our care is irremediably suffering and a veterinarian has determined the animal has no chance of an acceptable quality of life or the animal’s temperament poses a threat to themselves or society making them ineligible for adoption. We are the voice for those that cannot speak for themselves and with that comes great responsibility; euthanasia is not an option we take lightly.

What is the adoption process?

If you are interested in adopting a pet, obtain an application online or at the shelter.

Complete and return the application:

  • Email:
  • Fax:  570-586-4375
  • Mail: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter,  Attn: Adoptions, 967 Griffin Pond Road, S. Abington Twp, PA 18411

Processing time varies between 7-10 business days. An adoption counselor will usually contact you within 72 hours.

Our adoption fees include: spay/neuter, microchip and vaccination. Pennsylvania State law requires all adopted animals be spayed/neutered prior to leaving the shelter.


I can’t keep my pet. Can I bring it to the shelter?

Please make every effort to keep your pet or find it a new home with a friend, family, neighbor or co-worker before surrendering it to the shelter.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter accepts animals from residents of Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, between the hours of 9:00 am and noon, 6 days a week — closed Tuesdays. A valid driver’s license or state ID is required when surrendering any animal to the shelter and a $10 minimum donation per animal is required.

Pet owners surrendering their animals must call 570-586-3700 to schedule an appointment and are asked to provide vet records or your veterinarian information.

Do you board animals?

No. Griffin Pond Animal Shelter does not offer boarding facilities.

My pet is lost or I have found a pet, what should I do?

If your pet is missing or you have found a pet, call the shelter at 570-586-3700 as well as your local police and veterinarians as soon as possible. We also encourage you to utilize lost and found sites on social media such as Facebook.

When you call the shelter, a staff member will take a thorough description of the pet including where they were lost/found, when they were lost/found, distinquishing markings, etc. Please have this information available prior to calling.

* If you have found a pet – Don’t forget…. check for a microchip! (local shelters, law enforcement or veterinarians can scan the pet for a microchip). If a chip is found, this often expedites the return of the pet to their owner.

I have to put my pet to sleep; can I bring it to the shelter for euthanasia?

At Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, we understand that your pet is a beloved member of your family. Euthanasia requests are compassionately reviewed on an individual basis.

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Does the shelter have a veterinary clinic?

No. Griffin Pond Animal Shelter does not have a veterinary clinic.


How long do you keep animals at your shelter?

There are no time limits for the animals entrusted to our care. As long as an animal remains in good health and a sound temperament, we will continue to care for the pet until they are adopted.

What should I do if I suspect animal cruelty or neglect?

If you witness animal cruelty in Lackawanna County, immediately to report the situation to Humane Officer Lisa Lowry for investigation at: (570) 586-3700

To report animal cruelty outside of Lackawanna County, call your local animal shelter; ask for the humane officer or local law enforcement.

In case of emergency or if the act is violent/criminal – DIAL 911

How many animals do you care for?

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter currently cares for approximately 250-300 animals each and every day. 

What kind of animals do you care for?

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter cares for a variety of animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles and birds as well as other small critters. Occasionally, we receive a we recieve wildlife, farm animals or other exotic animals. Should this occur, we work closely with rescues, conservatories and wildlife groups to be certain the animal is placed with the appropriate facility for proper care.

There are stray pets in my neighborhood. Can you come pick them up?

No. Griffin Pond Animal Shelter does not pick up stray animals.

If there is a stray animal in your neighborhood, contact local law enforcement, animal control or the state dog warden.

State dog wardens are responsible for picking up stray “at large” dogs. Please refer to the informative PA Dog Law Enforcement web site for more information including the dog warden contacts list by county: CLICK HERE for information

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older due to liability insurance restrictions.

I am interested in volunteering at the shelter or holding a fundraiser on behalf of Griffin Pond. What do I do next?

Volunteers are always welcome and we love when our supporters come to us with fundraising ideas!

Visit our “Get Involved” page for details and service/fundraising request forms.

Please remember – you must obtain permission from shelter director for the use of our organization name, logo or likeness prior to promoting or holding a fundraising event on behalf of the shelter.