Surrendering a Family or Found Pet

We understand certain circumstances are beyond your control; but ask that you consider all other options prior to bringing your family pet to a shelter. A shelter should be your last option. If you are absolutely unable to keep your pet; ask friends, family or a neighbor if they would consider taking your pet into their home.

Owner Surrender

  • You must be a resident of Lackawanna and Wyoming County  to surrender your pet (Due to the overwhelming number of animals we receive, the shelter CANNOT accept animals from any other counties)
  • You MUST call to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet
  • Please provide all veterinarian records for the pet at the time of surrender
  • A valid driver’s license or state ID is required to surrender your pet
  • A $10 minimum donation per animal is required upon surrender
  • Your pet should be vaccinated BEFORE entering any group environment such as the shelter.  If your pet is not vaccinated, their system will have no immunity and exposure to diseases, such as those below, can be fatal.
    • Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper and Parvovirus
    • CATS should be vaccinated with the FVRCP vaccine

PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT surrender your family pet to the shelter as a stray.  A “stray” must wait longer to get to the adoption area because it has no past history. By providing as much information as possible about your pet, it will be available for adoption more quickly, making the transition to their new home less stressful.


Stray/Found Animals

We appreciate good samaritans but please remember, once you pick up an animal, you become responsible for them. The shelter may not have a cage immediately available for the animal.

If you have found an animal:

  • Please check with all your neighbors prior to contacting the shelter or authorities! Some animals do not stray that far from home.
  • If the pet does not have a collar or tags, please have the pet scanned for a microchip at your local shelter, police department or veterinarian. Many pets can be quickly reunited with their owners if they possess a microchip. (PLEASE NOTE: some owners write their phone numbers on the inside of a pets’ collar)
  • If you are unable to locate the owner, contact the shelter and schedule an appointment to bring the pet to the shelter
  • You must be a resident of Lackawanna and Wyoming County  to drop off animals  (Due to the overwhelming number of animals we receive, the shelter CANNOT accept animals from any other counties)
  • A valid driver’s license or state ID is required to drop off animals
  • $10 minimum donation per animal is requested upon drop off


PLEASE NOTE:  The 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