Surrendering a Pet

 

Owner Surrendered Pets:

Pet owners surrendering their animals must call to schedule an appointment and are asked to provide vet records or your veterinarian information.  Residents of Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties may surrender animals to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter by appointment, between the hours of 9:00 am and noon, 6 days a week: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun.  We are closed to the public on Tuesdays to give us time for uninterrupted staff meetings, veterinary care transports and maintenance.    Due to the overwhelming number of animals that we receive, the shelter cannot accept animals from any other counties.  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.

Your dog should be vaccinated against Distemper and Parvovirus and your cat should be vaccinated with the FVRCP vaccine before entering the shelter. These diseases can kill your pet if they have no immunity before entering a group environment such as a kennel or shelter.

Do not surrender your pet to the shelter as a stray.  A “stray” must wait longer to get to the adoption area because it has no history. Please give as much information as possible about your pet so that it can be matched up with an adopter that will provide the best home.

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

Stray Animal Surrender:

Stray dogs, aka “Dogs at Large” are handled by the State Dog Wardens.  Each County has one State Dog Warden, who in some cases handle multiple counties.  Some cities also have animal control officers. In Lackawanna County, only the city of Scranton has an animal control officer who handles animal concerns within the city limits.

Stray animals should be reported to your Regional State Dog Warden (each county has an assigned warden).  If you pick up a stray animal, please call the shelter to make sure we can immediately accommodate the animal.

People may surrender stray animals found in Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter by appointment, between the hours of 9:00 am and noon, 6 days a week: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun.  We are closed to the public on Tuesdays to give us time for uninterrupted staff meetings, veterinary care transports and maintenance.  Due to the overwhelming number of animals that we receive, the shelter cannot accept animals from any other counties.  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.

Please read below for Dog Warden and Control Officer Contact Information.


 

Several Resources are Here to Help The Public with Specific Animal Related Situations:

  • Humane Officers

Investigate and Pursue Animal Cruelty Cases

Lackawanna County Humane Police Officer: Sandy Scala 570-586-3700

  • Scranton Animal Control  ~ City of Scranton Residents Only

Animal Control Officer Katie Neary   570-348-4180,  ext 7

  • Regional State Dog Wardens:
    • Handle Stray Dogs
    • Ensure the welfare of breeding dogs and puppies in commercial breeding kennels.
    • Regulate activities pertaining to dogs that are classified as dangerous
    • Oversee annual licensure and rabies vaccinations for dogs.

PA State Dog Law Enforcement, Department of Agriculture
Keeping Pennsylvania Growing means managing the millions of dogs living in the state. The Dog Law Enforcement Office is responsible for ensuring the welfare of breeding dogs and puppies in commercial breeding kennels. The Office also regulates activities pertaining to dogs that are classified as dangerous, and oversees annual licensure and rabies vaccinations for dogs.

Stray dogs, aka “Dogs at Large” are handled by the State Dog Wardens. Each County has one State Dog Warden, who in some cases handle multiple counties. Some cities also have animal control officers. In Lackawanna County, only the city of Scranton has an animal control officer who handles animal concerns within the city limits.

Link to the PA State Dog Warden Contact List:

http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_75292_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/PublicationDetail.aspx?name=State-Dog-Warden-Contacts-by-County&navid=11&parentnavid=0&pubid=790&

List of NEPA State Dog Wardens by County:

Lackawanna Tina Walter 570-350-0804
Luzerne Jim Spencer 570-350-9392
Monroe George Nixon 570-629-1099
Wyoming Tina Walter 570-350-0804
Wayne James Rickert 570-350-3589
Susquehanna Jesse Baker 570-579-4588