Surrendering a Pet

If your pet was adopted from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and you need to surrender the animal it MUST be returned to us-no exceptions.

There are circumstances when an animal must leave its life-long home: when an owner becomes physically unable to care for it or the owner is terminally ill; when a dog has shown true unprovoked aggression. These are “valid” reasons (although owners need to be aware that true unprovoked aggression may indicate a dog is not adoptable).

“Poor” reasons for surrendering a pet: .

     -The dog won’t listen.

     -We can’t house-train the dog.

     -The cat “marks”.

     -The dog chews.

     -We’re moving.

     -Nobody takes care of the dog/cat but me.

     -We don’t have time for the dog/cat.

     -The dog growled/snapped at my child/me.


If this sounds like your situation there is usually a solution that will allow you and your pet to stay together and out of an already over-crowded shelter. 

We do not put a time limit on how long an animal may stay here while awaiting adoption. This leads some people to form the mistaken belief that we will somehow adopt out every animal surrendered to us. We wish it could be like that, but the reality is that we cannot guarantee that your pet will be adopted into another home.

Due to space constraints, we ask you contact us to arrange for the intake of your pet prior to bring it to the shelter during regular business hours. Any paperwork/medical records/history you can provide us with on your pet is important and appreciated as well as any food your pet is accustomed to.

The shelter incurs many costs in caring for surrendered animals, including food, quality medical care, maintenance costs for the buildings, heating, and more. To help off-set these costs, a monetary donation or a donation of supplies is deeply appreciated.




Please call to schedule surrendering a pet.


Wednesday-Monday: 12pm - 4pm

Tuesdays: Closed



967 Griffin Pond Road

Clarks Summit, PA 18411



Phone: (570) 586-3700

Fax: (570) 586-4375



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