1555 E 10th St Erie, PA 16511 ~ 814-451-0230
Adoption/Surrender Info

If you're considering adoption or if you would like to place an animal with our program there are a few things you need to know.

Adopting an Animal

You must be at least 21 years of age in order to be considered as a potential adopter! You are applying for a minimum commitment of 10-15 years when you adopt a pet. Be sure you are willing and able to make the investment in time, finances, and training (average $1,000 annually) to properly care and maintain your new pet!

If you own your own home we will check to verify. If you rent/rent to own we will need the contact information for the property owner in order to verify that you are allowed to have a pet on the property. Please talk to your landlord about adopting as there may be breed and size restrictions that may apply.

We DO allow out of the area adoptions - however you must come to the shelter to meet with the animal and to process your adoption. You will be required to provide us with proof of home ownership a copy of your deed, mortgage statement, or property tax are all acceptable. We do not put holds on the animals available for adoption and we do not ship our pets - adoption requires a face to face interview with a member of our staff and your personal interaction with the animal.  There are no exceptions to this rule! A 24 hour meet and greet hold can potentially be placed on an animal of interest as long as your application has been pre-approved and there is no other applications pending (this hold only applies to out of area adopters and may exclude puppy adoptions)!!

Adoptions are based on the best possible fit for the new owner and animal.  Adoptions are never done on a "first come/first serve basis".  Your application may be approved or denied for any reason as we are trying to find the best fit possible in choosing lifelong homes. All children (if any) present in the home will be required to come in to meet with the animal of interest. All of our animals are spayed/neutered and up to date on their vaccinations. Basic Exams and Veterinary Care is provided for all animals in our care. 

A "Meet and Greet" is required if you have other pets in your home (dogs only). All pets in the home must be Spayed/Neutered and up to date on at least their Rabies vaccines in order to be considered to adopt! It is HIGHLY recommended that your dog/s also be up to date on the Bordetella ( Kennel Cough) Vaccine in order to help prevent them from contracting kennel cough as it is an airborne virus that is prominent here at the shelter. Please consult with your Veterinarian and/or Call the shelter if you have questions.


We do not refund adoption fees or reimburse for expenses.  Any expenses related to owning a pet are solely the responsibility of the new owner beginning when the animal leaves the shelter.  This includes, but is not limited to adequate food, shelter, and veterinary care.

Adoption Application

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Surrender Form

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 Surrendering An Animal

  • All intakes are done by appointment only. 
  • An intake fee will be determined before the appointment.  Average fees are $25-$50 depending on the amount of veterinary care your pet has received.
  • We may not be able to accomodate every animal at any given time.  Although every effort is made to take in as many animals as possible, this is not always feasible.  Please be patient with your requests.  We must put the interest of the animals first.  Overcrowding is not an option.
  • Only adoptable animals are accepted into our adoption program.  If your pet has incurable/terminal health issues or has tempermant/behavior issues that make him/her dangerous he/she may not be fit for our program.  We can discuss that with you at the time of your initial consultation.
  • There is no time limit for an animal in our program.  So long as the animal is adoptable - it will remain at the shelter until we find its forever home.
  • Our primary focus is for stray animals (homeless/without owners).  We try to accomodate owner surrenders as space allows.

We are a private non-profit no kill shelter and do the best we can with limited resources.  We ask for your understanding with our policies and your compliance.  The best interest of the animals is what we have in mind.

A Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Animal Welfare Association


Ruth Thompson, Director