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

  • We DO allow out of the area adoptions - however you must come to the shelter for the adoption.  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.  It is important for us to meet you here.
  • 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.
  • A "Meet and Greet" is required if you have other pets in your home (dogs only).  Call or email the shelter if you have questions regarding this rule.
  •  A free office visit is offered through our vet - information provided at time of adoption.
  • Adoption fees vary from $25 and up.   Fees are listed by each individual animal. 
  • If you adopt a cat or dog that is unaltered, you will receive a voucher to have the pet fixed. The shelter will cover the cost the the spay or neuter surgery.


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