Adoption Information

Have you found a pet at the Humane Society of Lebanon County that you’re ready to adopt? Or is there an animal that you’re interested in? That’s great! Now you’re ready for the next step in the adoption process!

Applications are available here or at the Humane Society of Lebanon County. If you fill out a paper application please bring it in to our shelter. Our front office staff will review the applications as they are received. PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to provide proof of current vaccines and spay/neuter status for all animals currently in your home in order to approve your adoption application. You may drop off vaccine records in person at the shelter, or have them emailed to us at, or FAXED to 717-866-2782.

Adoption applications are not processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please understand that our goal at the Humane Society is to ensure that all of our shelter animals are matched with their ideal human companion and are placed in a home where they will be happy and thrive. The safety and health of our shelter pets always comes first. We will always make the decision that is in the best interest of the shelter animal.

Please note: Staff looks at all applications to find the best fit for each animal. Sometimes we receive many good applications for a single pet, but only one family can be selected to take that pet home. We appreciate your understanding if you are not selected this time. We do not have the ability or resources to inform all of the other applicants when a pet has been adopted. You should not expect to receive a call if you are not selected. We do our best to update our website and Facebook page in a timely manner so you can see which pets have already been adopted.

So what is our office specifically looking for on your adoption application? If you and your family rent a home or apartment, our front office will contact your landlord to make sure you are allowed to have pets. Please be sure to include your landlord or housing complex’s phone number on your application so that we can contact them. If you have a “pet agreement” or lease you may bring the documentation in to save time. Applications will not be approved until we are able to get in contact with your landlord.

If you have other cats or dogs living in your home, you will be required to show proof that they are up to date on vaccines and spayed or neutered. You can bring vet records with you to the shelter, or have your veterinarian email them to us at or FAX to 717-866-2782. Humane Society of Lebanon County staff will no longer call your veterinarian for vaccine records, as many veterinary hospitals and clinics in the area will not release medical records to a third party.

If you are interested in adopting a dog from the shelter and have another dog at home (or multiple dogs), we require that you bring your current dogs in for a meet and greet to make sure that they all get along. Meet and greets are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and will be scheduled after your application has been approved. All persons (adult & children) residing in the household  must come to the Humane Society to meet with the shelter animal, to ensure that the animal will be well-placed in the home.

If everything goes well at the meet and greet, you may put a 24 hour hold on an animal, or opt to take the shelter animal home with you that day. Please note that we can only hold an animal for 24 hours, and no longer. If the shelter animal is not picked up within the 24 hour hold period, the animal will be placed up for adoption once again.

Cat and dog adoption packages include the following: spay/neuter, first vaccinations, de-worming, flea treatment, HomeAgain microchip and starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet food.

Cat adoption also includes a FeLV/FIV test.

Any adopter who does not bring their own cat carrier must purchase a cardboard caddie from our shelter for a fee of $5 per caddie. This fee covers our cost of the caddies.

Dog adoption includes collar and leash.

For information on our adoption fees and dog licenses, please see below. Have more questions on the adoption process? Send us an email at We’ll be happy to help!

Adoption Fees

Adoption Fees:
Kittens 2 months to 6 months old: $75
Cats 7 months to 9 years: $55
Cats 10 years and over: $25

Adoption Fees:
Puppies 3 months to 11 months: $250
Dogs 1 year to 7 years: $125
Dogs 8 years and older : $50

Hamster or Gerbil*$25Mouse or Rat*$25
Guinea Pig*$25Bird*$25

*Small animal adoption fees do not include any supplies, unless they were donated along with the animal. Please inquire at the front desk for more information.

If you are adopting a dog or puppy over three months of age, Pennsylvania law requires that you purchase a dog license at the time of adoption. Fees vary from $5.00 to $9.00 depending on the adopter and the dog’s sterilization status. We can provide Lebanon County residents with a current year dog license when adopting. Residents of other counties must obtain a license from their County Treasurer or a satellite office.