Our Adoption Philosophy
The goal of the Humane Society’s Adoption Program is to find a permanent lifelong home for the animals in our care. We are not interested in adopting to people who want “a live toy” for their children or to those who capriciously on a whim, decide “it would be fun” to have a pet.
Each animal in our care is special to us. Therefore, our concern for these animals is deep and our commitment to them extends even beyond the time they leave our doors.
With this in mind, we go to great lengths to match our animals with the best guardians we can find. If we feel that an adoption applicant is not the best match for an animal, we reserve the right to deny that application and will then provide that person with adoption counseling based on our many years of working in the animal sheltering field.
Adopting a pet is a serious act, one that should not be taken lightly. Animals are sentient beings and have the right to loving, caring homes where all of their needs are conscientiously met for the extent of their lifetime. The Lehigh County Humane Society takes its role seriously and will knowingly settle for nothing less!
As a life saving animal shelter, each of our animals is special in its own right and our quest to find each one a wonderful, lifelong home takes time and careful consideration.
Therefore, we appreciate your cooperation as we work through the steps of the adoption procedure.
1. Walk through the shelter. Look carefully at the informational card that is prominently displayed on each dog’s kennel run, on each cat’s cage or on the large windows outside the cat communtiy rooms.
2. Return to the lobby’s front desk and inform a receptionist of the name of the animal in which you are interested.
3. For dogs, the dog you choose will be brought to you. You will then take the dog for a walk in the large area at the rear of our building and/or meet with the dog in the “get Acquainted” Room.
4. For cats, the cat you choose will be brought to you and you will be allowed to interact with the cat in the “Get Acquainted” Room.
5. At this point, if you have decided to pursue an adoption of the animal, you will be required to complete an adoption application. You are asked to complete both sides of the application while you are in the shelter. In that way, any questions you may have can be answered immediately by one of the LCHS staff members.
6. An adoption team will review your application and preform the required reference checks.
Any incorrect or incomplete data can delay or void your application.
7. Within 24 to 72 hours you will be contacted by a member of the adoption team to clarify any issues or to inform you that your application has been approved or denied.
The animals in our care are adopted at our discretion. We reserve the right to make a studied determination as to the best home placement for that particular animal.
Dogs: The cost for a dog adoption is $150.00 which includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, Heartworm testing, Heartworm preventative, deworming, flea and tick preventative, ear cleaning, nail trimming and microchipping by 24 hour Pet Watch. If the dog is too young to be spayed/neutered at the time of adoption then additional fees are involved. * If you reside in Lehigh County you are also required to purchase a county dog license for $7.00.
Cats: The cost for a cat adoption is $50.00 which includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, FelV testing, deworming, flea and tick preventative, ear cleaning, nail trimming and microchipping by 24 hour Pet Watch. If the cat is too young to be spayed/neutered at the time of adoption then additional fees are involved.
- Rabbits: $30.00
- Guinea Pigs: $10.00
- Hamsters/Gerbils: $5.00+
- Iguanas: $25.00
- Snakes: $35.00
- Birds: $5.00+
- Ferrets: $40.00
Adoption Spay/ Neuter Policy
All dogs and cats adopted from the Humane Society are spayed and neutered before the animals leave the shelter to reside in their new homes.
If your application is approved, the pet is then placed on the Spay/Neuter Schedule. The surgery will either be performed in our on-site surgery suite or will be performed at one of our local participating veterinary hospitals. Because we need to work around the availabitly of the veterinarians’ services, it may take one week to ten days before the surgery is performed and the pet is ready to go to its permanent home.
In the meantime, the new parent is welcomed to visit the pet as frequently as he/she wishes in order to begin the bonding process.
Of course, the highpoint of the adopting is to watch the new adopter and the happy pet leave the shelter to begin a gratifying and loving life together.
Remember: When you come to pick up your new pet, you must come with a collar and leash or harness for a dog or a proper cat carrier for a cat. The animal will not be allowed to leave the shelter unless it is safely contained by a leash or in a carrier.