Lehigh County Humane Society

Allentown, Pennsylvania

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About The Lehigh County Humane Society

The Lehigh County Humane Society's history dates back to 1906 when the shelter was founded to provide refuge for homeless animals and advocate against cruelty to both children and animals. Today, their mission is threefold:

  • Advocate for breeds that are often overlooked
  • Provide medical care and services to pet owners who can't afford it
  • Find ideal forever homes for all the pets in their care

With over 200 animals being cared for by the shelter each day, they certainly have their hands full! They continue to support the prosecution of animal cruelty cases while rescuing and rehabilitating these vulnerable animals.

Contact Info

640 Dixon St
(610) 797-1205
Website: lehighcountyhumanesociety.org

Hours of Operation

Every day from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Except Tuesdays (appointment only)

Adoption Process

Ready to adopt a lucky animal from The Lehigh County Humane Society? Here's how it works:

  1. View all the lovable four-legged friends available for adoption on their website.
  2. If you see a pet you'd love to adopt, complete an adoption application. It can take 7-10 days for your application to be processed.
  3. Once approved, you'll be notified by email.
  4. After approval, complete an animal visit request form to schedule your visit to the shelter and meet the lucky animal you have your eye on. These appointments last about 30 minutes. If you have a dog or two at home, bring them along to meet their new brother or sister!
  5. You can't interact with any of the shelter animals without an approved application, so it's important to take care of that step as soon as possible.
  6. If the interaction goes well, all that's left is to complete the adoption paperwork and pay the associated fee.

Enjoy your new life with a loyal shelter companion!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at The Lehigh County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $350
  • Puppies (6+ month): $300
  • Small breed adults (1+ years, up to 25 lbs): $285
  • Medium breed adults (1+ years, 26-55 lbs): $265
  • Large breed adults (1+ years, 56-75 lbs): $245
  • Extra large breed adults (1+ years, over 75 lbs): $285
  • Seniors (7+ years): $150

Your dog adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention, deworming, flea and tick preventative, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and microchipping by 24PetWatch. An additional $6.50 fee will be charged if you're a Lehigh Country resident and need a dog license.


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $150
  • Adults (1+ years): $100

Your cat adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, FeLV and FIV testing, deworming, flea and tick prevention, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and microchipping by 24PetWatch.

Other Animals

  • Rabbits (including spay/neuter surgery): $75
  • Chinchillas: $75
  • Ferrets (including a rabies vaccination): $75
  • Other animals: $25

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Lehigh County Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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