Open Your Heart and Your Home to a Furry Friend
Your new best friend might just be waiting for you at one of NEPA’s animal shelters. If you’re thinking about getting a pet, our local rescues are full of good boys and girls looking for their forever homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies and more—each pet has their own story and personality, and volunteers can help you find the right one for you.
Even if you can’t adopt right now, you can still show some love to homeless pets. Many shelters rely on the community for support, and your donations will help keep bowls filled and tails wagging. You can also give your time as a volunteer (plus you’ll get to give lots of belly rubs).
Some shelters have changed their hours due to COVID-19, and appointments may be required. Call or check online before visiting.
NEPA Animal Shelters:
Animal Resource Center
This no-kill shelter has a 20-acre facility where dogs and cats can live and play until they find their forever homes. Animal Resource Center also educates the public on pet care and advocates for animal rights.
Animal Welfare Society of Monroe
Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (affectionately known as AWSOM) is a no-kill shelter that cares for cats and dogs until they find loving homes. They also operate a Wellness Center that provides low-cost veterinary care for the Monroe County community.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge
Dogs, cats, rabbits and more have found a safe haven at Blue Chip, a zero-kill animal refuge in the Back Mountain countryside. This nonprofit takes extra time and care to make sure you and your new pet are a perfect match.
Camp Papillon Animal Shelter
Located at a former summer camp, this no-kill shelter provides plenty of space for animals to live and roam until they meet their new families. They work tirelessly to care for pets in need and speak out against animal cruelty.
Dessin Animal Shelter
Thousands of dogs and cats have found their chance at a happy, healthy life at Dessin Animal Shelter. Since 1968, this small, rural shelter has made a huge impact in the lives of local pets and people.
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
Clarks Summit, PA
Established in 1938, Griffin Pond seeks justice for abused animals and provides shelter for dogs and cats in need. They care for about 250 animals on a daily basis and are entirely funded through private donations.
Laura’s Hope Rescue
Hop Bottom, PA
Laura’s Hope is a private, volunteer-run rescue that saves dogs from high-kill shelters across the country. Since 2009, they’ve provided a second chance to 1,300 dogs and counting.
Northeast PA Pet Fund & Rescue
This foster-based rescue takes in animals from the local area and high-risk shelters across the country. They’ve saved over 1,400 dogs and cats since 2013 and are always adding to their list of success stories.
SPCA of Luzerne County
The SPCA of Luzerne County provides shelter for unwanted animals that have nowhere else to turn. They work diligently to educate the public about animal care and give a voice to abused pets.
True Friends Animal Welfare Center
True Friends is a no-kill shelter that cares for homeless dogs and cats in the Endless Mountains and beyond. They also assist with low-cost spay and neuter programs and lost pet services.
More Local Animal Shelters & Rescues:
Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue – Pine Grove, PA
Adopt a Boxer Rescue – Olyphant, PA
Animals Can’t Talk Rescue and Adoption – East Stroudsburg, PA
Back in Black Dog Rescue – Tower City, PA
Carbon County Animal Shelter – Nesquehoning, PA
Carbon County Friends of Animals – Jim Thorpe, PA
Friends With Paws Pet Rescue – Scranton, PA
Hillside SPCA – Pottsville, PA
It’s Ruff Without a Roof – Union Dale, PA
Mureille’s Place – Wapwallopen, PA
One Life to Live Pet Rescue & Adoption – Scranton, PA
Pike County Humane Society – Shohola, PA
Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA – Pine Grove, PA