Adoption Information

The Lycoming County SPCA has many wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption. At times, we also have many other domestic animals available. Our adoption process is in place for the best interest of our animals. We may require additional steps in our process such as a home visit, permission from parents, or other additional requests. We appreciate your patience as we complete your adoption. Please note that animals in foster care are not housed at the shelter. 

PA Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, Kennel License #2617

Before adding a new member to your family, please consider the following:

  • Many pets live 10 to 15 years. How old will you be? How old will your children be?
  • Is there a chance you could move in the next 10 years? Are you willing to restrict your choice of housing to accommodate a pet?
  • If the pet is for a child are you willing to assume the care of the pet? Children must have parental guidance to care for a pet regardless of their age.
  • Each breed of animal has genetic characteristics that need to be considered. Have you researched the breed that you are interested in?
  • Are you financially prepared for a pet? Consider the following expenses: spaying or neutering, basic veterinary care, flea preventative, heart worm preventative, license, food, grooming.

If you feel you are ready to make a commitment to care for a new pet, you must complete the following:

  • Step 1: Complete the pre-adoption paperwork. To access the paperwork, choose a pet you are interested in from the Lycoming County SPCA website. Next, click on the “Adopt Me” button in the pet’s profile. Next, you will create an online account through to process your paperwork.
  • Step 2: If you are adopting a dog, you may be asked to bring any dogs that you already have at home to the SPCA to meet the shelter dog.
  • Step 3: Make sure all family members have an opportunity to meet the new pet.
  • Step 4: Get your landlord’s permission.
  • Step 5: Agree to have the animal spayed or neutered, provide good care and a loving home.
  • Step 6: Pay the fees by credit card, debit card, cash, or check.
  • Step 7: Enjoy the unconditional love of your new pet.

Temperament Test Color Key

The Lycoming County SPCA completes a temperament test on each dog. The dogs are given temperament colors based on their behavior during the test.

Green – “All-American” – This dog does well with other dogs and children. The dog will be a good fit for a first-time dog owner.

Blue – “Life of the Party” – The dog will do best with an active owner. His boisterous nature is not suited for small children. The dog often feels his best when paired with a dog companion of the opposite gender or with a similar playstyle,

Purple – “Hard Knock Life” – This dog is a senior or has special needs. Depending on the dog, he may do well with children and other dogs.

Yellow – “Wallflower” – This dog prefers a quiet household. He will do well with older children and perhaps a confident canine companion.

Orange – “Playground Boss” – This dog’s owner will need to have breed experience. The dog will do best in a home without children or other dogs.

Brown – “Aloof-Independent” – This dog is not yet showing signs of his personality. Caretakers will re-test the dog in a few weeks, giving him more time to adjust to the shelter.