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:

  • Are you financially prepared for a pet? Consider the following expenses: spaying or neutering, basic (and emergency) veterinary care, flea preventative, heart worm preventative, food, grooming. Up-to-date rabies vaccines for pet dogs and cats, as well as a current PA State dog license for dogs, are legally required under PA State law. Essential dog expenses cost an average of $1,533 annually (Pew Research Center, 2023).
  • Many pets live 10 to 15 years. How old will you be? Will you be adding new members to your family, such as children? How old will your children be?
  • Is there a chance you could move or be displaced 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? For example, breeds traditionally bred for herding may have greater exercise needs or they begin herding other animals/people.
  • Each animal is different in personality and needs. Each has their own likes and dislikes. They are living, thinking creatures who will change and grow. They cannot speak to let you know what they need. Are you prepared to have patience and understand the animal’s needs by watching their behavior and take the time to work to figure out a solution?

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 adopets.com 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.

Behavioral Assessment Color Key

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

Green Okay with kids and most other animals. A good option for first time dog owner/handlers.

Blue Active owner/handlers, caution around small children—high energy may be rough with children. Best if paired with opposite sex dogs, or dogs with a similar playstyle.

Purple Senior and/or special needs dogs. Kids and other animals based on individual dog’s needs.

Yellow A quiet household would be best. Would do better with older children, may do well with a confident canine companion. Time and patience needed.

Orange Experienced dog handlers only! Sometimes breed-specific or certain behavioral experience required based on the individual dog. No children or other animals.

BrownDogs who are more independent or reserved when not interacting with, or around, the people they know well and trust. Sometimes aloof and not showing any signs of their personality.