should I

adopt a pet?

Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Our shelter performs veterinary examinations to animals when they arrive, and spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, we also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for their lifestyle.

Adoption Information

Some things to know when considering adoption
  • Why adopt?

    Why not adoption? So many pets sit in shelters or rescue, and many never make it out. Save a life, and don’t shop… adopt from your local shelter. The pets in shelters have been evaluated for excellent temperaments, no major health issues, and the love of a rescued shelter pet cannot be matched. If you’re looking for a pure-bred dog, 25% of the dogs in shelters are pure-bred whose owners either didn’t have the time or energy to keep them. Consider giving a shelter pet a fur-ever home, and you will make a friend for life.

  • How do I adopt a pet?

    Adopting a pet at the York County Animal Control Adoption Center is easy. There are many beautiful cats (and kittens) and dogs (and puppies) that need a good home.  Browse through our online adoptable pets and write down their ID number.  Then, visit the shelter during business hours (9am to 5pm M-F, 9:30-12:30 Sat) to come meet the dogs and cats in person to make sure that you are a match!

  • What to bring with me to the shelter?

    If you plan on taking home a new pet, you need to bring a government-issued ID, as well as the $77 adoption fee which covers the pets Spay or Neuter. Also, unless you know which animal you plan on adopting, come with some spare time, so you can visit with your potential new best friend! Our shelter staff and volunteers are here to make sure the adoption process is smooth and you find the best match possible.

  • Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?

    Pets adopted from the shelter are up to date on recommended age-appropriate vaccinations. They are also micro-chipped, and information is provided on how to register the chip with the national database at www.avidid.com. All animals adopted come with a health record for your veterinarian containing their shots and dates, as well as information on how to register the microchip. Heartworm positive animals are currently under treatment using the slow-kill doxycycline method and the remainder of their first treatment is provided by the shelter.

    Lastly, ALL animals that leave the shelter are spayed or neutered. If your new pet was not spayed or neutered when it entered the shelter, the procedure is not performed until the adoption fee is paid. You will have to wait a day or three to have our vet see the animal, and the shelter will notify you a day before your pet is ready to come home.