Our Adoption Process

Adopting a new friend from the Elk County Humane Society is really very simple.  All you have to do is fill out our application for the dog or cat you are interested in.  This can be done right at the shelter or by filling out the online application using the link at the right side of this page.  The application contains some questions to help us get to know you better.  You will be asked to supply your veterinarian for a quick reference check.  Don't panic new pet owners!  Don't have a vet yet?  Supply a few non-family references that can vouch for your ability to care for an animal.  When the paperwork is all done a "meet and greet" with other family dog(s) will be encouraged.  We offer fostering the new pet for about a week.  This allows time to make sure everything will work out for both family and pet(s).  If a connection is made then you have a new best friend and an official adoption can be completed.  All dog adopters must leave the shelter will either a yearly or lifetime license before adopting their new best friend.  Easy, right?

Changes to Adoption Protocol

Beginning January 1st 2019, the state of Pennsylvania now requires that all dog adopters purchase either a yearly or lifetime license before adopting their new best friend.  Only cash or check payments will be accepted for the purchasing of a license.  If you have any questions, please call the shelter at (814) 834-3247 or email us at management@echumanesociety.org. 

Featured Cat and Dog

Adoption fees are waived for kitties and dogs are half off with an approved application.

8 Years Old | Chihuahua/Terrier Mix | Spayed Female | Tan and White


Mattie was surrendered to the shelter because her original owner was no longer able to care for her due to her own health problems. This girl is the sweetest dog you'll ever meet. She can be a something of a couch potato but even she can't pass up the opportunity to go for a walk. She loves people and gives great kisses! Mattie does take medication to control seizures, but she takes her pill very well.

4 Years Old | Domestic Short Hair | Neutered Male | Orange Tabby


Pete was surrendered to the shelter due to an overcrowding situation with 17 other cats. When he first came to us, he was in pretty bad shape but now that he's back to health he's more than ready to find his forever family. He loves to play with pipe cleaners and climb our cat tree. While Pete is super friendly, he would prefer a home as the only cat.