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 it out using the link on the right hand 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.  Once everything is approved, we will fill out the paperwork to make it all official, unless the pet is not yet spayed or neutered then they will be put on foster until they are fixed.  If it doesn't work out, don't worry!  We offer a 90 day return policy where your adoption fee will be refunded if your new pet turns out to not be the best fit.  All dog adopters must leave the shelter with 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.

2 Years Old | Neutered Male | Domestic Short Hair


Hazel was surrendered to the shelter after his original owner passed away. This handsome guy is on independent side. He enjoys doing his own thing for the most part, and would prefer a quiet home where he is the "king of a castle" as the only kitty. Hazel can usually be found laying atop the comfiest spot in house whether that be a nice fluffy bed, a warm window sill, or maybe even your lap.


6 Years Old | Neutered Male | Pit Bull Mix


Uno was surrendered to the shelter after his original owners could not longer care for him.  This gentle giant is more than just a smiling face!  While he's a couch potato, he enjoys his daily walking time very much.  Uno is a gentlemen on a leash too, so its sure to become your favorite time of day also.  Meeting new people is a little scary for Uno, but we promise after a treat or two he'll be crawling on your lap for cuddles.  Uno would like a home where he's the only pet and with no young children.

2 Years Old | Terrier Mix | Neutered Male

Junior was also brought to the shelter after being found as a stray in South Carolina. This handsome guy always greets you with a lopsided smile and wagging tail. He loves, loves, loves going for walks carrying one of his stuffed toys in his mouth, so he can proudly show it off. Junior also enjoys cuddle time (and he gives the best kisses too)! Since everything is exciting and new to Junior, he can get mouthy at times.

4 Years Old | Terrier Mix | Neutered Male

Clay was found as a stray in South Carolina and brought to Pennsylvania due to the southern shelter's overcrowding problem. This boy is unmatched! He has it all; cuddly, playful, and cute to boot. Clay is perfectly content entertaining himself or playing with you if you'd like to join in on the fun. One of his favorite activities is throwing his stuffed toy into the air and playing catch with himself.