Operation During COVID-19

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Updated 5/16/21

Operation During COVID-19:

MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING

The Erie Humane Society is unable to discuss the vaccination status of our staff, but we want to assure you that we are following all current CDC Guidelines in order to protect you during your visit to our shelter. For information on the most up-to-date CDC guidelines, visit the CDC website here.

MASKS & MEETING SHELTER DOGS:

Our staff works with stray animals who are often fearful and may not respond well to mask wearing. Research shows dogs respond more to non-verbal cues mainly associated with our faces. We are carefully observing each dog's response to masks and adjusting interaction accordingly. This helps us prevent a possible bite, scratch, or even an attack, due to fear.

In the event that potential adopters are meeting with a dog that does not respond well to masks, we will openly communicate that prior to meeting with the dog.

APPOINTMENT REQUIRED FOR INTAKES ONLY

  • Appointments are no longer required for pet adoption, fosters, or reclaims.
  • Appointments ARE REQUIRED for animal intakes including stray animals and owner surrenders. Call the Shelter at 814-835-8331 to schedule.

ADOPTIONS

Pet adoptions no longer require an appointment. We encourage potential adopters to continue utilizing our online dog/cat application to submit an application for approval. You can also view adoptable animals on our website:

IF YOU NEED TO SIGN AN ANIMAL OVER

If you need to surrender your animal to the Erie Humane Society, or if you have found a stray, you must call us to in advance to schedule an appointment at 814-835-8331.

IF YOU FIND A STRAY

If you find a stray dog, please contact the appropriate animal control officer for your municipality (City of Erie, Millcreek, and Erie County). We are contracted with the City of Erie and Millcreek, to accept stray dogs and return them to their owners when located. Find more information on Stray Services.

Stray cats are considered "free-roam". If you need to surrender cats, please contact the shelter to schedule an appointment.

IF YOUR PET GOES MISSING

If your pet goes missing, we encourage you to call us and file a lost report so that we can be on the lookout for your missing pet. Check out our additional lost and found tips.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CONCERNS

The EHS Animal Cruelty team has maintained normal operation throughout the pandemic. Any concerns regarding animal cruelty should be called in to our humane officers at 814-835-8360.

PET WELLNESS CLINIC/PET GROOMING/DOG-TRAINING

The Pet Wellness Clinic is operating normally, by appointment, for services including vaccines, spay/neuter, private cremation, and pet grooming.

Please note - we are currently booking spay/neuter procedures approximately 4 to 5 months out, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to get your pet scheduled.