It is important that stray animals be taken to a shelter where the owner may come to look for the animal. The shelters listed below provide the best opportunity for the animal to be found.
Any person attempting to bring a stray dog or cat to the Humane Society must present valid photo identification. You must bring in photo ID to relinquish any animal per state law. We hold strays for a minimum of 48 hours. If the pet is not reclaimed, it will go through our regular adoption process.
The Erie Humane Society is contracted to take in city strays. Other rescue institutions in the area may not take in city strays until all attempts have been made to contact Erie Animal Enforcement and Erie Humane Society. The finder must call Erie Animal Enforcement through the police department: 814-870-1125.
The Animal Enforcement Officer will take the animal to the Humane Society for it to find its owner.
The Humane Society maintains a contract with Millcreek Township to accept and shelter stray dogs and cats found within the township’s boundaries. If you find a stray dog or cat in Millcreek, call the Millcreek Police Department at 814-833-7777 and they should arrange for the Animal Control Officer to pick up the animal from you.
The Officer will bring the animal to the Humane Society for sheltering.
The Humane Society also maintains an agreement with Summit Township to accept and shelter stray dogs and cats found within the township’s boundaries.
Dogs found in elsewhere Erie County must be reported to the State Dog Warden, at 814-934-2983. Stray dogs are taken to the ANNA Shelter: 814-451-0230.
The finder of the cat should call around to the aforementioned shelters and report the animal as found in an attempt to find the owner. If the finder is willing to pay our intake fee of $20.00, they are welcome to bring the cat into the Humane Society and surrender it as their own.