Surrender Information

In the event that you need to surrender your pet or a stray:

The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Rescue does accept surrenders. However, because we are a limited admission, no-kill, rescue organization and our space to house animals is minimal; it is important that you don’t wait until it is imperative that you find a placement. We rely heavily on volunteer foster care homes for our new arrivals. For this reason, all of our intakes for surrendered or stray animals must be done on an appointment basis. The scheduling of intake appointments depends on available space and foster homes to care for them, the rescue manager’s schedule, and the availability of our veterinary staff to assist in conducting intake exams. We are NOT able to accept pets that are dropped off at either our offsite adoption room OR our main location.

If you are in need of an intake appointment for your pet or for a stray abandoned pet:

Please call the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County at 717-983-8878

Please keep in mind that depending on the current number of animals we are caring for or have placed up for adoption; it could be anywhere from a week to several months before we would have an available intake appointment. Also, keep in mind that all animals scheduled for an intake appointment will be evaluated for behavior and adopt-ability and all cats must be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids viruses. There is no guarantee that we will accept the animal at the appointment.

In addition, we do require a surrender fee to help us provide necessary veterinary care and daily supportive care to the animals.

Our surrender fees are as follows:

$50.00 per animal
$75.00 per litter

Do you need to bring anything to your intake appointment?

If you have scheduled an intake appointment for an animal, you should have identification with you as well as any pertinent paperwork or veterinary records referencing your pet and the surrender fee when you arrive. Please be aware you will be asked to sign a surrender form, transferring legal custody of the pet to the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Inc. in the event the intake is approved.

Another Rehoming Option

We do our best to help as many pets as we are able to, however, space and resources are limited. The single hardest part of our job is to have to turn animals in need away, but we need to make sure that we are properly able to care for each animal that we take in.

We know that it can be incredibly frustrating that wait times are so long when you are simply trying to do what’s right by an animal you care about. Please don’t give up!

We have found that has partnered with the Petco Foundation and begun a “Rehome” program on their page to connect people who are in need of rehoming pets with people who are looking to give a pet a home. This is another option that might prove useful for families and pets in need when other options, such as rescues, aren’t able to help.

You can check it out by clicking here!


**Please note that this program has no affiliation with the Pet Pantry and we will not be involved in the adoption process.