SPCA of Luzerne County 

The SPCA’s mission is the prevention of cruelty to animals by providing:

  • Shelter for unwanted, discarded, neglected, and often abused animals.

  • An adoption program to place these animals into caring, permanent homes.

  • Humane educations programs to enlighten the public about animal problems.

  • Humane law enforcement and prosecution programs to address animal cruelty.

What contributions does an SPCA make to the community?

We accept ALL stray and unwanted animals into our shelter. We turn no animal away. We do NOT charge a fee for this service, but we do ask for whatever donation a person can afford. We ask that you keep in mind that our SPCA is a local organization. We are not affiliated with any national animal welfare organization, and as such, we do not receive funding from any national society, organization, association, or rescue.

How is the Luzerne County SPCA funded?

The Luzerne County SPCA is funded entirely by the kindness and generosity of community businesses and individuals (i.e. in-kind gifts, donations, bequests and trust funds). We are not a government agency of any kind; aside from an occasional state/county grant, we are not tax-dollar supported. We are a private non-profit (5013c) organization which was founded 50 years ago by concerned citizens who saw the need to protect those that cannot protect themselves.

Services Provided By Other Agencies

While we work closely with all municipalities in Luzerne County, state law dictates that animal control is their responsibility. WE DO NOT PICK UP STRAY ANIMALS, that is likewise a municipal or state responsibility. Dead animal pick up along highways is provided by PennDOT or your local municipality.

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Griffin Pond Animal Shelter

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted, and abused animals. Our charitable organization is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 serving Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties. Griffin Pond is the only animal shelter in Lackawanna County.

Our Mission is to investigate, help prosecute and prevent cruelty to animals; promote adoption awareness, humane education and responsible pet ownership while we care for the many animals surrendered to our shelter to the best of our ability every day until we find them new loving homes.

Currently we have over 200 animals in our shelter, on a daily basis, which is a considerable cost when you consider how much staff, food, medicine and supplies the shelter requires to operate. We also provide for animals that are sick, elderly and injured that are in our custody due to various reasons such as owner surrenders and cruelty case investigations.

Our shelter is not affiliated with The HSUS, the ASPCA or any other organization and so we are completely funded by private donations. 

We know that we alone cannot change the world, but if our efforts at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter inspire you to better understand the needs of these animals, and influence you to assist us in helping them, then together we can positively transform the future of homeless and abused animals in our community. With our work and your continued support, these animals are given a second chance.

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About Clear the Shelters

Nearly 700 shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19 that helps find loving homes for animals in need. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016.

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