We are a 24/7 organization caring for over 200 animals a day. We provide food, medical care, foster homes, adoption services, lost pet services, training and behavior assessments, community outreach, and education. Your Lehigh County Humane Society spends $27,000 per month on veterinary care alone. Each dog is given a plan and we work hard to train and socialize them. We invested in new, covered, outdoor runs. The dogs enjoy the breeze from the fans on hot days and the roof in bad weather. Multiple dogs socialize in these runs and on walks. Watching them play together is worth the visit. A new play yard will be built in the Fall of 2018.
Today most of our dogs are housebroken and with the help of volunteers and trainers, they learn basic leash etiquette and simple commands. Our back areas provide a quiet place for animals, particularly cats, to get accustomed to the noises and smells of the shelter. Once they are comfortable, they are moved to a public cage and once socialized our cats enjoy condo living in the main room and communal living in the playrooms. Grooming is graciously provided by volunteer groomers and staff.
Our adoption rate is over 100 animals per week and every animal is neutered before they leave. The average stay for our animals is 4 months and the longest stay has been for over 2 years.
We cannot do it without the dedicated efforts of our volunteers. Caring for animals in need is not a 9-5 job, it is 24/7. We are constantly holding fundraising events, planning for maintenance on our property, animal cruelty prevention, and so much more. Our volunteers have a huge hand in helping accomplish these goals! We have a full family of nearly 500 volunteers, of which 245 are active regulars!
We can set up triage within 30 minutes for animal abuse situation, hoarding and emergencies. During Hurricane Harvey, four groups of our volunteers set up “rescue and return” operations using their own horse trailers and RV’s. Fully equipped with heat and electric, they set up camp for two weeks taking in dogs whose owners were traceable. They helped 36 animals return to their families and also fostered some pets until the owners were back on their feet.