Lehigh County Humane Society
640 Dixon Street
Allentown, PA 18103
A Lifesaving Animal Shelter
SAVING LIVES FOR OVER 100 YEARS!
The Lehigh County Humane Society was founded in 1906 to provide a haven for homeless animals and for the prevention of cruelty to both animals and children. During the following year, 1907, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania officially incorporated The Humane Society as a nonprofit organization. A member of that founding board was Jessie Dent, the great-grandmother of our present-day Congressman, Charlie Dent.
For 106 years, the Lehigh County Humane Society has remained steadfast in its mission to keep its doors open to all homeless animals and, with the utmost compassion, provide shelter, food, and medical care, aggressively find loving homes, promote spay/neuter initiatives, combat cruelty, and educate the community to responsible pet ownership.
Question: How is the Lehigh County Humane Society Funded?
Answer: The Lehigh County Humane Society is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 animal shelter and is funded by the generosity of people who care about the welfare of the community's homeless animals. Funds are derived from donations, grants, fundraising events and bequests.
We are NOT a governmental agency and we are not governed by any governmental agency. In addition, we are not governed by nor receive any funding from any other local, state or national animal welfare agency.
Question: Does the Humane Society perform animal control services?
Answer: PA State Law states that animal control is the responsibility of the law enforcement agencies of government. However, if local municipalities desire to enter into a contract with the Humane Society to do animal control, the Humane Society may agree to perform these services on an individual contractual basis.
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
What has the Lehigh County Humane Society done to prevent the tragedy of pet over-population?
We are proud to say that the Lehigh County Humane Society was the pioneer in offering low-cost spay neuter services to Lehigh County residents.
In 1966, three spirited women, Mrs. Mary Amelio, Mrs. Maguerite Sandt and Mrs. Morris Senderowitz founded the Humane Society's Auxiliary. In 1969, these visionary women went on to establish the LCHS Spay/Neuter Fund. This was the first program of its kind in the Lehigh Valley.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of these determined ladies, thousands of births were prevented and the suffering of thousands of homeless pets was alleviated. Sadly, the last surviving member of this threesome, Mrs. Mary Amelio, died unexpectedly in February, 2012. Mary is sorely missed by all of us at the Humane Society. She left a legacy of compassion and dedication that serves as a clear testimony to the difference that one or a few of us can make in the lives of the animals we serve.
Photos with the Easter Bunny
Sunday, April 13th, 2014
One photo (4x6) for $4.00
Two (4x6) for $7.00
Bring your furry friends or your children to get photographed with the Easter Bunny!
Enjoy a meal with us and we'll give back
100% of the giveback amount is donated directly to the organization
Lehigh County Humane Society
April 8th, 2014
Many of you may remember the story of Nate. Nate, a stray pit bull, resided at the Humane Society for 18 months until he was adopted by a loving Coopersburg family.
We are sad to report that we have been notified by Nate’s family that Nate has succumbed to a variety of debilitating illnesses and insurmountable medical difficulties.
In tribute to Nate, we have chosen again to share his story.
Lessons Learned From Remarkable, Lovable Nate
From the moment he entered the Dixon Street animal shelter, the staff knew that finding a permanent home for this wobbly stray would present a huge challenge. The lovable pit bull mix dog was unable to walk for more than a few steps without toppling to one side or the other. However, he continually demonstrated an indomitable spirit when, after falling repeatedly, he would simply get up and, with tail wagging and eagerness in his step, continue his journey.
Dubbed Nathaniel (Nate) by the shelter staff, he quickly endeared himself to his shelter caretakers. After numerous trips to various veterinarians, it was agreed that Nate’s unsteady, awkward gait and persistent falling was the result of a neurological disorder that would require special care throughout his lifetime. When the Humane Society was assured that Nate was not in any pain or discomfort, it was decided to make this cheerful, wobbly dog available for adoption.
Many months went by and although Nate enthusiastically greeted every visitor, only a few people showed any interest in him. Nate’s one year anniversary as an animal shelter resident passed by on a somber note. Although literally hundreds of people walked by his cage, folks would simply pause and then quickly move on.
One year and a half went by and shelter workers began to despair of ever finding a forever home for Nate. Shelter volunteers and staff were quick to point out his endearing qualities to potential adopters but to no avail. Then he met Jamie, who soon became Nate’s favorite dog walker and volunteer. Eighteen months after his arrival at the shelter, Nate was officially adopted by Jamie and his Coopersburg family. Jamie summed it up beautifully when he said, “Nate is a great dog. He is always happy. We share an unconditional love.”
Nate will be remembered by the staff at the Lehigh County Humane Society’s Dixon Street animal shelter because of the life lessons he taught us through his unwavering spirit, his cheerful disposition and his refusal to let his difficulties get him down.
In loving memory,
The Lehigh County Humane Society Staff