Lehigh County Humane Society
640 Dixon Street
Allentown, PA 18103
610-797-1205

A Lifesaving Animal Shelter
"Quick application, helpful staff."
I got my little Chihuahua min-pin there. From application to bringing her home it was less than 2 weeks. She was well treated in shelter, they took care to have my present dog visit her twice before clearing them to live together, and most importantly to me, they allow out of area adoptions. Would recommend. They do what they can on what little they have.


"They must be doing something right." 
I was a Canine MP, worked in Canine security, bred and showed pit bulls for twenty years and was so impressed with the staff at Lehigh County Humane Society that I've registered to be a dog walker every wed. & fri. And all the dogs there were very happy and well taken care of. The society has been up and running for 100 plus years, they must be doing something right. 
"Perfectly healthy." 
I adopted my pittbull bull terrier mix from there and I just have to say she is the best dog ever! Every time I was there it was clean and my dog is perfectly healthy.
Reviews for Lehigh County Humane Society
Teisha- Adopted 5/14/2013
Lavern and Shirley- Adopted 5/11/13
A Letter From Elsie
Elsie in her new home.
Elsie's visit from Bill White
To My Friends....From Elsie


Dear Concerned Friends:
Imagine my suprise when, just as I was getting ready for my Friday morning walk, I was greeted by a shelter volunteer and a man who was introduced as Mr. White. It seems that folks from around the country are being falsely told that I am being "held hostage" at the shelter and Mr. White, a newspaper columnist, decided to come to the Humane Society to pay me an unexpected visit and to take me for a walk.( I could tell from Mr. White's face that he was "on a misson" and was very serious in his investigation of my well being.)

All of the animals at the Dixon Street animal shelter enjoy visitors but I must admit that I had to stifle my laughter when I heard there was a wide spread rumor that I was being held captive, was depressed and miserable and that I was supposed to have tried to escape from my kennel!
Upon hearing this alarming rumor, I thought of my dear, sweet mother ( a lady I must admit I have not seen in quite a while), who gave me heartfelt words of warning before I packed my bags and ventured out into the world on my own. She told me not to eat chocolate or raisins, to befriend others of my species,and,most Importantly, to always tell the truth.

With mother's wise barks still ringing in my ears and with a decided impatience to get on with my Friday walk, I quickly informed Mr. White that I was, and have always been, well cared for and perfectly happy in my shelter home. I further told him that, although I've been told that my late father was greatly saddened when one of his children was sold to the next door neighbor, no one in my very large family has ever been depressed! Truthfully, I've been quite comfortable and contented here. ( Where else would I have my own Kuranda bed?) The food is tasty and, although I'd like to have my dinner served at three o'clock instead of four, I can't keep my tail from wagging when I hear Jaime coming with that food cart!

Seeing that Mr. White was eager to get back to his office and knowing that the tree stump upon which he'd been sitting was making him rather uncomfortable, I stopped my chatter and promised that I would give him more of my life's story if he decided to return for another visit. I assured him that I would keep in touch and would email him when I decided that a potentially new home for me fully met MY stringent requirements. (You can't be too careful nowadays.)
We shook paws (Incidentally, I'm a southpaw.) and Mr.White hurried on his way.

I'll eventually be leaving the Humane Society for a new home. I know that I'll miss my wonderful friends (four-legged and two-legged!) on Dixon Street. I may even decide to leave my Kong Toy with my buddy Fred in the next kennel!

Love and kisses, Elsie

P.S. Having noticed me basking in my new- found popularity, some of my shelter friends have asked for my autograph. Ahhhh...such is the price of fame!
An Update on Elsie
Elsie extends an apology for not sending a personal letter to all of these folks who were so unnecessarily concerned about her welfare. She reports that being "a cause celebre" was fun for a while but her celebrity status and the paparazzi quickly became quite annoying. She has written to her Humane Society friends that she has a very active social life and has been consumed with "training" her new family to bow to her every whim. She has reminded us all that carving out a position in the family hierarchy as VSP (Very Special Pet) takes time but her efforts to charm her new family have been marvelously successful!


A note from the Editor:

It is indeed sad that such uproar was created around Elsie. As both columnist Bill White and New York Lexus Project's Attorney Richard Rosenthal discovered, Elsie was never in any danger, was falsely reported as "lanquishing in her cage" and was always well cared for at the Humane Society's animal shelter. Both gentlemen reported these truths and yet some of the Humane Society's detractors were not satisfied with these reports.

Upon his visit to the Dixon Street shelter, Attorney Rosenthal found Elsie to be in perfect condition and the other animal residents happy and thriving! ( In fact, in a wonderful twist of circumstances, when Attorney Rosenthal made his unexpected visit to the shelter, he complimented Humane Society personnel on the condition and demeanor of our resident animals (they were happy and it showed!), the cleanliness of the facility, and the professionalism of our staff.

I am a student and volunteered at the Humane Society to get my Community Service hours. It was a wonderful experience! I really got to see what goes on at a humane society and learned about all of the work and money needed to keep the shelter running. When you help there, you feel that you are making a difference. I hope to return to the LCHS to continue my volunteer efforts. The love the staff puts into their work is obvious and genuine. When I am older and decide to adopt a pet, the Lehigh County Humane Society will definitely be my first choice.
"Their love for animals is genuine."
"Where animals are safe and receive excellent care."
As the Graduation Project Coordinator at Salisbury High School, I am always interested in places where the students can go to perform Community Service. Some students showed an interest in volunteering at the Humane Society but were hesitant because they had heard that animal shelters are such sad places. However, they discovered at the LCHS, the exact opposite is the case! After scrubbing food bowls, folding laundry, washing windows, walking dogs and more, we were all tired but very gratified that we had accomplished so much.

We were amazed at how much care and devotion the shelter's workers show the animals. We were present when Wally, an abused pit bull, was finally fit enough, after a year of medical care at the shelter, to be adopted by his new family.

I hope to continue to volunteer. The Humane Society is a special place where animals are safe and receive excellent care. I saw this myself!
Frank- Adopted 11/13/13