Dogs, Cats, and Contact Information

REGULATIONS pertaining to dogs are outlined under the Lancaster Township Ordinance No. 02 of 1992–click here for details.

ORCA is responsible for picking up stray dogs in Lancaster Township.

  • The stray dog must be confined or under someone’s control before ORCA will pick it up. The exception to this would be a vicious dog that is a threat to you or other animals.
  • An ORCA emergency will take precedence over a stray pickup.
  • Lancaster Township residents can call the Manheim Township Police non-emergency number (717) 664-1180 for a persistent, nuisance barking dog, or a vicious dog.

ORCA (Organization for Responsible Care of Animals, Inc.)
Physical address: 401 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
Mailing address: 610 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
Ph: (717) 397-8922 (Animal Alert Hotline; 24/7)
To trace a dog license, call the:
County Treasurer’s Office at (717) 299-8222 or Central Control at (717) 299-4321.

The following information is provided strictly as a resource, and is not meant as an endorsement:

Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialists 
930 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 295-7387
If your pet needs immediate medical attention for illness or injury and your regular veterinarian is not available–Accepts patients on a walk-in basis. No need to make an appointment; however, you are encouraged to call (717) 295-7387 to inform of your expected arrival time. Emergency hospital hours: Monday-Friday 6pm to 8am; Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays Open 24 hours.

Rabies Information
(800) 228-0791


Organization for Responsible Care of Animals
(717) 397-8922

PSPCA Center at Lancaster
(717) 917-6979

Humane League of Lancaster County
(717) 393-6551

Kitty Colony
Facebook page, click here.

The Pet Pantry
(717) 983-8878

Lancaster C.A.R.E.S.
Coalition for Animal Rescue, Education, Services
(717) 983-8878

Furever Home Adoption Center
(717) 560-6400


Animal Abuse: 

If this is an emergency (active crime/abuse in progress), Dial 911.

In Lancaster Township, if this is NOT an emergency, call the police non-emergency number (717) 664-1180.

To report suspected animal cruelty, contact your local municipal police department where the incident occurred, OR the PA State Police (717) 299-7650, OR the Lancaster County District Attorney’s tipline at: 

Tips can be made anonymously. Important: The tipline does not offer immediate assistance or response. Also, general complaints about a shelter or rescue group should not be sent to the tipline.

The Pennsylvania SPCA also has a tipline:

For tips involving large animals, contact Christine Stull at LAPS (Large Animal Protection Society), (610) 869-9880.