REGULATIONS are outlined under Lancaster Township Ordinance No. 02 of 1992–click here.

Stray/Lost DOGS – Residents should contact:

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)

ORCA is responsible for picking up stray dogs in Lancaster Township, and transporting them to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, subject to the following conditions:

  • 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.
  • Residents can call the Manheim Township Police non-emergency number (717) 664-1180 for a persistent, nuisance barking dog, or a vicious dog.

Humane League of Lancaster County
2195 Lin­coln High­way East
Lan­caster, PA 17602
Ph: (717) 393-6551

To trace a dog license, call the:
County Treasurer’s Office
(717) 299-8222
Central Control
(717) 299-4321