Pets for Adoption
Once you begin to browse, a search function along the left will allow you to narrow your search by cat/dog, breed, etc.
Are BYC pets healthy?
BYC only adopts out pets known to be healthy. Before an pet becomes eligible for adoption, we test it for feline leukemia (cats) and heartworm (dogs) and provide its first round of vaccinations, including the rabies shot if the pet is at least three months of age. We also de-worm and apply flea treatment to all incoming pets.
What if I adopt a kitten or puppy before it's old enough to be spayed or neutered?
If pets are adopted prior to the altering age of 5-6 months, BYC will provide a voucher for the pet to be spayed/neutered at an Erie-located vet when the pet becomes of age. If you prefer to work with a vet other than those who will accept BYC vouchers, we will reimburse you up to the amount we would have paid. Reimbursement varies by size and age of pet.
Does BYC adopt out special needs pets?
Yes. While special needs pets are our dearest in many cases, they may be a little older, require medication, have behavioral issues or require special food. These pets are still able to function quite well and provide many years of love. When appropriate, these pets have discounted adoption rates, and they're profile will be labeled with that information.
How do I meet a pet?
BYC volunteers work hard to match pets' personalities to characteristics of prospective adoptive homes. While several people may apply to adopt a pet, only one will be chosen - the one the foster home and pet's representative feels to be the best match.
If you're intersted in meeting and/or adopting a pet you've found through our search, click on "More info" and then "Apply to meet this pet." You'll be asked to fill out a form. Many of our pets are housed in volunteer foster care, and these forms helps us screen potential adopters before inviting them into personal homes. They also help us learn about you and help you find the right match. Some pets are housed at the adoption center, where you can stop by to see them during open hours. The adoption process can be expedited by filling out an online application form before visiting the center.