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Beaver County Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of the beaver county humane society is to protect all domestic animals by providing shelter and care; adoption services investigation; correction or prosecution of crulety or abuse situations; education and promotion of the concepts of kindness and respect for all living creatures throughout beaver county.

Target demographics: the animals and the 167,500 people living in Beaver County and contigeous counties

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000 animals and so far in 2019, we are on target to provide services or care for even more. Adoptions have more than doubled from 963 in 2013 to 1,990 last year.

Geographic areas served: Located about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, PA, and is the only animal shelter in Beaver County.

Programs: shelter and care; finding homes for homeless animals; protecting animals from abuse, cruelty or neglect situations; a lost and found service; a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral and community cats; a low-cost spay-neuter service for owned kittens and cats; humane education programs; a pet food bank; and emergency/indigent pet care for the elderly or victims of domestic violence or homelessness.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beaver County Humane Society is comprised of hard working individuals who manage to be the primary source of support for the needy animals in this area.
This organization has no funding from the local authorities and manages to keep the shelter going with many fundraising activities and an army of volunteers.
Caring for the unwanted abused and sick animals is not for every one. Its a challenging situation for the strongest of will, however this wonderful organization has persevered to make many happy endings from dire circumstances.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stevie came into BCHS in February 2015 weighing less than 30 lbs. The staff worked incredibly hard over the next month to put weight on him and get him ready for adoption. When we came to the shelter, the staff were so helpful in introducing us to the dogs, telling us about their personalities, and helping us to find the perfect dog for us. The shelter was so clean, orderly, and the staff were so kind!

Stevie has been with us for almost 5 years now. He is a Canine Good Citizen and Certified Therapy Dog. He enjoys volunteering at local schools and libraries as well as taking long naps on the couch!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family adopted Rosie, a dilute calico kitten, from the Beaver County Humane Society a little over a year ago. She is wonderful. She is healthy and playful. Our family just loves her. We really love the Beaver County Humane Society. The facility is clean and well-run. Since this was our first experience with having a cat, the volunteers and animal counselors were extremely helpful in answering our questions and giving us guidance. I cannot say enough good things about this facility. We fervently recommend animal adoption from here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On a bit of a mission to find a companion for my current mutt I stopped in the Beaver County Humane Society with my mind set on one pup that I saw online but he was, not surprisingly, already spoken for so I wandered around and came across who is now my Shelby and a fantastic member of the family. Such a great group of people that work here too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beaver County Humane Society is a truly great organization. My husband and I had some wonderful and rewarding experiences fostering kittens from the shelter. The shelter provided us with great support during our foster time. I have only had interactions with the cats and kittens there, but the employees and volunteers are so dedicated and work so hard to do their best to ensure that the animals are well taken care of and as happy as possible. Attached are photos of our foster kittens. First photo is Ziggy and Ollie. Second photo is Cody. Third photo is Mango, Phoenix and Blondie. We loved them all!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is COMMITTED to helping animals in Beaver County AND BEYOND care for unwanted and neglected pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In October of 2018, we lost Jack to liver cancer, two weeks later our Shasta died of broken heart syndrome. We didn’t think about getting another dog. Two weeks after these heartbreaks, Cash & Carry became available. Their owner had passed away and were brought in approximately two weeks prior. We saw a video of them after they were out with volunteers. We knew we had to meet them. They were big and beautiful! When we met them we knew they had to come home with us. Everyone at Beaver County Humane Society was so helpful and great to deal with.
Beaver County Humane Society is the cleanest, friendliest shelters we have ever seen. One can tell when walking in that the volunteers and staff enjoy their work. It shows in the animals and the atmosphere. I am including a picture of us and Cash & Carry on our first day as a family! Here it is a almost a year later and we are a big happy family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We enjoy going to the Beaver County Humane Society to see the beautiful dogs and cats. Except for this last year, we had attended the annual Pet Walk with our Westie Beau. All of the volunteers always made us feel welcome.

1 Barbara M.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beaver County Humane Society is devoted to the community it serves through education and caring of dogs, cats and other animals. I have been a volunteer since May, 2019 when I retired from full time work. I was impressed with the organization from the start. My first contact was with the volunteer coordinator and she was approachable, responsive and answered all my questions. Orientation training was provided as well as additional training opportunities, such as, dog handling and open question session. There are excellent veterinarian services on site. The staff and other volunteers are welcoming and willing to answer any questions. Great effort goes into keeping everyone aware of adoptions that have taken place and events coming up. The dogs and cats are loved and cared for, their spaces are clean, dogs are able to go for walks several times a day as well as spending time in a gated yard. Cats are cuddled and shown love by staff and volunteers. While walking dogs anything I see that may be a concern the staff addresses immediately. For instance, I noticed a dog favoring one leg, a vet Tech took a look right away. Dogs and cats want and need a forever home but until a good match is made, they are cared for and loved by staff and volunteers. There are many needs from cleaning, walking dogs, event help and more. People of all levels of ability are welcomed and needed. Education for youngsters is accomplished through the BCHS Reading to Shelter Pets program and summer camps to name a couple. My niece age 9 has participated in both and had a wonderful experience. All the volunteers and staff share the common goal of helping these beautiful animals feel safe and loved until they find their forever home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered and fostered with a number of organizations over the past decade, and can confidently say that BCHS is the most organized, safest, and well-run place out of them all. All of the animals are so loved by everyone, protocols are followed so well by both staff and volunteers, and it's an overall lovely place to be a part of!

1 Patricia D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Beaver County Humane Society for 4 years. Walking dogs in the early morning is one of my favorite activities along with taking dogs to adoption events and serving on the education committee. Reaching the community through educational programs is so important. I absolutely love our evening "Read to Shelter Pets' nights where students can come and read to one of our animals. Also, picture is Molly who I adopted from the shelter 3 years ago. she brings so much happiness to our house!

2 Danielle Daquila M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Daisey two years ago from the Beaver County Humane Society. They also provided continued support after adoption on how to train and ease her transition into our family. The support we received made a huge impact on us and we continue to love and train our perfect girl!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering there for about two years... first as a cat cuddler and now cleaning cages in the ISO room. During this time I fostered kittens and adopted six kittens who are now getting close to a year and a half old.The staff are helpful and friendly and they always always could us more volunteers and contributions. The medical staff are very dedicated and work tirelessly. Volunteers are not afraid of doing dishes, cleaning cages, doing laundry and / or loading and hauling anything donated. Here are some of my seven total cats.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’m here to share my story on how this shelter saved my life. I worked at the shelter for a little over a year as a kennel attendant. As many people know this type of job isn't the best paying career out there. I loved my job more than anything, but my hard work just wasn’t paying the bills. So I decided to work else where that was willing to pay me more. So I left the shelter life behind to pursue other options. After I left the shelter I worked two high paying jobs. Not at the same time, I ended up quitting the first job because of how unhappy the work made me. Granted I made great money, but I was depressed and anxious all the time. So I quit that job and took on my second job making even better money. But with more money came more responsibility, more depression, more anger and more anxious... eventually I became suicidal.. again. My job was affecting my relationships, my own health, and more importantly my happiness. It was getting to the point that I didn’t want to live anymore. I had to get out of there before it was to late. I decided to look back and think of the last time I was truly, I mean truly happy. Which brought me back to the shelter. The staff welcomed me back with open loving arms. At last I was finally home, somewhere I felt at ease. I had my family again, I left whole. All my depression, anger, anxiety and all those terrible thoughts just washed away. Every time I help an animal find a home I get this warm, sweet feeling in my heart that can never be replaced. If it wasn’t for the beaver county humane society I honestly don’t think I’d be here, right now, writing this today. I thank god and my loved ones every day for letting me share my story.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, my family has adopted several animals (3 cats, 1 dog) from BCHS with great success. We were so impressed by their service that we've become monthly donors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was volunteering to walk dogs At the time & this is Topaz, he was adopted in 2006 from the Humane Society. He was in very bad shape when he was brought in, & as you see he turned into the cutest, sweetest & best little boy. He brought so much joy to our family & love into our hearts everyday. He crossed the rainbow bridge in April 2015 & is sadly missed every day! Even though he is gone, we always donate or take items to the Thrift store. Debbie is wonderful & appreciate what a great job she & every one there do for all the animals. They all work so hard & most do not realize all that is involved. Especially the time & money. Would recommend to anyone!!!

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Sounds like Topaz had a wonderful home and was beloved by your family. Thank you for your recommendation and kind words about our shelter and staff.

2 Pamela B.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 older cats and one dog from the humane society. It was always a wonderful experience. My cats were 14 and 15 when I got them. They were very affectionate and I felt the shelter really took the time to see if we were a good fit together. I love my animals with all my heart and the shelter staff was wonderful for the most part. I always recommend shelter animals when people say they are looking. They are usually the most incredible animals you can get.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for your recommendation. We appreciate everyone who helps spread the word to "Adopt Don't Shop!"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently moved to Beaver County and, while I have 3 large dogs of my own, I wanted to be able to help make the lives of other animals better so I began to volunteer at the BCHS. I am so impressed with the staff there and how well they take care of the animals. Some of the animals spend way too much time there waiting to be adopted, but the staff and volunteers work very hard giving them all the love they can while they are there and I know some of them have come from situations where being at the shelter is a better life than what they had before. Please consider giving of your time to volunteer, donate or attend many of the awesome events they hold throughout the year which helps to support the many programs they provide.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for volunteering at the shelter and encouraging others to consider volunteering, donating or attending our events. It all makes a difference!

2 Rhonda W.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beaver County Humane Society does an excellent job at caring for animals looking for their fur-ever home. They have a high caliber staff who display compassion for these animals in need. They receive no financial support from donations made to any regional or national animal welfare organization, and they are not directly funded through local, state or federal tax dollars. Fund-raising efforts have increased through the help of volunteers and staff; however, any private donation of supplies, food or cash made to this organization and/or volunteerism is always welcomed and appreciated! https://beavercountyhumanesociety.org/donate

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for your recommendation and kind words about our shelter and staff. It takes a village, and we are blessed to have so many caring and generous people in our community!

2 Lauren V.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beaver County Humane Society is an incredible organization. The people who work and volunteer there truly care about the animals. They have so many events and activities to help not only raise money for the shelter to care for the animals, but to find the animals homes. They try to get the fur babies out of the shelter whenever possible. I have never seen a more diverse group of people who are so passionate about the same thing. I volunteer here and everyone is so nice and willing to help each other. This place is great. If you are in the market for a pet, please consider adopting from the BCHS!

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Appreciate your great recommendation and your volunteer efforts. We couldn't do what we do without folks like you!

2 Dianne C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my furry boy, I decided I would volunteer to help pets looking for homes. Thoroughly enjoyed walking, helping where I could. All of the staff is so caring and thoughtful caring for their charges. And one morning there he was, I knew right away Jasper was meant for me. We adopted each other and are now happy snuggling on the couch.
I truly recommend Beaver County Humane Society as a caring non-profit deserving of every donation whether monetary, volunteer hours, or recognition.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for your recommendation!

2 Valerie Grandinetti M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our beloved dog Rocky suddenly passed away and my daughter was so distraught the next day I took her to the Beaver County Humane society upon arrival we were greeted with many helpful employees and volunteers who answered many questions for us. As soon as we walked into where the dogs where located my daughter instantly fell in love with one dog in particular. And the rest is history. Please adopt there are so many wonderful dogs that need homes and Beaver County Humane Society is the place to go. They are so caring and helpful.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

What an awesome recommendation and for helping us spread the word about the homeless animals in our care. #AdoptDont Shop!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Beaver County Humane Society for several years and I absolutely love spending time with the dogs and helping out. There is nothing better then seeing the dogs enjoy the love and attention you give them. Melts my heart ❤️

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Love the photos! You are such a dedicated volunteer! Thank you so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always went to the Beaver County Humane Society . I am so happy and proud of all that they do for our community and the animals that they care for. I am happy that I volunteer there and am on the Fundraiaing Committee . I also love it when I see a pet find there forever home.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

We couldn't do it without you! Thanks so much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

i adopted my dog from BCHS last year and from the start i was so impressed with them. you can tell instantly that the staff and volunteers care deeply about the animals in their care and work hard to find the right forever home. top notch organization!

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for the great recommendation!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Beaver County Humane Society for about a year. I have worked my entire life, and really never saw a group of dedicated people who work so hard on the behalf of the animals. You can tell the staff at Beaver County Humane Society truly do it for the love of the animals. I am so honored to be a volunteer to help this group.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

We are honored to have you as a volunteer! Thank you for helping us. We really appreciate it and honestly can only do what we do because of great volunteers, like you! Thanks again.

2 Holly K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 cats and 2 dogs throughout the years and I commend all the staff at BCHS for the work they do!!! I have had all good experiences and am so grateful to them for taking these animals and giving them a chance at a good life! I am looking to adopt another dog perhaps soon and I look forward to going back as this staff cares deeply about their animals...

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide this recommendation and sharing your photos.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I used to work with families in need and watched how the BCHS served the Community to help families who really needed to surrender their pets because of their situation. We donate several times a year either through their wish list or monetary donations. We also adopted our wonderful Cat Jinxie from the BCHS. Thank you for all the volunteers n staff and Doctors! These Animals need all of us!

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

You are so right ... the animals need ALL of us! We serve pets but we also serve the people who own pets. Thank you for your recommendation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Only positive things from Beaver County Humane Society. Use to volunteer here and did dog walking and outside adoptions at Petsmart. Karen who is on staff is a real asset to this organization

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thanks for your kind comments about our awesome staff. Appreciated your efforts as a volunteer and are grateful for your positive recommendation.

3 Kristen Nicolella S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got Abby our cat about 2 years ago. She is so beautiful and so sweet. We love her!!

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Beautiful photos of your sweet Abby. Thank you for sharing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few weeks ago a stray dog arrived in our Center Township neighborhood. It appeared homeless and was continually getting into the neighbors garbage looking for food. She, as we later learned, was seen on numerous occasions wandering aimlessly outside in the cold rain and on mornings when the frost had covered the ground. One of the neighbors subsequently contacted the Humane Society and reported this matter. Humane Officer Kelly responded almost immediately and set up a cage to trap this dog. On the very first night the dog entered the cage but managed to escape. Officer Kelly promptly returned and set out a more secure cage. Later that night the dog was captured and removed from the area. Being life long animal lovers we were concerned about the welfare of this dog. It wasn’t very long until we learned that this dog had been adopted. With winter around the corner we are happy that this story had a very happy ending!

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Humane investigations is a key component of our mission. Appreciate your recommendation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted two dogs from the Beaver County Humane Society. Both were wonderful pets! I donate regularly to this organization because I believe that they are worthy of my support and, unlike the national ASPCA, they aren’t handing out bloated paychecks and pensions to executives.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Yes, I'm glad that you understand that we are not funded by the national organizations, which is a common misperception. Shop local and donate local! Appreciate your kind recommendation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found the BCHS TNR program very beneficial. Karen Is so accommodating when setting up appointments, she goes above and beyond to help you and the kitties.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thank you for mentioning our TNR program. I'm glad that you are taking advantage of it and helping the felines in our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Haus 3 1/2 years ago. He is loving and so protective of our daughter Cecilia. He also is great with our 2 yr old grandson. They love to share treats.

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SESalyards 11/01/2019

Thanks for sharing your photos and this great recommendation! We appreciate it!