Butler County Humane Society : Directions

Butler County
Humane Society

"Because We Care"

1015 Evans City Road
Renfrew, PA 16053

M, W, F
11:00am - 4:00pm
11:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm

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Adopting a Pet


Adoption Rates:

Adult Dogs (over 6 months)$100.00
Puppies (under 6 months)$175.00. $50 refundable with proof of puppy obedience training class within 6 months of adoption.
Adult Cats (over 4 months)$60.00
Kittens (under 4 months)$100.00
Dogs and Cats over 5 years of age$50.00
Dogs who have been at the shelter for 6 months or longer$60.00

Senior citizens (over 65 with proof of ID) as well as active military and veterans are eligible to receive a 10% discount on all adoptions.

How can I adopt a pet?

  • All adopters must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Individuals 18 years of age may have someone over 21 co-sign. Our animals do not leave the same day that they are initially seen.

  • If you find an animal you would like to adopt, our staff will have you fill out an application. We will then contact your vet and check the references you have provided for us.

  • We require two visits to be made to the shelter before an animal can be adopted. Your first official visit occurs when you visit with the animal outside of its kennel. Your second visit must happen within 48 hours of the first, but cannot be on the same day. Sometimes, depending on the situation, our kennel director may require additional visits before the adoption can occur.

  • If everything goes well on your second visit, the animal may leave with you that day!

  • All puppies under 6 months require mandatory obedience, for which there is a $50.00 deposit. Upon completion of a training course, you may present us with their graduation certificate and we will refund that deposit. You will have 90 days from the time of adoption to complete a training course at the location of your choice. Select older dogs may require it as well, at the discretion of our Kennel Director. This is NOT included in the original adoption price.

  • Adopters living in Butler County adopting a dog will be required to purchase a dog license. By law, all dogs three months old and over require a license. Licenses are $6.50 for a spayed/neutered dog, and $8.50 for an un-spayed/un-neutered dog. They may be purchased at the shelter at the time of the adoption.

  • Adopters who are interested in adopting a dog and already have a dog(s) at home must bring them into the shelter to meet the new dog before an adoption can take place. Your current dog must have an up to date rabies vaccination, and you will need to bring their rabies vaccination certificate to the dog introduction.

  • Adopters renting will need to bring a lease showing they are allowed to have a pet, and/or we will need to speak to the landlord to ensure that the animal will be permitted.

  • All individuals living in the household will need to meet the animal before it may be adopted, or we will need to speak to the adults in the household not present at the time of adoption to make sure they are aware there is a pet coming home and are in agreement.

  • Under no circumstances do we adopt animals out as gifts. Whoever the animal will be living with needs to meet the pet or we need to speak with them to make sure they are aware an animal is being brought into their home.

  • NO ANIMALS WILL BE ADOPTED AS OUTSIDE PETS! This is stated in the contract. We reserve the right to make one or more in home visits within six months of the adoption.

  • As per our policy, and to make sure adopters are in compliance with state law, no animal will be permitted to leave the shelter until they are spayed or neutered. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • We do not adopt to college students living in student housing, on-campus homes, or multi-student houses/apartments. Due to what can often be a constantly changing living environment, our policy is to limit our adoptions to those out of school. Final decisions on this are up to staff.

Why do we require an adoption fee?

The Butler County Humane Society is a small, non-profit organization that relies on the donations from generous community members to keep our doors open. We do not receive any type of federal funding. We are also a no-kill facility, which means that we do not euthanize to create space. Therefore, when we pledge to care for an animal at our shelter, it very well may be for their entire life. When we take in a healthy pet that costs a minimal amount to care for in terms of medical bills, the profit from that animal's adoption is applied to the costs of the many others who are not as fortunate.

When an animal arrives at the shelter, funds must be spent on neutering and spaying, vaccinations, and various other screenings and medical procedures. Veterinary expenses on a healthy animal can run as high as $175.00, and can be even more depending on the breed and animal. The truth is the majority of found/stray/rescues DO require additional veterinary care. Here at the BCHS we do whatever is necessary to help the animals in our care, and it can often take several months to return an animal to good health. It is not unusual for the cost of this care to run from $450.00-$1,000.00 per pet.

All of this does not include general finances for caring for the animals, such as feeding them and making sure they have clean beds to sleep on and plenty of toys to play with!

In short, our shelter relies on adoption fees, just as we rely on any other donation in order to provide the care we do for the animals at the shelter. Even our highest adoption fee, $175, is a very small amount when you compare it to the cost of caring for an animal for what can often be years.

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