Butler County Humane Society : About Us

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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Volunteering is an important job! In becoming a volunteer, you become part of our mission, representing the BCHS to the general public. This is an important job, but what you will receive in return is so much more than you can imagine. When you see those wagging tails and shining bright eyes; when you see the smiles (yes they do smile) and hear the woofs and meows; you will know that you are so greatly appreciated for whatever you do to help these helpless creatures. Whether you work directly with the animals or work on other tasks, whatever you choose to do will have a tremendous impact on our shelter and the animals.

The 2nd Monday of every month at 6pm is the general Volunteer Orientation that all new volunteers must attend.

Please print, complete, then submit the volunteer application before attending the orientation.

Age Guidelines:
  • People under 18 years of age volunteering for activities relating to direct contact with the animals must be accompanied by someone over 18 years of age that has taken the volunteer orientation with you.
  • People under 16 years of age volunteering for activities NOT relating to direct animal contact must be accompanied by someone over 18 years of age.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Dog Companion:
    Work one-on-one with the dogs to walk, socialize, and learn basic training commands.

  • Cat companion:
    Volunteers take the shelter cats out of the cages to provide exercise, grooming, and socialization.

  • Adoption Outreach:
    Volunteers take animals to designated locations and promote the adoptions of these pets. They also distribute information about the shelter, collect donations, promote membership, and interact with the public.

  • Special events:
    Volunteers attend special events, either on site or at various locations to promote the shelter and assist in collecting donations, and handling shelter animals ready for adoption.

  • Foster families:
    Volunteers take animals into their homes, providing care, love, and nurturing for shelter animals for a specified period of time. Fostering is needed especially for under aged kittens and puppies, under socialized animals, and those recovering from medical treatment. To become a foster care family, you must submit an application and allow BCHS to conduct a home visit to ensure the animals' safety.
    Click here to download an application.

  • Baked goods:
    Volunteers bake cookies, brownies, and other refreshments, as well as dog treats for various fundraising events held throughout the year.

  • Sewing and craftmaking:
    Volunteers make items such as dog scarves, pillows, ect. to sell at the shelter and at various events.

Volunteer matching and matching gift program:

Does your company have a matching gift program? Would your company match your employee's donations or even donate cash as a match for your employee's volunteer hours? Many corporations have an employee matching gift or volunteer hour program. A matching gift is a great way to increase your support to the BCHS. Just ask your employer if they match donations to non-profit organizations. If so, they will give you a form for us to complete and send back with the proof of your donation.

Did you know that cash, membership, volunteer hours, or auction item purchases (above fair market value) can turned into an additional donation to the BCHS in just 2 easy steps? It's true if you work for a company that has a matching gift program. When the BCHS receives contributions from individuals, the company the individual works for might match that donation, in most cases dollar for dollar.

Several hundred companies participate in the Employer Matching Gift Program. You can also contact your local personnel office to see if your company participates in this program. If your company does not participate, you can ask your personnel office, your director, or company headquarters for more information on how to get a matching gift program started.

This program helps boost employee morale and helps build the corporate image. In addition, the company gets an opportunity to do something beneficial for animal welfare that can mean so much to the life of an abused, unwanted, neglected, or abandoned pet.

Other Opportunities:

There are many areas in which volunteers can assist us at the BCHS, but if you have other talents or skills you can contribute, visit or call the shelter.

Community Service:

Community service is available. If you need to perform community service and you are interested in doing it here at the shelter, please feel free to contact us at: humanebc@zoominternet.net or call 724-789-1150 for more information.

You can click here to download a printable application that can be turned into the shelter in person during regular business hours, or mailed in.

Spay and Neutering

Although the BCHS does not provide a service for spaying and neutering your pets at our facility, we do offer feline spaying and neutering through a clinic with Animal Friends. Below we have listed information for that program, as well as other low-cost programs in the area!

Animal Friends

Animal Friends now has a mobile unit, and in partnership with the BCHS, comes to the shelter once a month to do spay and neutering for stray or owned cats. Cost is $60 per cat and includes a rabies shot. The FVRCP (distemper) vaccine will be available for an additional $10.00. Also, a FELV/FIV combo test will also be available for $25.00. Microchips will be given if you choose to do so for a discounted rate of $25.00.

There are only 30 slots for each month so you will need to call the BCHS at 724-789-1150 to make an appointment.

You can either contact Animal Friends directly or see other options listed below for more help with spaying and neutering.

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Additional Resources:

Below we have listed a few other resources dedicated to helping the community by providing low-cost spay and neuter programs!

Operation Spay and Neuter

In order to qualify, you MUST show proof of financial need. Please attach a copy of proof of eligibility. This can be ANY of the following:

  • EBT card (food stamps): copy of card with photo ID and food store receipt dated within previous 3 weeks.
  • WIC card (with current date)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Letter from Social Security Administration specifically for Supplemental Security Income. This is not Social Security Income (SS) or Social Security Disability (SSD). Social Security and Social Security Disability are NOT based on financial need.
  • Section 8 Public Housing: letter from HUD (Housing and Urban Developement) Federal Housing Administration.
  • IRS Form 1040 (NOT W-2 or pay stub) showing income levels at or below:

    1 person household:$15,600

    2 person household: $21,000

    3 person household: $26,400

    4 person household: $31,800

    5 person household: $37,200

    6 person household: $42,600

    7 person household: $48,000

    8 person household: $53,400

  • Letter explaining special circumstances.

Without financial documentation your application can not be processed. To contact OSN, please call 724-287-7729.

Penn Hills Spay/Neuter Clinic


Frankie's Friends

Low cost mobile spay/neuter veterinary clinic. Ongoing clinics are being held in Southern Butler County.
Prices: $35 cat neuter, $50 cat spay. Call for pricing on dogs. Prices include a rabies shot and flea treatment.
For more information, please call 724-889-7011.


Need help training that unruly dog, or just need some assistance with helping your dog learn some new tricks? We have a couple of places we can recommend you to call that is highly skilled in helping your dog or puppy learn whatever it is they need to learn!

Butler Dog Training Association

Positive Training - Qualified Instructors : Puppy & Beginner Classes
For more information, contact 724-285-9910 or 724-287-3933 and visit butlerdogtraining.com


Puppy Classes: 10 wks to 5 mo of age
  • 8 week course length
  • Introduction to simple cues, such as sit, stay, and come
  • Basic manners
  • Socialization
  • Tips on puppy health, grooming, and nutrition.

Beginner Education: Puppies over 5 months and adult dogs with no previous training
  • 8 wk course length
  • Simple cues
  • Problem solving
  • House manners
  • Canine health, grooming, and nutrition

For more information, visit training.petsmart.com

Misty Pines Dog Park Company

Misty Pines Dog Park Company has been successfully training dogs and their owners since 1975. Their continuing lifetime training programs are designed to enrich the relationship between you and your dog.

Click Here to visit their site. Learn more about their training program as well as other programs and services.
Family Dog Obedience: familydogobedience@yahoo.com
Please call for more information.

My Top Dog Training

Now offering:
  • Group classes
  • Daycare training
  • In-kennel training
  • Private lessons
  • Behavior modification
Call now for details! 724-256-3272

Training held at: Whispering Winds Boarding Kennel
826 Whitestown Rd
Butler, PA 16001


We perform microchipping on cats and dogs.

All of the animals at the Butler County Humane Society are already microchipped at the time of adoption.

If you would like to have a pet microchipped the fee is $25.00, which provides free registration for 1 yr to 24Petwatch. After the first year, the yearly renewal fee is $9.95 or $39.95 for a lifetime registration. This also qualifies your dog to be able to get a lifetime dog license.

If you have any questions, please use the contact us page or call the shelter.