Beaver County Humane Society Overwhelmed With Rescues

Pit bull receiving treatment.
Pit bull receiving treatment.

In the past month, Beaver County Humane Society has accepted large groups of rescued dogs from abandonment/hoarding and a fire, with many of the dogs needing critical care. They have also been assisting with the investigation of deceased dogs found on a hillside in their area earlier this year. They are a small shelter and the only one in the county, and are doing their best to fulfill their mission of helping every animal brought to them, but they are in need of donations and foster homes to care for all their animals, especially those with special needs.

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Center Township, PA, June 20, 2015– The Beaver County Humane Society (BCHS) has been very busy the past couple of weeks. Since Monday alone, 102 animals were brought into our shelter. Many have been in very poor physical condition, taxing our available resources.

Emaciated Pups

Emaciated pit bull puppy.
Emaciated pit bull puppy.

Yesterday Aliquippa Police Department brought 9 dogs to our shelter that had been left alone in a house. There were 2 adult dogs and seven 4-month-old puppies. The dogs appeared to be in grave need of vet care. The puppies are emaciated and you can see every bone in their body. We are working diligently to make these dogs comfortable and their conditions are being evaluated by our medical staff. One puppy was in such serious condition that we had to rush him to PVSEC. The medical bill for that pup alone will range anywhere from $1,300 to $2,500. These dogs may have just arrived but they have made a deep impression on our hearts.


Miniature pinscher.
Miniature pinscher.

On June 9, the BCHS Humane Investigation team along with the Chippewa Township Police Department rescued 14 dogs from a home in Beaver Falls. The dogs were Min-pin/Daschund mixes and living in horrendous conditions. The following day while responding to a neighbor’s call of hearing a dog barking in the home, our Humane Officer found one more dog that had been hiding and brought it to the shelter giving us a total of 15 dogs. Several of the dogs are being treated for skin conditions. Eight of the dogs have been adopted. It is with heavy hearts we learned the puppy Tucker passed away due to internal complications. Our medical staff is working hard to make sure all the remaining dogs get the best possible care so they can find their forever homes.

Fire Dogs

BCHS is currently housing the 6 dogs from the June 2 Case Street fire in Rochester. Their disabled owners Sherri Craig and Gary Grimes are still trying to find housing so they can all be together again. These dogs have been with us since the fire and are missing their owners. We are keeping them safe and taking care of their daily needs. Our staff is trying their best to make them feel at home but there is nothing like being back with Mom and Dad. The dogs are visited pretty much on a daily basis by their owners, but it is tough for all parties to say goodbye at the end of the visit and there really is no place like home.

The BCHS has been hit hard in the past couple of weeks as we continue to strive to meet our mission. Due to the volume of animals bought in, this has been taxing on our financial resources. We are glad to provide these vital services as our way of serving the community. Monetary donations to our TLC Fund are urgently needed to cover the costs for these extra animals; however, donations of food (Purina One or any meat-based food) are always welcome. We are averaging $150/dog in vet care and that does not include those who need bloodwork, X-rays, dentals, biopsies, etc. It also does not include our daily costs, which currently run about $20/day.

Miniature pinscher receiving treatment.
Miniature pinscher receiving treatment.

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Other ways to help include becoming a volunteer or a temporary foster home; anyone interested should call 724-775-5801 x114.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Susan Salyards at 724-775-5801 x 106 or email at

Since 1950 the Beaver County Humane Society has been committed to helping animals in the Beaver County Area. Sixty-five years later, more than 4,000 animals receive comfort and care each year.

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4 thoughts on “Beaver County Humane Society Overwhelmed With Rescues

    • June 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      I just hope they get some foster homes. They are very small and without a whole lot of means.

  • June 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Bernadette, thank you for sharing this. I am fostering the pit bull puppy shown above. Her name is Lily and she is making tremendous progress. The shelter desperately needs donations and fosters for both dogs/puppies and cat/kittens.

    • June 23, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Michele, I saw you had shared a photo of your foster puppy from this situation yesterday but didn’t realize it was Lily! Thanks so much for fostering one of these dogs.


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