Venango County Humane Society

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The Venango County Humane Society is open at its new location, 286 South Main Street, Seneca, PA. The shelter's phone number is the same, (814) 677-4040.

Beginning on February 14, 2017, the adoption fee for cats is $40.00, and the fee for kittens, 6 months and under is $50.00. The adoption fee for dogs is $75.00 and for pups, 6 months and under, it's $100.00. All animals adopted from our shelter are already spayed or neutered, have distemper vaccine, a one year rabies vaccine, deworming, flea treatment, and micro-chip. The Humane Society can only accept cash or checks for adoption and deposit fees.

If you wish to surrender an animal, placement at the Humane Society is by appointment only. Be sure to call ahead and arrange a date and time. This will ensure that there is available space at the shelter for your pet. There are no fees for surrendering animals. The Humane Society is always happy to accept a donation if you wish to make one at the time you bring your animal in.

The Venango County Humane Society's website is The construction of the new building has been completed. If you wish to make a donation for the continued upkeep of the facility or to help toward the care of the animals, please make the check out to Venango County Humane Society. Checks can be mailed to:

Venango County Humane Society

P.O. Box 1045

286 S. Main,Seneca, PA 16346-0413

Because animals are largely silent victims who can't reach out to authorities themselves, law-enforcement officials must often rely upon witnesses such as friends and neighbors to bring cruelty, abuse, and neglect to their attention.

If you see animals being neglected or abused, contact the PASPC or Pennsylvania Society for Prevention of Cruelty to animals at this toll free number:


If in doubt about whether particular behavior constitutes abuse, it's better to err on the side of caution and report the suspected abuse to officials. They will investigate the claims, and decide whether a crime has occurred.
Clarion County Animals are not accepted at this time. Information on shelter phone numbers follows:

Crawford County (814) 724-5115

Butler County (724) 789-1150

Shenango Valley-Mercer County (724) 342-5834

Warren County (814) 726-1961

If you need to contact the state dog law offices, the numbers are as follows:

Regional Office (814) 332-6890

Venango County: Deputy Brett Hill (814) 432-9565

Crawford County: RonYochum (814) 967-2999

Clarion County & Forest County: Kane Kuzior (814)386-4670

Mercer County: George Gregg (724) 458-0237

Butler County: Ken Rudisill (724) 898-9704

Any calls from Clarion, Forest, Jefferson counties with lost dogs are to go to Erie's A.N.N.A. Shelter number: (814) 451-0230
PA.SPCA Cruelty/Neglect: (866) 601-7722

Call City/Local or State Police with cruelty/neglect complaints.


1. Watch the humidity. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly.

2. Limit exercise on hot days. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.

3. Always carry water with you on walks to keep your dog from dehydrating.

4. Don't rely on a fan. Pets respond differently to heat than humans do, and fans do not cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

5. Provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal for shade. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat-in fact, it makes it worse.

6. Remember, it it's too hot for you, it's probably too hot for your pet, so keep your animals inside if possible. In addition, don't leave pets in a hot car during the summer.

Animals are available for adoption during business hours, noon til 5:00, Monday through Saturday. All animals adopted from our shelter are already spayed or neutered, which the law requires. Once adopted, all animals must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian. Any animal over three months of age must be licensed before leaving the shelter.

The Venango County Humane Society 's Thrift Store, located in Franklin near the corner of Liberty and Eighth Street, is now open for business. The hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. The store is operated by volunteers, and all proceeds go to benefit the Humane Society. For information regarding times when items can be dropped off or to arrange to have items picked up, call (814) 437-1700. Donations of any kind are welcome: furniture, knick-knacks, clothing of all sizes. Please be sure clothing items are laundered and in relatively good condition.

Our store will amaze you.

There's something for everyone!

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Humane Society, mail it to the address below, or drop it into the cans on our table at the mall on Saturdays:

Venango County Humane Society

286 South Main Street

Seneca, PA 16346

No amount is too small.

The cat population increases drastically over the summer months. In order to help control the pet population, have your cat spayed or neutered.

Breeding season for cats is typically from January to September. A male cat or tom can become a father as early as six months. Neutering dramatically reduces or eliminates tomcat spraying, fighting, and roaming behavior. Neutered male cats stay closer to home, become much less aggressive, and become more affectionate pets.
A female cat or queen may become pregnant by four months of age. Spaying puts a permanent stop to her interest in romance, including continuous yowling, rubbing up against the furniture, rolling around on the floor, and her urges to roam.


Pop Tart has been adopted by a wonderful family. We'd now like to feature handsome Koda

Koda is a Pit Bull Terrier mix. He's a 5 year old neutered male. His short brown and black coat has white markings. Koda is affectionate, sensitive, and easy to groom. Koda also knows how to high five. Because of his strength, he'll do best when walked if his leash is attached to a harness rather than just a collar. Koda's previous owner tells us he is house trained, crate trained, and good with other dogs and cats. He's also good with older children. Koda will get you out of the house and well on your way to a healthier life style when you adopt him from the Humane Society, open noon till five, Monday through Saturday.

We make it easy for you to do the right thing! All animals adopted from our shelter are already spayed or neutered, which the law requires you to have done upon adoption.

Click Here to See the Other Pets at Our Shelter

News and Activities

Petfinder Updates

We try to update our pet listings every week with new arrivals, usually on Wednesdays. We remove listed animals who have been adopted during the week. Last update, May 9, 2017; Next update expected, May 17, 2017.
Click here to see our latest pet list.

DAD's Donation Drive

We are proud to be participating in DAD'S Have A Heart Program. Send us the UPC labels from any DAD'S dog or cat food product, and the company will make a cash donation to our shelter. You can bring these labels to us in person at the shelter, or send them to:

Venango County Humane Society
P.O. Box 1045
Oil City, PA 16323

Thank you DAD's!

Mall Visits

Almost every Saturday, the Venango County Humane Society takes some of its pets on a field trip to the Cranberry Mall in Seneca, PA. Come meet us there from noon to about 2:30 p.m., sign up to be a member or a volunteer, and find out more about our wonderful animals. We always need more volunteers for our mall visits, so please email us if you can help, at .

Puppies, Kittens & Small Breeds

Although we try to update our Petfinder listings with new animals at least once a week, not every animal we have available for adoption makes it onto the Petfinder list. In particular, young puppies, kittens, and small breed dogs often go out the door so quickly that there is not time to take their pictures and post them. If you are interested in one of these types of animals, please call us or drop by the shelter. If you are persistent, you are likely to find the animal you are looking for.


Our spay/neuter program is primarily funded by bingo at the Lee Bessler Memorial Hall at the top of Seneca Hill. The phone number there is 676-1471. Doors open at 5:00 PM, and the games begin at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Come and join us and help support the spay/neuter program.


Please visit our website at
There you will find more information about our organization and our activities, as well as tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy, and humane education activities for your children.

Who We Are

The mission of the Venango County Humane Society is to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote public animal care education and awareness. The Venango County Humane Society was incorporated as a private, non-profit organization in 1956. Our shelter was built in 1971 on Deep Hollow Road in Oil City, PA. On May 18, 2015, our new shelter on South Main Street, Seneca, PA was officially opened to the public. The hours are noon till five, Monday through Saturday.

Many people assume because of our name that we are a branch of the county government and are subsidized by county funds. However, this is not the case. We must rely on donations, memberships, memorials, and fundraising to operate.

Individual and family memberships in the Humane Society are available. Individual memberships are $5.00, and family memberships are $10.00. Your membership or contribution may be sent to:
Venango County Humane Society
P.O. Box, 1045
Oil City, PA 16323

Other Services

The Venango County Humane Society provides many services to the community, in addition to taking in lost pets and providing adoption services:

We also provide shelter tours and humane education programs. Tours and programs may be arranged by contacting our shelter manager, Heather Hacherl, at (814) 677-4040.

For additional information about our services, including our efforts to prevent animal cruelty, please contact us at (814) 677-4040, between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Adopting a friend

Although phone and email inquiries are welcome, all adoptions must be made in person between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at our shelter at 286 South Main Street, Seneca, PA.

The adoption fee for cats is $40.00, for kittens 6 months and under, it's $50. For dogs, it's $75. For puppies, 6 months and under, the fee is $100. All applicants must also sign an adoption contract . All animals are already spayed or neutered and come with shots. (This is a great deal, and a good reason to adopt an animal from our shelter, since a spay/neuter can run upwards of $100!)

We do the best we can describing our animals online, but there is no substitute for coming to meet them, and asking our staff about them -- they know the animals far better than anybody else does.

When you do come to see us, please ask us and we will let you visit with the animal of your choice outside its cage or kennel. We recommend that as the best way to get to know an animal before you decide to take it home.

Click Here to See Pictures of the Pets at Our Shelter

Come Visit Us!

Our shelter is located at 286 South Main Street, Seneca, PA, in Venango County. We are open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. If you need directions, please call us at (814) 677-4040, send us an email, or use the map link below (remember, we are in Venango County!)

Map to our shelter

Venango County Humane Society
P.O. Box 1045
286 South Main Street
Seneca, PA 16346
Phone: (814) 677-4040 (Mon-Sat., Noon-5 p.m.)


Click here to see descriptions and pictures of the pets at our shelter.

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