Venango County Humane Society

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The adoption fee for cats and kittens is $30.00, and for dogs and pups it's $50.00. If the animal you are adopting is not sterilized, a deposit of $20 for cats and $30 for dogs is required. The deposit will be returned when the surgery is completed. 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.

The Venango County Humane Society needs your help in raising money for their new shelter. Our architect estimates that the cost of this project will be at least 1.5 milliion dollars. If you can make a contribution, please make the checks out to Venango County Humane Society Building Fund. They can be mailed to:

Venango County Humane Society Building Fund

Att: Carol Lee Gustafson

P.O. Box 413

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: fIra Custard (814) 795-5413

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.


Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen.

Don't leave dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature drops. Regardless of the season, short-haired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision.

A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat.

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach.

The best tip of all is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but kept inside the rest of the time.

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

P.O. Box 1045

Oil City, PA 16301

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.


Seven month old Luke has been adopted along with Tim, another great dog at the Humane Society.

Now meet another Luke, a Shepherd/Hound mix. He's an 8 to 9 month old neutered male. This handsome boy has big brown eyes and a tan coat. Luke is friendly and energetic. He'll need daily exercise and obedience training. Because of his strength, he'll respond better if walked with a halter and leash. He'll need a competent handler who's patient and firm. If you treat Luke with respect, he'll return the favor. He's waiting to be discovered at the Humane Society, 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, Nov. 26.  Next update expected Dec. 3.
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 2724 Deep Hollow Rd., Franklin, Pa. 16323. Thank you DAD's!

Mall Visits

Almost every Saturday, the Venango County Humane Society takes some of its dogs and cats on a field trip to the Cranberry Mall in Seneca, PA. Come meet us there from noon to about 3:30 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.

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 16301

Other Services

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

Nursing home/hospital visits. For the past thirteen years, we have been taking volunteers and their animals to visit people in area nursing homes and hospitals. If you are interested in participating in this program, you may contact Joan Loeffler at (814) 432-2560.

We also provide shelter tours and humane education programs. Tours and programs may be arranged by contacting our shelter manager, Kathy Rial, 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 on Deep Hollow Road in Oil City.

The adoption fee for cats is $30.00, and for dogs is $50.00. 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 on Deep Hollow Road, between Franklin and Oil City, in Venango County, PA. 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
Deep Hollow Road
Oil City, PA 16301
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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