Shenango Valley Animal Shelter

Hermitage, Pennsylvania

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About Shenango Valley Animal Shelter

Shenango Valley Animal Shelter in Hermitage, Pennsylvania serves 7 municipalities within the Shenango Valley: Farrell, Hermitage, Sharon, Sharpsville, Shenango Township, West Middlesex, and Wheatland.

They're an unlimited-stay shelter, which means they don't euthanize any animal for space or time constraints. Adoptable animals remain in the shelter until either a suitable home is found or their health or temperament dramatically changes. Every animal is treated with dignity and respect, and the staff works tirelessly in each situation to achieve the best outcome possible.

Considering adoption from Shenango Valley Animal Shelter? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

2599 Broadway Rd
(724) 342-5834

Hours of Operation

Mon - Tue: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wed: Closed
Thu - Fri: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Shenango Valley Animal Shelter breaks its adoption process into 5 easy-to-follow steps.

1. Research, Reflect, and Communicate

  • What kind of animal are you looking for? Narrowing down the species, breed, size, personality, and more significantly improves your chances of finding the best match.
  • Now that you know what you want, view available animals on the shelter's website.
  • Chat with the shelter's amazing staff. Tell them which animals you're interested in, explain your family situation, and talk about what you're looking for in a pet. The team will help decide which animal is a good match.

2. Complete an Adoption Application

  • With one or more animals in mind, complete and submit an adoption application. The application allows the staff to record which animals people have expressed an interest in adopting and assists with match-making efforts.
  • A nonrefundable $5 fee is required when completing an application and will be deducted from the cost of adoption.
  • You can complete the adoption application here to save time when you visit the shelter.

3. Meet the Animals

  • If you're interested in adopting a cat, a staff member will take you to the cat room where you'll be able to meet all of the furballs. Take this time to play with them and see with whom you connect.
  • If you're interested in adopting a dog, a staff member will fetch them for you. You'll meet the dog one-on-one in a relaxed environment. When first meeting a dog allow it to approach and sniff you. When first petting a dog, do so underhand, below the dog's snout. Most dogs will need some time to relax after the initial excitement of meeting a new person, so remain calm and patient while the dog becomes comfortable with you.
  • Regardless of whether you're interested in a dog or a cat, ask the staff any questions you may have about each animal's temperament and history.

4. Meet and Greet (for Dogs)

  • Before you are allowed to adopt a dog, the staff must have reasonable certainty that the dog will be comfortable in its new environment. All children and dogs that live with you must come for a meet and greet.
  • This meet and greet may take time as familiarity is achieved on neutral ground. If the staff decides the meet and greet was unsuccessful, you may either try again at a later time or meet another dog.

5. Adopting the Animal

  • When both you and the staff have approved of the adoption, the animal can officially be adopted!
  • Provide a valid photo ID, complete the paperwork, get a dog license (if applicable), and pay the required fees.
  • Your new pet is now ready settle into their new forever home!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Shenango Valley Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Adults/Puppies: $160


  • Adults/Kittens: $100

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery and up-to-date vaccinations, and cats will be tested for FeLV/FIV.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Shenango Valley Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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