Regional Economic Development

Innovation and Revitalization in Southwestern Pennsylvania

In addition to finding new homes for the dogs and cats in its care, the Washington Area Humane Society, in its new facility, will offer essential pet welfare and education services to the public.

Expanding to Better Serve Orphaned and Abused Animals:

Washington Area Humane Society

Expanding to Better Serve Orphaned and Abused Animals:

Washington Area Humane Society

For more than a century, the Washington Area Humane Society (WAHS) has provided shelter, safety, and food to orphaned and abused animals with the goal of placing them in loving homes. A staff member at the no-kill shelter investigates animal cruelty claims, and the facility accepts strays from animal control officers and the Pennsylvania dog warden. WAHS not only offers a low cost clinic, cat colony program, and food bank, but also works with agencies and schools to provide education, as well as community service and job training opportunities to area residents. WAHS also provides other services, such as bringing dogs to the county courthouse to visit with children waiting for dependency hearings and providing opportunities for at-risk and foster children to read to animals at the shelter. 

A $350,000 Foundation grant will help construct a 10,000-square-foot facility to replace the 4,000-square foot shelter, which is more than 50 years old and in poor condition. The new, larger facility, to include a wellness clinic, enhanced outdoor play areas, adoption meet and- greet rooms, and a secured kennel, offering humane officers 24/7 access for animal drop-offs, will increase overall capacity for the shelter to house, treat, and otherwise serve animals in need.