Humane Society Of Greene County - Waynesburg Pet Shelter

Humane Society Of Greene County

I have investigated several thousand cases of abuse and neglect since my work started as a Humane Police Officer in Greene County. I did not guess that one dog I met in the late 1990s would have such a profound and positive impact on my life and my work at the shelter. I did not know at the time that Gem would become a true gem. Gem arrived in the spring of 2000 as a thin, yet stately, white dog with joy in her eyes. She was rescued wandering around town with ten offspring in tow. Pups find homes quickly but large dogs like Gem stay with us longer. As the weeks rolled by, we noticed that Gem had talents unlike other dogs. Each evening we left the shelter with all dogs including Gem safely “tucked in” to their kennels for the night. But we would arrive the following morning to find Gem quietly roaming the facility, sometimes with other dogs loose from their kennels. One morning the lobby appeared to have been the scene of a “dog party.” We wondered if our cage latches were defective, but we discovered that Gem was a Houdini and could open most any door, window, or gate with her nose, mouth or paws. After greeting visitors and making sure all was safe, Gem had an endearing habit of walking back into my office, her “headquarters,” and gently pressing her nose to my leg as if to say, “I am back and things are as they should be.” At almost 14 years of age on Thanksgiving Day of 2011, Gem became ill. Then on a sad day in early December, Gem made her final check around the shelter, walked to her bed and quietly slipped away surrounded by those who loved her most. If I could gently place my hand to Gem today as she pressed her nose to me so many times, I would say, “Gem, the world is a happier place because of you and that is as it should be.”

  • Shelter Address
  • 183 Jefferson Road
    Waynesburg, PA 15370
  • Phone
  • (724) 627-9988
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  • Pet types
  • Dogs/Cats
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Adoption Process

All adoption applications and references are reviewed thoroughly. Adoption applications will be approved based on the placement best suited for the animal and the adopter. We reserve the right to disapprove any application. Here are the steps you will go through in the adoption process: 1. Our process includes asking questions, asking to see proof of identity and checking veterinary references, particularly when you have other animals at home. 2. You’ll have a counseling session with a knowledgeable member of our staff who will fill you in on the history and needs of that animal, and his feeding and exercise requirements. You can ask your counselor any questions about spaying or neutering, housetraining, obedience training, scratching (in cats), veterinary care, how to deal with fleas and ticks, and other animal situations. 3. You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. There is a schedule of fees, which begin at $40. The adoption fee covers the veterinary care, deworming, and vaccines your pet receives at the shelter. If you are adopting a dog, you must purchase a dog license. All animals adopted from our shelter are spayed/neutered.

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