Is the Beaver County Humane Society "just another charity?"

Aliquippa, PA - January 24, 2018

Is the Beaver County Humane Society “just another charity” not worthy of County tax dollars?  As our shelter embarks on its 68th year, I ask you to imagine our community without BCHS.

Imagine the more than 4,000 animals cared for by our shelter instead being abandoned to live on the street or left unaltered to produce offspring year after year. The picture is not pretty, and the ripple effect would be huge. The impacts on public health and safety would be immeasurable. And the impact on the welfare of domestic animals would be devastating. The following represent just a few reasons BCHS is more than a charity:

  • BCHS employs the only professional Humane Officer in Beaver County.
    Animal cruelty and neglect are issues that are all too common. The reality of these activities touch all citizens, pet-owning and non-pet-owning alike. We provide investigative and law enforcement support to all of Beaver County, ensuring that animals are given the protection they are due under the law. Most cases involve lack of food, water, shelter or animal care. More complex cases result in on-site investigations, animal seizure, and prosecuting offenders. We provide equipment and personnel to assist with animal seizures, medical examinations of involved animals, and transportation and shelter for large numbers of animals taken into custody during investigations involving cruelty allegations. We also collaborate with other protective agencies to ensure that no one – animal or human – is at risk for violence.
  • Not all dogs and cats are “man’s best friend.”
    While most cats and dogs make great companions, some can be dangerous to people, other animals and property. Many Beaver County municipalities depend on BCHS to provide animal control services, which includes capturing strays, reuniting pets with their owners, resolving neighbor disputes over animals, assisting the elderly with animal concerns, advising and teaching residents of their responsibility as pet owners, advising non-pet owners of their rights, and removing nuisance animals.
  • BCHS improves the overall health and well-being of pets and people.
    We collaborate with the health department and are on the front line in the battle against diseases, like rabies, that can spread from animal populations to humans, so the community’s health is better, as well. By ensuring that all sheltered animals receive vaccinations and veterinary care and, once adopted, are referred to private veterinary clinics, BCHS helps ensure that the overall population of animals is healthier, and the spread of disease is slowed significantly.
  • BCHS builds a floodgate to stem the rising tide of unwanted cats and kittens.
    Through aggressive spay/neuter efforts aimed primarily toward felines, our shelter is addressing the root causes of overpopulation and homelessness rather than simply dealing with the aftermath. From a public health standpoint as well as a humane one, our shelter provides a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program which improves the cats’ lives, addresses community concerns, reduces complaints, and stops the breeding cycle. And cats brought into our shelter that cannot be returned to their habitat are cared for until they are socialized and put up for adoption, turned over to other cat rescues or become barn cats.

Pause for just a moment to think about what BCHS means to our community. I speak on behalf of everyone at BCHS, when I say that we are all truly thankful for the community’s devotion to the homeless animals in our care and grateful to Commissioners Amadio and Camp for granting a $10,000 appropriation in 2018. We appreciate those who have stepped forward to help. Yet it’s no time to relent, and we hope you’ll stand with us in 2018 and beyond.

Susan E. Salyards, Executive Director
Beaver County Humane Society

Since 1950 the Beaver County Humane Society has been committed to helping animals in the Beaver County Area. Sixty-eight years later, more than 4,000 animals receive comfort and care each year.