Greenville, PA's Non-Kill Animal Shelter.
Our History

In the early fifties, there was no Strayhaven Animal Shelter, only a group of caring people, who rescued strays, keeping them in their homes until the dogs and cats could find a loving home. In 1960, this dedicated group decided it was impractical and impossible to keep all the animals in their homes, and Strayhaven Animal Shelter was built and incorporated. 
A retired gentleman by the name of Perry Dehart, donated the land and his time to build the shelter. With help from concerned citizens and some government loans, the shelter was completed.  

One-time Board member Mary Jane Zahniser undertook payment to spay and neuter all dogs and cats. After her death in 1983, this responsibility fell back onto the shelter.  Eventually, participating veterinarians offered to the shelter, a discount for each dog and cat to be spayed or neutered.  

Today, every dog and cat receives Veterinary Exam, Heartworm Test, Feline Leukemia/FIV Test, Flea Treatment, Rabies Vaccine & Routine Shots and are Microchip and Spayed/Neutered before being adopted.  Much of our support comes from the community and local businesses.   

The average cost to operate the shelter is over $150,000 per year, which is why we rely so heavily on donations!  Along with monetary donations, we are always looking for volunteers to help with walking, socializing, and cleaning. 

Please check out our “Get Involved” page for more ways you can help.


Corrections Adoptive Rescue Endeavor

The C.A.R.E. Program works in conjunction with SCI–Mercer to instruct highly-screened inmates to train rescued dogs from Strayhaven in basic obedience and behavior skills. The program consists of 6 dogs and 12 inmate handlers. The dogs stay in the cell with the inmates and get 24-hour attention!

The inmates are responsible for feeding, grooming, bathing, and training.

The program lasts approximately 8 weeks and is ongoing – so once a group of dogs has completed the program, another group enters!

Our goal is 100% adoption of these dogs by the time of graduation.


 Jenna Blackburn  President, Jennifer Kahler Richardson Vice President, Anne Gahagen Hamm  Treasurer,  Katie Simunich Secretary,  

Julie Speir, Justin Moreland,  Amy Shafer,  Kim Bonadio, Tammy Overby, Rebecca Bruno, Jessica Jamison

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