Dog Shelter

Thank you to our local Lowes located on Route 8 for a much appreciated refresh on our Dog Shelter.

The employees at the Gibsonia Lowes cleaned, painted, organized, decorated, and supplied the shelter with storage solutions.  Their crew provided 2 full days of work along with thousands of dollars in materials donated.  Thank you again for all your efforts, the dogs and volunteers love the new look.





The West Deer Township Dog Shelter is operated by the Township as a service to the community. It is the only municipally-operated dog shelter in the area, and is staffed by volunteers. The shelter relies on support from the community.

Only dogs are housed. No other animals – including cats – are accepted. Cats are, however, part of the spay and neutering program as seen below.

The West Deer Dog Shelter exists to helps the lost and stray dogs of West Deer Township. Any time a dog is found, attempts are made to reunite them with their owners. If an owner cannot be found, the dogs are given vaccinations, neutered or spayed, and given a health check by our vet. They are then placed in loving indoor homes.

The shelter holds a maximum of twelve dogs. Unlike larger shelters, our animals are not usually living in cages. They have the freedom to come inside the building, or outside into a large fenced-in area. This allows the dogs to remain socialized and not become cage-bound.

The Animal Control Officer of West Deer Township, Mr. William Payne, oversees the volunteers, speaks at local schools regarding the responsibility and care of animals, and handles all dog complaints. Volunteers are available to speak to any size group – including a group of neighbors in someone’s home – on how to teach children to react in possible scary situations involving dogs, the care of dogs, and other related topics.

If you are trying to find the Shelter, it is located on the orange belt near Deer Lakes High School directly behind the West Deer Township Municipal Building on 109 East Union Road.

For General Information
Please Call the Code Office
at 724.265.2780
For Adoption or Volunteer Information
Please Call Barb
at 724.265.2780

West Deer Township Dog Shelter Mission

TO RESCUE lost and stray dogs in West Deer Township.
TO SHELTER lost and stray dogs in need of shelter, protection, or medical care.
TO RETURN lost dogs back to their owners.
TO ADOPT unclaimed, abused, and homeless dogs to new families.
TO TEACH dogs, people, and the community to live in harmony with each other through education.

Spay and Neutering Program

The Township Dog Shelter is pleased to introduce the Margaret Albrecht Spay and Neutering Assistance Program. Through this program, the Shelter provides assistance to West Deer Township residents with spay and neutering costs for dog and cat owners who meet program requirements. Spay and neutering costs will also be covered for Feral cats under this program. Please contact William Payne for details at 724.265.2780.

Dogs Currently Available for Adoption can be found on Petfinder.com

Under the Shelters and Rescue tab click on Find an Animal Shelter or Rescue Group.  Type West Deer under group name then click on the magnifying glass under Pet List.

To visit the shelter, please call for an appointment at 724.265.2780

West Deer Township

109 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024

Township Office
Phone: 724.265.3680
Fax: 724.265.2228


Emergencies: 911
Police Office: 724.265.1100

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday

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