Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve Rescue Saves 60 Pets' Lives!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Many of us have cried happy tears at the endings of Disney movies. Today, those fairy-tale stories came. true for 60 animals that were part of Animal Friends’ New Year’s Eve rescue. Each year, animals slated for euthanasia in animal control facilities and overburdened shelters are brought to Animal Friends to experience happy new beginnings.

Part of the Rescue’s tradition is the selection of a theme for the animals’ new names; fittingly, this year’s rescues were named after Disney characters. The first group was welcomed shortly after 9:30 a.m., with a happy Chocolate Lab leading the way; he was of course named Mickey, followed by a sweet but unkempt poodle who became Donald. The first young lady to arrive, a tan and white Pit Bull mix, was instantly dubbed Minnie.

In an atmosphere of well-controlled chaos, 20 cats and 40 dogs were greeted by staff and volunteers and taken to waiting cages, crates and kennels, where the medical staff began a thorough evaluation of each animal. The next few days will be busy, with behavioral evaluations, spay and neuter surgeries, and any needed medical attention administered before the newcomers reach the adoption floor.

Tonight, 60 animals that would have been euthanized will be sleeping in a warm bed, well-fed and already given a healthy dose of love. We’ll be posting more about our new residents and the first group will be ready for adoption on January 2. By adopting or donating, you can help us continue to provide fairy tale endings in a place where wishes can come true.

Click here to see photos of today’s rescue.

Most importantly, CLICK HERE to donate! And support second chances in 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Missy's adoption is priceless!

My name is Missy. I came to Animal Friends because my former owner had a total of 10 kittens in her home, and that was about 8 too many for her. I know she loved all of us, and it was hard to surrender some, but now I have a great chance to live in a home where I won’t have to compete so much for food and attention!

I am 3 years old and all white! I got along well with all my siblings, so if you already have another cat, or want to bring someone else home with me, that will be OK. Like a lot of other cats, I enjoy being in a high place and being able to look out a window. You have to admit, in the grand scheme of needs, mine are pretty simple to meet.

People are fine with me too, and I enjoy attention from them. I’ll sit on your lap, I’ll chirp to you, and I’ll even extend a paw to you when I’m really happy. So, a room with a perch and a view, a lap and some pats, and I’ll take care of the rest. See you soon, I hope!

Missy is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! Through December 31, Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all pets age 2 and up.

If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

To give a donation in honor of MIssy, visit:

Friday, December 23, 2011

Poetry by Young Animal Lovers

Young poets at Pine-Richland Middle School and Quaker Valley Middle School were inspired by Animal Friends' work. Read their poetry about Animal Friends below.

Thanks from an Alumni
By Julia Herrle, age 12

Worn, wounded, whimpering,
Left like an old toy you throw away.
Wishing I had a home,
But there was no where on Earth for me to stay.
Animal Friends changed all that;
They were the lifeboat in the stormy sea.
There is always room at the shelter,
Until a good home could be found for me.
Soon, I saw my new best friend in this very room
Animal Friends, rabbits, cats and dogs say thank you!

Our Special, Furry Animals
By Jessica Libby, age 13

Our fantastic, furry friends,
Cute, loving, and nice,
Have been through hard and rough times.
The animals are your best pals,
And most of them are left with no home.
Animal Friends,
Is like a big ray of sunshine,
And a pot of gold.
Animal Friends is everything you want,
When you are feeling sad,
Or when you are alone.
Our fantastic, furry buddies
They are waiting for you!

Bunnies, Cats, Dogs, and Animal Friends
By Melissa Rudolph, age 12

Bunnies hopping around all day long,
With no carrots to nibble on.
Cats stuck in a corner,
With no yarn to play with.
Dogs walking stray on the streets,
Their tails are not wagging.
But there is hope in their future,
Because there is Animal Friends.
They are like sunshine on a cloudy day.
They rescue and save animals every day.
They nurse them back to health,
Then, love and care for them and feed and play with them.
The animals pray every night,
Until that day comes when they are adopted.
Amazing Animal Friends is there for animals with open arms.

Animal Friends!
By Sami Holland, age 13

What is Animal Friends?
Animal Friends is heaven for an animal.
Animals are left crying and alone,
without any hope of a happy life.
But then comes Animal Friends,
a place of hope and promise for them.
“It’s heaven!!!” they yell out loud!
An area to find their next home,
a home of everlasting love!

Animal Sanctuary
By Makenna Laffey, age 12

Lost or without a home,
Abused with no one to love them,
Clinging to life with their last shreds of strength.
These are emaciated, abused animals that would be out there on the streets.
But they aren’t,
They’re safe and warm at Animal Friends.
When you walk through the doors,
You are greeted with a sight as heartwarming as a new baby’s smile.
Every animal that was ever in trouble looks out at you.
If you would have seen them before they came,
You would never recognize them.
They are happy and content,
But can’t wait to have a family of their own.
All of the bunnies, cats, and dogs,
That just came, must have rejoiced at the sight of the doors opening,
Because they knew that they were finally safe and had found a new home.

Sweet Loving Animals
By Abby Morneault, age 12

At Animal Friends there are many things to see.
There are sweet dogs ready to play,
Little cats, who are cute and fluffy,
Also, little bunnies that hop around.
All of these animals are looking for a home.
They are looking for someone to love them.
If you adopt one, they will love you forever
You will have a good friend.
All these animals want is love.
So come and adopt one.
Animal Friends is the coolest place on Earth!

By Calista Gregoire

I am an animal lover
I wonder when all of the animals will have homes
I hear sounds of laughter
I see people smiling, people crying
I want animals to have loving, happy homes
I am an animal lover

I imagine dogs/cats having to go through torture
I feel people can be cruel
I touch the soft fur on an animal’s body
I worry about the animals
I cry when I see animals die
I understand animals are hard to take care of
I am an animal lover

I say animals have rights
I dream of being a vet
I try to help animals in need
I hope animals understand us
I am an animal lover

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Yin Yang needs a home!

Hi! My name is Yin Yang. Frankly, I have no idea why I have that name. But here's what I DO know:

I'm about 1 1/2 yrs old.

I am an all-around nice girl.

I like to be held.

I really like people.

I like other cats.

I LOVE to play.

I lived as a stray for a while until I found myself living in a shelter. The people here are very nice to me. I'm warm and safe and they feed me well. But I'd sure prefer a home...maybe with a kid or another cat to play with. That's my Christmas wish.

Yin Yang is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! Through December 31, Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all pets age 2 and up. If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department

412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sophie, a Dalmatian mix, needs a home!

While Sophie may not have been riding on any fire trucks recently, she could catch a ride home in your car! Sophie the Dalmatian is a friendly, happy dog who is affectionate and very people oriented.

Sophie has put on a few pounds and we have been working very diligently to get her in shape again. We’d like to see her go to a home with an active family that will keep up her exercise program and help her lose the few extra pounds. The good part of this is that Sophie loves her walks and has very good leash manners. She does well meeting other dogs too!

She is okay with being handled and loves being the center of attention. Sophie isn’t quite sure how to play with toys yet, so if her new family could show her that would be wonderful! If you are on the lookout for a great walking partner, Sophie would be a great fit for you!

Sophie is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! Through December 31, Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all pets age 2 and up.

If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department

412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Hours:Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

Monday, December 12, 2011

This is the perfect week to adopt!

Bebe, pictured above, needs a home!

Guest Blogger: Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

This is the perfect time to adopt – we’re coming up on the last weekend before Christmas! Animal Friends will be closed on the 24th and 25th, so come out and find a new best friend for the holidays.

Not only will you be adding something wonderful to your life, but by adopting from Animal Friends, you’ll play an important role in saving two animals this holiday season – the one you take home, and the one who will move into the empty cage, safe and sound while waiting for a forever home. By adopting this week, you’ll give your new pet time to settle in before the holiday hubbub, and will have plenty of time to help Santa fill your new family member’s stocking with treats.

And, through December 31, adoption at Animal Friends is Priceless! We’re waiving our usual adoption donation on all animals age 2+, and cats younger than two are Twice as Nice – adopt two for a single adoption donation.

Just remember that your whole family needs to come in to find just the right pet – we want to make sure everyone is ready and willing to give a new pet the love and care needed to make a happy home. There’s nothing like a tail wag to make the season bright, along with the warmth of knowing a lifetime of love from a homeless pet who deserves a second chance.

So, please, share with your friends, and help us have a hopping holiday season of adoptions and love!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Animal Friends Exceeds Goal: 24,000 Spays in 3 Years, Totaling Nearly 100K Spays!

It was always in the backs of our minds.

We knew that while we were saving thousands of pets every year, the pet overpopulation crisis still raged on. Tens of thousands of pets would still be euthanized…simply because they had nowhere to go.

This is the sad reality that, perhaps, too many have come to accept. We, too, could maintain the status quo, always hoping to reverse the tide of unwanted animals…one pet at a time…through adoption alone.

Or, we could do much more. And if you know Animal Friends, you know that we are always thinking big.

Three years ago, Animal Friends made a promise. We pledged to dramatically expand our low-cost spay and neuter program.

We stated a goal: to spay and neuter 24,000 pets in just 3 years.

From 4,000 spays in 2008 to at least double that in 2009…how could it be done?

First, we ramped up a three-part program.

  • We underwrote surgeries at vets’ offices throughout the community, ensuring that low-income pet owners could visit a trusted local vet to have their pet altered.

  • We expanded our in-house clinics, bringing even more pets in our region to Animal Friends for high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.

  • Then, we unveiled our secret weapon: a mobile spay/neuter clinic. Animal Friends’ Mobile Resource Center, a full-service operating room on wheels, empowered us to bring our services to the pets who would never otherwise be altered.

We spayed and neutered pets of low-income owners, pets at shelters with no spay/neuter programs, feral cats and pets in rural areas with no access to affordable surgeries. We offered special pricing for Pit Bulls, a kind of dog that is sadly overbred and suffers the worst fate in shelters.

We knew we couldn’t meet our goal alone. So we strengthened ties with partner organizations and even the City of Pittsburgh. We worked within communities to hold mass surgery days, sometimes altering more than 30 animals at a time.

By October, 2011, we had not only fulfilled our promise. We exceeded our goal! Animal Friends altered more than 24,000 pets in just three years!

That brings us to an even more astounding total. Since its inception in 1993, Animal Friends’ Low-Cost Spay/ Neuter Program has spayed or neutered nearly 100,000 pets!

While we’re proud of our achievement, we know there’s still much more work to be done. We still dream of a day when pets are no longer needlessly euthanized in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

So we will continue to bring affordable, high-quality surgeries to the pets in our region. And we’re prepared to step up our efforts even more. We’re gearing up to expand our programming yet again!

Please help Animal Friends celebrate this achievement. Sponsor a spay today! Click here to make your donation now! And together, we can drive pet overpopulation out of Southwestern Pennsylvania…for good.

Alley Up for Animal Friends Bowling Event on January 29

Do they make bowling shoes for dogs? Can cats keep score? And will abunny ever pick up a 7-10 split?

Find out on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the 8th annual Alley Upfor Animal Friends!

Join host Cris Winter from WISH 99.7 and our four-leggedfriends at Legacy Lanes in the South Hills for an afternoon of bowling. All proceeds benefit the homeless pets at Animal Friends, and they'll be at the lanes to say "thank you" and maybe find new homes.

This event is so popular, Animal Friends is offering two sessions to accommodate everyone:

  • Alley Up on Sunday, January 29 from 12pm - 2pm

  • Alley Up on Sunday, January 29 from 3pm - 5pm

Your ticket includes three games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, softdrinks, and a free t-shirt. Try your luck at raffles and auctions foradditional prizes.

Tickets are $25 per person or $125 for a lane of up to 6 people.Don't strike out - register today!

Legacy Lanes is located at 5024 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 inthe South Hills. Call 412.847.7055 or for additional details.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Animal Friends Will Hold 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Rescue to Save the Lives of Lost Pets

Over the past 14 years, Animal Friends’ annual New Years Eve Rescue has been a Pittsburgh tradition—and a last-chance lifeline for lost pets. This year, on Friday, December 30, Animal Friends will once again rescue lost pets who are slated to be euthanized by the years’ end.

On New Years Eve, Friends’ staff and volunteers will travel to local Animal Control facilities to bring back the unclaimed pets who would not otherwise live to see 2012. Then, each rescued pet will be welcomed with open arms at Animal Friends’ resource center, where they will be vaccinated, bathed, groomed, given a comprehensive medical and behavioral evaluation, and scheduled for a spay or neuter surgery.

Pending any necessary rehabilitation, the rescued pets will be available for adoption beginning Monday, January 2.

In the mean time, families are urged to come to Animal Friends to adopt this month, and empty our kennels in preparation for the rescue. Every empty cage represents another life that can be saved.

Rescues like this one are a shining example of why adopting from Animal Friends–all year round—is so critical. For every animal who finds a home through Animal Friends, there are others who desperately await a space and a second chance in our kennels. The rescue also casts a light on the staggering number of pets that are euthanized at animal control facilities every year, simply because they don’t have a license or a tag to lead them back to their families.

Most (un)Wanted: Poor Eponine Deserves a Chance

Guest Blogger: Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Commuications Team

Tis the season for holiday miracles. And poor Eponine is dreaming that her own special miracle awaits!

This adorable, friendly cat came to us after being found as a stray with one surviving kitten. At only age two, she was discovered to be in the early stages of kidney failure, currently a stable condition which requires a special diet and fluids administered under her skin three times a week. Eponine cooperates with this, and Animal Friends will help, too, by providing the food at cost and training her new family on the fluid regimen, which is easy to learn.

Eponine doesn’t know she has a health problem, and certainly doesn’t show it. She’s a young, lively cat who loves attention and thrives on head scratches. She’s an avid bird-watcher and dust bunny chaser. She would love to be the only pet and soak up all the love!

This young lady is a staff and volunteer favorite, and she’s well-loved and cared for at Animal Friends. But there’s nothing like a home for the holidays, and Eponine certainly doesn’t deserve to live out her life in a shelter.

If you think you can give this lovely cat a loving home despite her special needs – or perhaps because of them – please contact Animal Friends or stop by to visit. And share this with all your friends. Working together, let’s put in a special appeal to Santa to find Eponine a home!

In an effort to educate the community about the importance of adopting a shelter pet, and find qualified, permanent and loving homes for as many homeless animals as possible, Animal Friends is waiving our requested adoption donation for all pets aged 2 and up through December 31!

Monday, December 5, 2011

When a Family of Five (2 humans, 2 dogs and 1 cat!) Wants to Adopt...

Guest Blogger: Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Finding just the right pet can be a daunting task when several species are involved. But as gorgeous long-haired kitty Charlene discovered, at Animal Friends it can work out just fine.

A couple with a cat and two dogs arrived at Animal Friends on Saturday looking for another feline, having recently lost a cat with multiple medical problems. Finding a kitty who could successfully live with cats, dogs, and met with the approval of their humans was the challenge at hand.

Starting with a list of cats that had previously passed dog tests, they looked at several, but didn’t find the right match. With closing time approaching, they were captivated by Charlene. An alert, curious cat dumped at a veterinarian’s office and shaved on her sides from matting, she was quickly gaining a reputation as a lap cat. They were charmed by their visit with her, but two big questions remained: how was she with dogs and other cats? With no history available and a short time at Animal Friends, nobody knew.

We agreed to conduct dog and cat tests with Charlene, and contact the couple with the outcome. Charlene met a cat-friendly canine resident, and after a quick hiss, was accepting and casual about the encounter. She was next introduced to an easygoing cat, and graciously accepted a quick sniffing. Within a few minutes, she was visiting cages, even climbing into an open door to stop in on its rather surprised resident.

While still on the road home, the couple received the call they had been hoping for – Charlene was indeed cat and dog-friendly, and ready to become a member of their furry family! As promised, they returned the next morning to take her home.

At Animal Friends, we’re suckers for happy endings, and willing to do what it takes to make them happen. Won’t you let us help you find just the right companion?

In an effort to educate the community about the importance of adopting a shelter pet, and find qualified, permanent and loving homes for as many homeless animals as possible, Animal Friends is waiving our requested adoption donation for all pets aged 2 and up between November 25 and December 31!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"We’re in this for the long haul." Adopters grant a second chance to rescued cats!

Wyvern and Windchime

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Last Saturday, a young couple came to Animal Friends to adopt a new companion for their eight year-old cat, who was lonely after her buddy passed away. They had heard about our recent rescue of dozens of cats from a house in Carrick, and were especially interested in adopting from that group of cats who desperately need a second chance.

Fortunately, most of the cats from that rescue are cat-friendly, and they visited with several who warmed up to them almost instantly. But somehow, they didn’t feel they had found the right one.

Several cats later, and shortly before closing time, the young woman (with some help from a shelter volunteer) had talked her husband into considering two cats. They asked to visit with a pair of petite and gorgeous felines, Windchime and Wyvern, who had bonded while sharing a cage.

The couple was not deterred by a warning that the cats were quite shy and fearful. One of the cats was loaded in a carrier and taken to the get-acquainted room, but not before attempting a few scratches on the way. Even after calling in reinforcements, the second could not be caught and placed in a carrier, creating more scratches and soiling herself from fear.

The couple had fallen in love with the first cat, shy but willing to be held and petted, and they weren’t ready to give up. A brief visit to the cat condo where Windchime and Wyvern were housed convinced them that the two might be a project worth undertaking.

“We’re in this for the long haul, not just for a couple of weeks,” said the young man when told that it might take awhile for the two to settle into their home.

They pledged to come back in the morning, and true to their word, returned to adopt both cats, knowing full well they might have a challenging road in the beginning. Thanks to their patience and kind hearts, two cats who had a very rough start are now in their forever homes!

Eleven cats from this rescue are still waiting for a place of their own, all with “W” names: Wafer, Waggle, Wallflower, Wasabi, Weaver, Wei, Whirlybird, Whittle, Winsome, Wisteria and Wonka, ranging from nine months to eight years in age. We hope that’s not too much to ask – what do you think?

Pets are Priceless! In an effort to educate the community about the importance of adopting a shelter pet, and find qualified, permanent and loving homes for as many homeless animals as possible, Animal Friends is waiving our requested adoption donation for all pets aged 2 and up between November 25 and December 31!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We like big mutts and we can not lie!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Recently seen on a t-shirt at Animal Friends: I like big mutts!

But for those of you who would prefer your mutts to be a bit smaller, we may have a surprise! Animal Friends has small dogs, too.

At 19 pounds, Maslow is delightfully furry, an appealing mix of miniature Schnauzer and poodle.

Visitors can also meet Martin (pictured above), an 18-pound Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix, who’s ready to find his forever home!

Sasha, weighing in at 17 pounds, is a mixture of cream cocker spaniel and Japanese Chin.

Buddy Boy, a 14-pound Chihuahua, came to us when his owner became ill, and would be a great companion for another dog.

The smallest and possibly neediest of these lightweights is 13-pound Primo, a black and tan Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix, in need of patient humans who will help him adjust after a life of loneliness in a basement.

Hey, if you do happen to like big mutts, we have those, too – ranging up to 104-pound Parsha (above), a tan and black Rottweiler mix. At Animal Friends, we know that love can range from XS to XXL. Stop by and try on a new best friend for size!

In an effort to educate the community about the importance of adopting a shelter pet, and find qualified, permanent and loving homes for as many homeless animals as possible, Animal Friends is waiving our requested adoption donation for all pets aged 2 and up between November 25 and December 31!

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents... Harley!

Harley is a 3-year old Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix that I adopted 2.5 years ago. He weighs 50 pounds, is neutered, and up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. He’s incredibly smart and even more loving. He can be apprehensive to new people at first, but will warm to them after 5-10 minutes. After the 10-minute initial adjustment period he won’t want to leave your side! He’s good with kids and other dogs & loves to play fetch & go for runs. He needs to go to a home with a backyard (or other open area) that he can run & play fetch in.

I’m currently in the military & the constant moves, deployments, and various people dog-sitting him just isn’t fair. He deserves a life with more stability & I hope that one of you can provide him with that. He’s just an extremely intelligent, loyal dog that wants to be loved—he’ll show you more than enough affection in return!

If you are interested in adopting Harley, please contact Joshua at 412.401.4796.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Johnny's Stay at Animal Friends was Worth the Wait!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Older cats tend to wait in shelters while young cats and kittens more rapidly find homes. After some very hard times, striking, all-white Johnny’s luck turned, and he found he had a good supply of kitty karma going for him.

Johnny arrived at Animal Friends at age 13 when his owner surrendered him due to his chronic intestinal problems. After some testing, Animal Friends’ medical team discovered that the cause was the parasite coccidia, which is readily treatable with medication. This was Johnny’s first stroke of good luck.

His second lucky break came when a kind woman saw his photo online and was determined that he would not live out the rest of his life at a shelter. She inquired about adopting him, but was advised that he was still under medical treatment, and not yet ready for adoption. Johnny’s luck continued when a volunteer, a nurse, decided to foster him in her home while he finished receiving his medication. He did well, and with the help of a special diet designed to soothe his tummy, was soon able to return to Animal Friends.

As promised, his potential adopter, who had kept in touch regarding his progress, came in to adopt him the very day he moved into his cage on the adoption floor. She was beaming, delighted to finally meet the cat she had committed to upon first seeing him. Johnny’s biggest lucky break was celebrated by going home to live with a diehard animal lover, and several furry siblings.

Animal Friends is full of dogs, cats, and rabbits just waiting for the right person to turn their luck around. Could that be you?

Pet are priceless! Animal Friends is waiving our requested adoption donation for all pets aged 2 and up between November 25 and December 31!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Visit our Giving Tree locations!

You can support Animal Friends this holiday season by purchasing items from our wishlist!

The following businesses are hosting Giving Trees that feature photos of our animals and items that our pets need. You can help by selecting an animal’s photo from the tree, purchasing the corresponding item from the store and donating it, on the spot, to Animal Friends. All purchases will be delivered to our homeless residents.

Giving Tree Locations

  • Burton’s Total Pet! (8 locations-click here)

  • Moochie & Co. – Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village Mall

  • Healthy Pet Products – Perry Highway, McCandless and Ft. Couch Road, Upper St. Clair

  • Pampered Pet – Dewalt Avenue, Brentwood

  • Pet Salon – Scott Towne Center, Greentree Road

  • Pet Supplies Plus – South Park Shops, Bethel Park

  • Petagogy – Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside

Visit the wishlist page of to see a complete list of items that out animals need! If you have questions, call 412.847.7052.

Lee's adoption is priceless!

Poor Lee is grieving for his owner who passed away. His owner requested he come to Animal Friends when there was no one to care for him.

It's obvious that this beautiful, 5-year-old Tabby with clear green eyes was well loved. He's confident, friendly and enjoys affection without being overly needy. Although a mature cat, he still has a playful side. Lee wouldn't even mind sharing a home with other cats.

Lee lost his best friend and his home. Please come in to see him. Meet with one of adoption counselors to see if he's right for you. Loneliness shared often becomes love. Lee has lots of love to give you.

Lee is neutered, microchipped and current on vaccines! Through December 31, Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all pets age 2 and up.

If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department
412.847.7002 ext. 1
562 Camp Horne RoadPittsburgh, PA 15237

Hours:Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm
Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Lee, visit:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Barkley, a red Bloodhound mix, deserves a second chance.

Barkley is gentle and affectionate red Bloodhound mix who loves everyone he meets! He enjoys the company of other dogs like himself who are calm and relaxed. He appears to be house- and crate-trained and enjoys riding in the car. He takes treats softly and is happiest when being shown affection. He enjoys taking slow walks with our volunteers while sniffing to his heart’s content.

This gentleman hasn't had much luck in his 8 years. He was found as a stray without any identification and brought to Animal Friends by the Dog Warden. Upon his arrival, we found that Barkley is visually impaired and truly deserves to find a safe and caring home to call his own.

A fenced yard is recommended for Barkley. Due to his impairment, it is important to keep him contained and safe while allowing him the enjoyment of spending time outdoors. He would also prefer to go to a home with carpeted stairs, as he is prone to slipping.

Barkley hopes to find a special family who will show him love and compassion and with whom he can share his golden years. If you think you have room in your heart and home for our sweet Barkley, stop by soon.

Barkley is neutered, microchipped and current on vaccines! Right now, Animal Friends is celebrating November, National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, with priceless pet adoptions for seniors and senior-itas! Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all pets age 5 and up, Monday-Friday, November 1-30.

If you have questions or can help, contact:
Animal Friends' Adoption Department
412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Barkley, visit:

Pick up holiday gifts at Animal Friends' pet supply shop and boutique!

Guest Blogger: Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Black Friday will soon be upon us. Time to shop, shop, shop. But if you find that crowded malls, filled parking lots, and long lines at the checkout put you in a bah-humbug mood, there’s a better alternative. Visit Animal Friends' on-site boutique!

This holiday season, our retail store is stocked with gifts for all your favorite critters, both two and four-legged. For your human friends and family, we have t-shirts, hoodies, earrings, greeting cards and animal-themed home decor. Your furry family will feel pampered by our treats, bowls, toys and an assortment of healthy foods that will bring a shine to their coats and a bounce to their steps.

If you can’t decide, Animal Friends gift certificates are the perfect choice. They can be applied to any of the merchandise in our store, or to the adoption of a new family member.

A donation in the name of a person who has everything will show your love while helping an animal who’s hoping for a fresh start. And you have the satisfaction of knowing that your holiday dollars are supporting a great non-profit, not a giant corporation!

We like to think of ourselves as Santa’s helpers, filling stockings with great gifts that will inspire smiles and tail-wags. Stop in and shop soon!

Animal Friends is located at 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Our shop is open 7 days per week, 11-7 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends. For more info, call 412.847.7022 or click here to visit our site!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Don't Shop. Adopt! This Holiday Season, Pet Adoption is Priceless!

From November 25 - December 31, Animal Friends will waive our donation request when you adopt a pet age 2 or older.

Animal Friends knows that adopters have many choices when they look for a new pet. We firmly believe that families should choose pets that are altered and vaccinated. We believe in our adoption process. And most importantly, we believe that our shelter animals deserve to find loving homes. At a place like Animal Friends, where a resident can wait for as long as it takes to find the perfect home, the need for adoptions is all the more critical.

So now, in an effort to educate the community about the importance of adopting a shelter pet, and with a goal of finding qualified, permanent and loving homes for as many homeless animals as possible, we're putting our money where our message is: Pet adoption is truly priceless!

While Animal Friends typically requests $75 for dogs and cats and $60 for rabbits, we are waiving our adoption donation for all pets age 2 and up, through December 31. All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and medically and behaviorally evaluated.

This holiday season, don’t shop. Adopt!

Make this the year that you consider shelter adoption. Think not just of the wonderful dogs, cats and rabbits who wait at Animal Friends. Think of the hundreds more that so desperately need a second chance to live and love. Start the adoption process now by viewing animals and applying for adoption online at

All adoption applications are thoroughly screened to ensure appropriate, loving and lifelong matches.

This promotion is made possible by an anonymous donor who dreams of a day when all pets have loving homes.

3 Great Reasons to Adopt a Cat This Month

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

This fall, feline fanciers will find that Animal Friends can help you save in three ways!

  1. Adopting a cat as a snuggle buddy can lead to big savings on your heat bill! There’s nothing like a cat to provide cozy warmth on a chilly day – the bigger and fluffier, the better!

  2. Cat adoptions are priceless, meaning that the usual requested adoption donation has been waived for all kitties over age 2! And, referring to #1 above, older cats are more likely to sit on your lap and keep you warm!

  3. For every cat adopted from Animal Friends, two are saved – the one adopted, and the one who can move into a now empty cage. Knowing that you’ve helped save two lives – now that’s a warm feeling!
As you may have seen in the news, Animal Friends has been overwhelmed with cats due to several large rescues and the economy. What this translates into is a full house, including cats of every age, size, description and personality. We’re doing everything we can to help you save – help us save lives by adopting and sharing with your friends!

Helene the cat is pictured above, enjoying some rest with her canine friend in a foster home. Helene is looking for a permanent home...maybe yours!

Lilly the rabbit needs a home!

Lilly, an Aretha Franklin wannabe, just wants a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. This 3-year-old white and agouti Mini Lop is a strong-willed bunny set in her ways – a bit of a spitfire.

She can sometimes be a loner – which is often the sign of a deep thinker. She’s not your average bunny, but if she likes you, the passion will flow. Once she decides that you’re okay, you can hug and cuddle her and she’ll relax in your arms.

So come visit Lilly and we’ll see if she wants to adopt you. And if she does, take it as a huge compliment from your new brainy, sometimes bullheaded, but always benevolent bunny.

Lilly is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! I

f you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department
412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237


Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Lilly, visit:

Monday, November 21, 2011

We don't mean to be catty, but...

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Her new hairstyle is such a hot mess!
The music in this joint is so five minutes ago!
Doesn’t he realize how tacky that comb-over looks?

Sorry – we don’t mean to be catty, but now that we have your attention, let’s talk cats! We have them. Lots of them.

From Ainsley (pictured below), a three-year old orange guy to Zoey, a nine year old calico, and nearly every letter of the alphabet in between.

And from two month-olds Fruit and Veggie to 12 year-old Belle, all ages.

They come in all colors: white, black, orange, brown, buff and gray. Sizes range from extra small to XX large.

With many, many cats awaiting loving homes, our adoption counselors can help you find your ideal furry feline friend – or two.

And we promise, no catty remarks. Cats will never tell you they don’t like your shirt, or that you need a haircut. They will love you as you are. Come visit Animal Friends soon.

Right now, cat adoption is priceless! We're waiving our $75 adoption donation for all cats age 2 and up.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sunny needs a home!

We’d like you to meet, Sunny, a bright, beautiful golden Lab who surely has more sunny days ahead of her.

Sunny is 8 years old. She was very frightened when she came to Animal Friends, but she has done very well with her training and has really warmed up to the shelter staff. Our volunteers have been working closely her Sunny to help her get used to being handled.

Now, Sunny enjoys long walks at the park, riding in the car and playing with her toys. She is quiet and mannerly and walks nicely on a leash and harness. She knows basic commands like sit, down and give paw.

Sunny loves to seek attention from the staff, and she is a leaner, always leaning against the people she trusts! We would like Sunny’s new parents to continue her training and keep working with her, so an experienced dog owner would be best. Sunny is a little frightened of children and she needs gentle care and a quiet home in which to thrive.

If you are want to share some “sunny” days with this wonderful girl, please make a call to one of our adoption counselors today.

Can you help us spread the word about Sunny? Click here to download her poster!

Sunny is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department
412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Sunny, visit:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Black Tie & Tails: Real Housepets of Pittsburgh was a Success!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Last Saturday, Animal Friends' supporters, staff, volunteers and residents turned into real party animals at the annual Black Tie & Tails gala! It’s a night of fun, glamour, and an opportunity to help Animal Friends continue its work on behalf of homeless, unwanted and abused animals.

Where else can you bid on an opportunity to sit in on Jim Krenn’s DVE morning radio show, or win a Steelers party for 25 at the Nevillewood home of Steelers legend Andy Russell? Watch out for three Eyetique ads featuring families (and their pets) whose winning bids will support Animal Friends’ work. And numerous silent auction items, from art to jewelry to autographed footballs and jerseys helped make the evening a success.

For the past several years, the live auction finale has been an opportunity to support Animal Friends’ lifesaving spay and neuter initiative. This year, CEO David Swisher announced that Animal Friends met and exceeded their goal to alter 24,000 pets in three years! A key component was our mobile clinic, which empowered Animal Friends to take our services into rural and underserved areas, offering low-cost services to those with limited means, and altering feral cats to put a halt to unwanted births.

We can guarantee that a good time was had by all who partied, humans and animals alike, and we’re sorry if you missed it. But it’s not too late to participate! By clicking below, you can extend our auction finale and support our spay and neuter program!We hope you can join us next year – but let’s make every day at Animal Friends something to celebrate by donating, adopting, volunteering, and spreading the word!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Animal Friends Waives Cat Adoption Donations in Emergency Adoption Effort

Animal Friends is overwhelmed with homeless cats. We're determined to do something about it.

Recent large-scale rescues have left our shelter desperate for kennel space. Now, in an effort to find loving homes for cats and to empty cages for incoming rescued cats, Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all felines age 2 and up.

Cat adoption is truly priceless!

In June, police officers called Animal Friends to a home in Carrick, where 64 cats and kittens were found living in garbage, feces and filth. Though the home was condemned and boarded up, rescue workers donned Hazmat suits and entered day and night, pulling flea- and scab-covered cats from every nook and cranny. Just one month later, a neighboring house was found to have another out-of-control cat population. Again, Animal Friends was called to the rescue. While the cats are now healthy and ready for adoption, many still wait in cages.

Last week, police officers took Animal Friends to a home in Garfield, where nearly 70 more cats and kittens were rescued from deplorable conditions.

Meanwhile, calls continue to come in about strays and unwanted litters.

Animal Friends must place their feline residents into loving homes, so that even more can have a chance.

Animal Friends typically requests a $75 donation for cat adoption. In an effort to find loving homes for cats, Animal Friends is now waiving the requested donation for all cats age 2 and up.

All cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and medically and behaviorally cleared for adoption.

All adoption applications are thoroughly screened to ensure appropriate, loving and lifelong adoptions.

Cats are facing tough times in Allegheny County. If you’ve ever considered cat adoption, please do so now. Every empty cage empowers Animal Friends to rescue another cat who may not otherwise have a chance to survive.

Meet adoptable cats and apply for adoption now by visiting Call 412.847.7000 for more information.

See photos from Animal Friends' recent rescue mission at

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bowie's Story

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Some things were just meant to be.

Recently, a family whose cat had passed away came to Animal Friends, ready to open their home to another feline. They quickly zeroed in on the one they wanted to visit, and when the fluffy kitty was brought into a get-acquainted room, the bonding was nearly instant. The contented cat claimed a lap, the family fell in love, and soon they were on their way home together.

The adoption story of Bowie, the fluffy white cat, sounds fairly routine - except that the family’s previous pet was a white cat named Mr. Bowie. As soon as they saw our Bowie, they knew that was the cat for them.

The moral of the story? When you open your heart, you never know what you may find. Good karma happens daily at Animal Friends. Come visit us, and find yours!

Right now, cat adoption is priceless at Animal Friends. We're waiving the adoption donation on all cats age 2 and up. As always, all adoption applications are thoroughly screened to ensure appropriate, loving and lifelong adoptions. Come see us today!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents... ZeeKee!

ZeeKee is a very active, affectionate cat who I rescued as a stray in August 2011. He will lay purring on your lap as he plays with the strings of your hoodie or he will let you hold him as he discovers what fun your necklace has to offer. Make these "toys" obsolete and he loves to just be petted. He will affectionately rub his face on your chin or nose as you hold him. He loves toys that he can bat around as well as string and kitty teasers. His favorite toys are little stuffed mice with catnip in them. He will be a very loyal pet - he will follow you around the house to be near to you and will probably want to sleep in your bed. He is vocal, especially when you first come home from work and he has missed you. He is almost two-years-old, is up-to-date on his shots, neutered and has tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV.

Will you open your home and heart to this little love bug? ZeeKee would do best in a one-pet home and has never been around small children, so maybe a home with older children or just adults.

If you are interested in adopting ZeeKee, please contact Gina at 412-320-3363.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents... Jasmine!

Lovable Labradoodle needs a home! Her name is Jasmine and she has beautiful black, wavy hair. She has papers and she is 6-years-old. Jasmine is spayed and house-broken.

She can sit, stay, lie down, fetch, drop the ball in your hand, and knows the hand signals to the first three commands. She is very graceful and delicate in the house and around children. She likes other dogs. She is very loving and loves a good pet. She likes to chase the ball and bring it back to you. She enjoys playing basketball and chewing on rawhides. Jasmine learned to ring a bell to let us know she needed to go outside.

She is very intelligent and learns well with positive encouragement. She loves to please so by ignorning unwanted behavior and praising the good behavior, she learns very quickly. She is easy to groom: just bathe and trim hair with scissors. Occassionally, we pay to have her groomed so her undercoat can be thinned. She does shed and this is a problem with our second child who has some respiratory issues, which is why we need to find a new home for her.

If you are interested in adopting Jasmine, please contact Rachel at 724-733-7437.

Keep your pet safe this Halloween!

Between ringing doorbells, scary disguises and easy access to candy, Halloween can be a scary and dangerous time for pets. Animal Friends offers tips to keep pets safe and healthy during the Halloween season:

  • During the trick-or-treat hours, safely confine your companion animal in a room of your house away from the front door. The constant opening of the door provides easy opportunities for a quick escapes outside. Be sure your pet’s identification tags and microchip are up-to-date just in case she ever does escape and become lost.

  • Keep all candy and wrappers out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate and sweeteners like xylitol are poisonous to pets. Some pets like to tear open crinkly wrappers and may ingest foil or paper as a result. If your companion animal does eat a significant amount of candy, call your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1.888.426.4435.

  • Understand that costumes can be quite scary to your pet. Pets are often suspicious of new things—which is an important instinct that helped their ancestors survive. Never tease or try to scare a pet while you’re in costume, because even a friendly pet may feel threatened by and scratch or bite.

  • Keep jack-o-lanterns and other flammable d├ęcor safely out of your pet’s reach.

  • Black cats are not evil nor do they hold any special powers, but at this time of year they can fall victim to pranks and cruelty. It is always safer for cats to be kept indoors. However, if your cat does go outside, be sure to keep him in the house several days before and after Halloween, especially if he is a black cat.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy NEUTER Year! Animal Friends Offers $5 Cat Neuters in December

Make it a happy new year for your cat. Neuter him!

In a continued effort to end pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia, Animal Friends is offering a $5 special on cat neuter surgeries throughout December.

Appointments are required, and spaces are limited. Pet owners must apply for an appointment by clicking here. Cats will be neutered and vaccinated against rabies for $5. Other services are available for an additional charge. Surgeries will take place at Animal Friends on Camp Horne Road in the North Hills.

A neuter surgery is performed on a male cat to prevent him from breeding and producing litters of kittens. The surgery is performed by an experienced, licensed veterinarian while the cat is under anesthesia. In addition to preventing the births of unwanted litters, neutering:

  • reduces a pet’s risk of cancer and infection, such as prostate and testicular cancers

  • eliminates the mating drive, making pets more relaxed companions

  • makes pets less likely to run away

  • helps curb unwanted behaviors such as urine marking territories, roaming, fighting and howling

Spaying and neutering is also critical to ending pet overpopulation. Over 20,000 unwanted pets are euthanized every year in Allegheny County alone. A single neuter surgery can save 55 unwanted animals from being born. The only proactive way to reduce and eliminate pet overpopulation is through spay and neuter.

While Animal Friends is offering $5 neuter surgeries for a limited time, pet owners can take advantage of low-cost spay (for females) and neuter (for males) surgeries all year long. Apply online by clicking here.

Animal Friends’ Low-Cost Spay Neuter program is made possible through donations from the community. If you have already spayed or neutered your pet, spay it forward! Sponsor a surgery by clicking here!

Celebrate a Happy New Year with a neuter this year!

Dapple needs a home!

Meet Dapple, a gorgeous short-haired white cat with beautiful blue eyes.

Dapple was confiscated by Animal Friends' Humane Officers due to neglect in a hoarding situation. In spite of the challenges in her life, Dapple is a happy, healthy and very playful girl!

Once she knows that she can trust you, Dapple is a perfect mix of playful and affectionate. She loves to be scratched under her chin, on her neck, and sometimes rolls over for belly scratches!

Dapple loves people, dogs, and other cats (especially Damsel, Dainty, and Dervish who she lived with). She loves playing with all cat toys, especially wand toys, toy balls, catnip, scratching posts, and laser pointers.

Please give Dapple a second look today. She has been waiting her whole life for you! Please ask one of the wonderful adoption counselors about beautiful and playful Dapple!

Dapple is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Dapple, visit:

Friday, October 21, 2011

It’s a Fiesta! Priceless Senior and Senior-ita Pet Adoptions

It’s a fiesta! Animal Friends is celebrating November, National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, with priceless pet adoptions for seniors and senior-itas!

Animal Friends is waiving adoption donations for all pets age 5 and up, Monday-Friday, November 1-30.

Animal Friends typically requests a $75 donation for dogs and cats and $60 for rabbits. But this November, we’re throwing a party for the grown-ups and offering priceless adoptions. It’s time to celebrate the adult animals and their fabulous qualities:

  • Mature pets are more likely to be housebroken and less likely to chew.

  • Adult pets are less demanding than puppies and kittens, and are better at letting you sleep through the night.

  • What you see is what you get! Adopting an adult pet takes the guesswork out of predicting a pet’s size, personality and energy level.

  • Adult pets can have great experience! Animal Friends can match you with a pet who has lived with kids, working parents or other pets.

  • Adult pets are the most grateful, appreciative companions.

Despite the benefits of adopting an adult pet, they still tend to wait in cages while adopters clamor for puppies and kittens.

We hope that by waiving our requested adoption donations, more adopters will consider shelter adoption – especially those adult pets who have been waiting for a second chance.

As always, adoptions are thoroughly screened to ensure appropriate, loving and lifelong adoptions. All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Come to Animal Friends this November for priceless adoptions for seniors and senior-itas, age 5 and up!

Animal Friends is located at 562 Camp Horne Road in Ohio township. For more information or to view adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits, visit

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Challenge: Animal Admissions vs. the Crisis of Pet Overpopulation

On any given day, it’s the biggest challenge we face.

But we do see it, each and every day…when someone needs to surrender a pet, and they can not wait.

When it comes to the heartbreaking situation of surrendering a pet to a shelter, everyone wants the same thing: a promise that the animal will receive a second chance. And since residents can live at Animal Friends for as long as it takes to find them a new home, pet owners rest a bit easier when they leave an animal in our care.

So, we at Animals Friends work tirelessly to place our animals into homes. We know that it’s a matter of life and death: every emptied cage empowers us to offer a lifeline to another pet in need.

But the sad reality is: our resources are not infinite. And the crisis of pet overpopulation is so much bigger than any one shelter. More than 20,000 homeless pets are euthanized every single year in this very community. Most of those pets are healthy, lovable animals who simply had nowhere to turn.

That’s why we’re doing everything we possibly can. Nearly 20 years ago, Animal Friends launched a low-cost spay/neuter program to help prevent the births of unwanted pets. Five years ago, we built a bigger facility that would shelter more homeless animals. Three years ago, we put a mobile spay/neuter clinic on the road to double our efforts. Today, every cage and foster home was already filled…when our Humane Officer hit the road to bring in more pets in need of immediate rescue.

And don’t forget kitten season! That’s the time of year when our phones start ringing off the hook, with calls from neighbors who have found entire litters in their yards. It’s simply overwhelming.

Doing everything we can means that Animal Friends is constantly operating at maximum capacity. So, when someone needs to surrender a pet to Animal Friends, so often, we need to ask them to wait.

Of course we dream of a day when there can be a safe place, and ultimately a home, for every abandoned animal. But while we work towards that goal, we…and the pets in our region…need your help.

How you can make an impact:

Adopt one, save two. Adopt a pet from Animal Friends so that another pet in need will have somewhere to go.

Spay or neuter your pet. Even if you find homes for your pet’s litter, there are other pets, waiting in shelters, who won’t be so lucky.

Sponsor a spay. Underwrite a surgery for a pet who otherwise would not be altered. Visit to make your donation.

If you must surrender a pet:

Plan ahead. Pittsburgh has three shelters and many rescue groups who can assist you when you must give up your pet. Not all shelters can guarantee that your pet will be adopted. If you would like to surrender a pet to Animal Friends, understand that your admissions application will be placed on file and processed as we find homes for previously admitted animals.

Consider placing your pet through our Home-to-Home Adoption program, in which you can reach out to potential adopters who can then contact you directly about adopting your pet from your home. Visit the Home-to-Home page of for more information.

If you find a stray pet:

Call your local animal control agency. Animal control agencies will pick up dogs and sometimes cats. But, they are not adoption agencies. Sometimes, good Samaritans find that they are able to safely care for a stray pet while they seek his or her original owner, a new home, or admit the pet to a shelter. Visit the Lost and Found page of for more information and a list of animal control agencies.

If you are caring for feral cats:

We can help. Call our Lost-Cost Spay/Neuter office to learn more about humane Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) practices. You can reach a counselor by calling 1.800.SPAY.PGH.
Pet overpopulation is a problem that is heartbreaking yet preventable. With your support, we can spay and neuter more animals and find homes for those in need. To learn more about donating, adopting or getting involved, visit

Monday, October 17, 2011

Franny needs a home!

I’m Franny, and I am a 4-year-old short-haired Tabby cat.

I came to Animal Friends because my owner had too many cats to care for. I am on the shy side, so please do not waste your breath trying to call me. However, I thoroughly enjoy being petted and will reward you with massive purrs in return for the affection.

I love to play with toys and can amuse myself for quite a while doing so. My foster family says that if I’m upstairs and you are downstairs, you will hear me running across the floor as I bat a small ball or toy mouse. I also enjoy climbing up a cat tree and relaxing on the very top.

At other times I’ll amuse myself by just looking out a convenient window and watching as the world goes by. So if you are looking for a cat who is affectionate but independent, I’m your gal.

Unfortunately my self-reliance does not extend to the adoption process, so you are the one who has to fill out the application and talk with the adoption counselor. Now would be good!

Franny is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department

412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Franny, visit:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents... Maple!

Maple is a sweet 4 year old purebred, spayed American Chocolate Lab. She thrives on regular exercise and attention. She weighs 78 pounds and is quite tall for a Lab but very fit.

Maple is looking for a home that can give her about 30 minutes of walking or running a day, plus plenty of play time. She heels well and is a great running partner. She is dog-friendly and loves the dog park. She loves kids and currently lives in a house with a baby. She is not
food aggressive, is fully house and crate trained, and knows her basic commands.

Maple would do best in a house that has kids or adults that can give her a lot of attention. She is currently not allowed on the furniture but would love to sleep in your bed if you let her. Owners that work part time or at home would be ideal for her.

She has an allergy to wheat and corn (so her food costs a little more but is available at Petco, Petsmart and Feed stores), but other than that is quite healthy.

She would come with crate, beds, toys, and other necessary items. A trial period of 2 weeks is recommended.

If you can help, please contact:

Hilary Meurer

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents... Marvin!

Marvin is a 22-month old Male Tabby with a big bushy tail. I got Marvin form a farm in Ligonier when he was six weeks old. He has been neutered, feline leukemia tested and vaccinated. He is house broken and uses only one litter box. He likes Purina Cat chow and eats half a can of wet food twice a week. He is friendly and playful. He is good with children and never has bitten or clawed anyone. He greets you at the door and likes his belly rubbed when I get home. He has his claws and likes to go outside in the evening. He needs a nice yard or farm to roam. He is a good mouser. He will come in when called most of the time. He is a great cat with a good personality. I would like to keep him but, am unable to do so. I want very much to find him a good home. I would like to see him continue to be able to go outdoors. 

If interested, please contact John at 412.370.7342 or

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Johnny needs a home!

Johnny is quite a lover boy around Animal Friends. Graceful, gentle and sweet, this beautiful white cat with soulful blue eyes will lavish you with attention.

Mature cats make wonderful companions, as they have put those rambunctious behaviors of their youth behind them. Very content with lounging around, and accepting of cuddling and grooming, 13-year-old Johnny will provide a sense of comfort to your life. He's alert, curious and playful, and Johnny will even join you in a game of "hot potato." He will bat around his toy mouse on a cat-teaser toy, then quickly remove his paw as if not quite knowing what that mouse will do in return. It's a delightful game to share with him.

Johnny may have diminished hearing. Please discuss this possibility with an adoption counselor so you know how to help Johnny.

Seniors of all kinds deserve our love and respect. In Japanese society, they are recognized as "National Treasures." Let's adopt this noble philosophy! Don't let this marvelous cat live out his golden years in a cage. Come in and meet Johnny today!

Johnny is neutered, microchipped and current on vaccines! If you have questions or can help, contact:
Animal Friends' Adoption Department
412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

To give a donation in honor of Johnny, visit:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Calypso needs a home!

Calypso is a very timid little girl, but with the help of her foster family, she grows a little more courageous every day. This 2-year-old petite Mini-Lop with a luxurious black coat is looking for someone who will help her feel safe and loved.

Recently, she has shown an aptitude for learning new things, like walking across a training ramp! Now, her foster family is working to see if she if Calypso would like to be clicker trained. She'd love to explore new talents with you!

Calypso is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccines! If you have questions or can help, contact:

Animal Friends' Adoption Department
412.847.7002 ext. 1

562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Monday-Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Or, apply for adoption online now!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Tail Adoption Story: Fiona Espy

By Siri Espy, Communications Team

I can only write this because cats can’t read. You see, I tell my four felines that I love them all the same, but like many parents, I have a confession to make: there’s a special place in my heart for one of them – my Fiona.

Three years ago, Fiona was living in an unsheltered cage in a back yard. The yard belonged to a woman who may have thought she was being kind by capturing and feeding stray cats. When the woman passed away, Animal Friends’ humane officers discovered a dozen cats in cages, many loaded with fleas and lice. All of the cats were confiscated and underwent medical evaluation and treatment before being cleared and placed on Animal Friends’ adoption floor.

As a volunteer at Animal Friends, I have the privilege of meeting and befriending many felines as they pass through on their way to loving homes. Having recently lost a 17-year old cat, there was a vacancy in our home to be filled with just the right one. As I arrived for an evening of cat-petting, I was drawn to a blue cream Tortie with gorgeous green eyes. Thus began my love for Fiona. Fiona and I chatted several times, and her eagerness to be petted and loved won me over. Soon, she was on her way home with me.

he first few days were challenging, as Fiona struggled to adjust. Initially fearful, she scratched at a bathroom throw rug and mistook it for a litter box at night. I began scooping her up and carrying her to the basement to visit the box at bedtime, and put a water dish in the spot she was misusing, hoping she would not want to befoul a watering hole. She soon cleaned up her act, and has since been a model citizen.

Fiona is our “Velcro cat” – it’s sometimes necessary to peel her off in order to move around, although a lapful of Fiona is a wonderful excuse not to get up. She lives for love, with a firm and convincing head butt to the chin as a reminder. I have rarely witnessed the total bliss she exhibits during a chin scratch or ear rub, closing her eyes and positioning herself for more, more, more, more. As she’s curled up, safe and warm, it breaks my heart to think of her confined to an outdoor cage all alone, braving the elements. She seems so grateful for a loving home, and I’m grateful that we can provide her with the warmth and security she deserves.

In the evening, she’s careful to give equal time to both my husband and me, visiting one of us and then the other as we relax in front of the TV. Even at night she makes her presence known, lying on the back or tummy of one of her sleeping humans, or jumping on the bed, then walking across one of us to spend time with the other. My grown daughter adores and has threatened to steal Fiona. Her lease, which prohibits pets, provides me with some comfort, but I still listen for meows when my daughter packs her car to return home. I’ve assured her that when she can have pets, I’ll help her find a kitty of her own, but we both know there’s only one Fiona.

Although she specializes in love, my Fiona is far from one-dimensional. She can often be seen chasing furiously through the house with one or more of her feline siblings in mad pursuit of…something or other. She holds her own in the nightly feather toy games my husband hosts, and is delighted when I wear dangly earrings that invite a paw swipe or two.

Fiona and I make an ideal pair, both enjoying a cuddle as she lets me know that I am a very special cat mommy indeed. As she flops down, head butts and looks up at me with those imploring green eyes, I understand what she’s saying: “Love me! Love me!” Happily, with yet another chin scratch underway, I know just how to tell her: “I do, Fiona. I really, really do.”

Animal Friends Offers Free Straw for Cold Outdoor Pets

In preparation for plummeting temperatures, Animal Friends is once again offering free bags of straw to anyone who cares for outdoor pets or feral cats.

Animal Friends urges pet owners to make their pets part of the family and keep them inside the home. Dogs, cats and domestic rabbits are social animals, and just like humans, they suffer without interaction and companionship. Animal Friends offers many programs, including low cost spay/neuter and behavior training, that may help overcome issues that sometimes prompt a pet owner’s decision to house a pet outside. Call 412.847.7000 to learn more about these options.

However, recognizing the reality that many pets do live outside, Animal Friends urges those pet owners to obey the law by ensuring that outdoor pets have access to proper food and warm, dry shelters. Because blankets, towels and pillows will only get wet and freeze, straw is the best insulation against the cold and wet winter. Free bags of straw can be picked up at Animal Friends, located at 562 Camp Horne Road in the North Hills, just 0.5 miles west of Exit 8 off I-279. Straw delivery is also available for those without transportation or are unable to pick up the straw from Animal Friends.

A car mat or rug should be used as a flap over a doghouse door to keep the inside free of wind, snow and rain. If you are in need of a dog house, please contact Animal Friends to inquire about availability.

Extra care must also be taken to provide drinkable water and extra food at all times during freezing temperatures.

Frequently check your pet's paws, ears and tail for signs of frostbite, a very common occurrence. If you suspect frostbite, your pet will need to see a veterinarian immediately. Check your dog's chain often to make sure it is not frozen to the ground or tangled. A tangled, too-short chain can cost your pet his or her life in bad weather.

Animal Friends' annual straw drop is also an important opportunity for feral cat caregivers to insulate feral cat shelters. In addition to the straw, Animal Friends also offers a low cost Spay/Neuter package for feral cats that includes the spay or neuter, a rabies vaccination, and an ear-tip all for just $30. Call 1.800.SPAY.PGH for more details or to schedule a surgery.

For more information, call Animal Friends at 412.847.7000 or visit