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 www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org 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
adoptioninfo@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
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!
http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Animals

To give a donation in honor of Lee, visit: https://secure2.convio.net/af/site/Donation2?df_id=1300&1300.donation=form1

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
adoptioninfo@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

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!http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Animals

To give a donation in honor of Barkley, visit: https://secure2.convio.net/af/site/Donation2?df_id=1300&1300.donation=form1

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 http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/.

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




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 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
adoptioninfo@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

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!http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Animals

To give a donation in honor of Sunny, visit: https://secure2.convio.net/af/site/Donation2?df_id=1300&1300.donation=form1

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 www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. Call 412.847.7000 for more information.

See photos from Animal Friends' recent rescue mission at www.facebook.com/AnimalFriends.

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.