Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Beat the Heat with Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Specials!

February is our favorite month. It’s not the Valentine’s Day chocolates that get our hearts racing—it’s the opportunity to celebrate World Spay Day!

World Spay Day is annually celebrated on the last Tuesday in February, but we at Animal Friends will be celebrating throughout the month with spay/neuter specials!

February is the perfect time to spay or neuter your companion animals or feral cats. Since many people wait until spring or summer to spay or neuter their pets, you can avoid a longer wait time by scheduling now. And, we’re offering low prices throughout the month!

February "Beat the Heat" specials at Animal Friends:

  • Female cats: $30 includes a spay and rabies vaccine

  • Male cats: $5 includes a neuter and rabies vaccine

  • Feral cats: $30 includes a spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, flea treatment and ear tip

  • Pit bulls: $20 for a spay or neuter

  • Female Dogs: $85 for a spay

  • Male Dogs: $70 for a neuter

(Other services are available at additional cost.)

Grant your pet a longer, healthier life by spaying or neutering today. We’re just a phone call or mouse click away. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1.800.SPAY.PGH or apply online at www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

If you’ve already spayed or neutered your pet, spay it forward! Click here to sponsor a spay today!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents... Two Adorable Calico Cats!

We have just recently found out that our 2-year-old little girl is allergic to our cats. It is heartbreaking to let go of our cats, but we know it’s what’s best for our little girl. Our cats are seven year old, calico cats. They are spayed, indoor cats who are always very nice to us and especially our children. They have just recently been to the veterinarian and are in good health with updated vaccines.

Please help us find them a loving home by calling 540-845-1902 (Belle Vernon Area).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Drizella needs a home!

Two-year-old Drizella is waiting for another chance.

A fluffy, lap full of love, Drizella will sing a song of contentment with a trilling purr. Dainty and sweet, her expressive tail ends in a little gray puff-ball, and her paws look like a proper lady's spotless white gloves. Even at play, she shows off her mannerly ways. She swats at a teaser toy with polite little taps... as if hoping not to offend the mouse.

Drizella does have a little secret...a weakness for treats. And, she doesn't seem to mind the company of other cats. A

nimal Friends saved her life during our New Years Eve Rescue but we can't save Drizella from a life that's lived in a cage. You must provide the ultimate happy ending for this angelic cat. Please come in to talk to an adoption counselor to see if your home would be her heaven on earth.

Drizella 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 Drizella, visit:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Zapper Finally Let His Guard Down! ...and Found a Forever Home

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Zapper arrived at Animal Friends nearly two years ago, completely terrified. Rescued along with dozens of other cats from a hoarding situation, he hissed, swatted and threatened to bite when approached. While some shelters might have labeled him unadoptable, Animal Friends' staff and volunteers worked patiently with him, using food as a motivator to allow human contact.

Their efforts paid off in significant improvement in Zapper’s temperament, as he learned to relax and trust to an extent. In time, he was moved out of his condo and into one of our free-roam rooms, where he lived happily with other cats but remained wary of humans. When potential adopters came to visit, he scurried away and tried to hide. Not a good strategy for finding a forever home!

Last weekend, Zapper’s luck turned around. A kind young woman named Amy arrived at Animal Friends looking to adopt. She had a list of three long-term residents she wanted to visit, determined to provide a home to a cat most in need.

True to form, Zapper scooted out of the way when Amy entered the room, perched on top of a high armoire, looking down with a combination of curiosity and fear as Amy approached. An experienced cat owner with two other felines at home, she knew to move slowly and cautiously. After a short while, Zapper jumped down onto a cat tree and lay down next to another cat snoozing there. He allowed Amy to pet him, soon closing his eyes in contentment. Tears in her eyes, Amy nodded. Zapper was her cat.

This brave little fellow and compassionate young woman left Animal Friends to start a new life together, with feline siblings to keep him company. He is finally in a place where he will be loved, and the slot he has long occupied is empty, ready to be filled by another cat ready for a second chance.

Click here to meet more cats who need a second chance.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Happy New Year for Chester (and his mom!)

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

For Chester the cat and his new mom, Christmas came a few days late. At 11:00 on December 30, right at shelter opening, a woman appeared at Animal Friends’ door, cat carrier in hand.

Unaware of the scheduled New Year’s Eve rescue, she was a bit mystified by the commotion, but was nevertheless ready to adopt. Armed with a list of potential cats, she had studied the web site and identified several young orange tabby boys she thought might be good companions for a lonely kitty at home whose buddy recently passed away.

First on the list was Chester, a six month-old who was born on a porch to a stray mother. Chester found her lap within minutes of meeting her, then confidently crawled into her carrier and sat down as if announcing he was ready to go home. It was certainly mutual, as she quickly affirmed that yes, he was her cat, and she had no need to visit with the others.

His new mom told us that he was her Christmas gift from her daughter, who knew she wanted a cat and funded the adoption.

Although Christmas was late, little Chester rang in 2012 in his new home, where his cat-savvy mom had a quiet room all ready for him to relax in while he became accustomed to his new surroundings, which are undoubtedly filled with love. Happy new year, little guy!

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

Looking for a valentine? Romeo may be your perfect match! He is a sweet and lovable neutered and vaccinated male cat. He is approximately 3 years old.

He is a sweet rescued cat who would do best in a home with no other cats. He loves hanging out with you on the couch at night.

Please call 724.266.4649 for more information.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two Residents Became Best Friends -- and Found a Home Together!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Visitors to Animal Friends often stopped to see a touching scene: two residents of a free-roam room cuddled up together in a flower-shaped bed, sleeping intertwined, arms around one another. But there is quite a story behind the two cats.

Déjà Vu, with striking black and white markings, and smaller orange tabby Vancouver were rescued from two separate cat hoarding situations, where they lived in deplorable conditions. Happy with other cats, both had lacked human interaction and socialization.

Vancouver was at Animal Friends nearly two years, and Déjà Vu somewhat less. In that time, they became inseparable, grooming one another and cuddling in the cozy bed. While the two were content to be together, they remained skeptical of humans, and both were overlooked by potential adopters who could provide them a loving home - until last week.

A woman came to Animal Friends asking to visit with Vancouver after viewing her photo and profile on the web site. She spent two hours on the free roam floor, and observed firsthand the bond between Vancouver and her buddy. Patient and willing to make the commitment to move slowly, she decided to give Vancouver a home, and knew that she couldn’t possibly leave Déjà Vu behind. Soon both cats were on their way.

Any time a long-time resident finds a home, news spreads quickly among staff and volunteers. But this double happy ending, almost two years in the making, brought tears to many eyes. After a long wait, Vancouver and Déjà Vu have everything they could have wanted – a loving home and each other, forever.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lucy the rabbit needs a home!

We'd like you to meet Lucy, a 5-year-old Agouti shorthaired rabbit. This flirty gal wears her "eyeliner" with pride and simply adores being told she's such a "pretty, pretty girl"... and who can blame her?

Lucy's beauty isn't only skin-deep, either! She's got a great personality and a warm heart, too. She sure hasn't allowed the fact that she was abandoned at Animal Friends with her mom and siblings sour her outlook on life. This mellow glamour girl would be perfect for a first-time bunny owner.

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wizard the cat needs a home!

Wizard...a magical name for a seemingly ordinary black cat! But wait... he's a bob-tail...and not ordinary at all!

His rich, dense coat has an undercolor of sable brown, which can only be seen under bright lights. Take this calm and gentle boy out of his cage for a closer look. Rescued from a hoarder's neglect, Wizard was found in deplorable conditions. Yet, he did not let hardship stomp all the love out of him. He craves attention, and is affectionate and content in the company of both people and other cats.

Sadly, black cats are the least likely to find their forever homes. We here at Animal Friends find black cats both charming and lovable, and we are lucky when in their company.

If you are a person looking for a unique companion, consider the "bob-tailed " Wizard. Talk to an adoption counselor to see if 5-year-old Wizard is right for you. Maybe, just maybe, something magical will happen.

Wizard is neutered, 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

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 Wizard, visit:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

61 Animals are Being Readied for New Homes!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

TV cameras and newspaper reporters caught the action at Animal Friends’ annual New Year’s Eve Rescue, where this year 61 animals were saved from euthanasia at other facilities and brought to a new beginning at Animal Friends. But for these animals, their arrival was just the first step in their journey to new homes.

Despite the commotion, Animal Friends’ team of staff and volunteers functioned as a well-oiled machine. Upon arrival, each animal received a Disney-themed name, and was taken for an initial medical screening.

Dogs received a quick test to rule out the highly contagious parvo virus, then were taken to be evaluated by the medical team. Members of the Dog Behavior Team were standing by, ready to conduct behavioral tests that will determine what kind of family they will best fit into and what training will be needed.

Several of the dogs presented challenges for our volunteer groomers, as they arrived filthy and matted. Two adorable terrier mixes were a tangle of mats, a sweet Pomeranian seemed to dwindle to nothing when her poorly kept coat was removed, and a Shih Tsu mix was so heavily matted that she had to be shaved down to the skin.

Many of the animals arrived in need of spay and neuter surgeries, which will take place over the next several days, and medical treatment will be provided to those who need it.

The days following the Rescue have been hectic, with staff and volunteers relishing the satified exhaustion that comes from working toward a single-minded goal – helping 61 animals find their way home.