Monday, March 30, 2015

Animal Friends' Home-to-Home Adoption Program presents: Roscoe!

Hi! My name is Roscoe! I am the sweetest, cuddliest most laid back domestic short hair you'll meet! I am very curious and very happy! I love to sit on laps and do lots of purring! I am not picky about what brand I eat, but my parents mostly feed me dry cat food.

I am approximately 4-5 years old. When I was adopted, it was not clear how old I was. I have lived with multiple people, other cats and even a baby who was very interested in playing with me! I have never hissed and am not aggressive, even when the baby manages to pounce on me! My mom thinks I would do great in a home where I am the only cat. I love attention and haven't met a person yet I don't like! 

My parents are looking to have me adopted or fostered as they had a family member move in recently who is very allergic to cats. My parents love me so much, they would love to have me back someday, but if someone is looking for a permanent feline roommate, they are open to that as well!

Please contact Valerie at 412 916 9532 if you are interested in meeting our sweet boy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Animal Friends' Home-to-Home program presents: Snuggles!

Hi. I’m Snuggles! My name is a bit of a joke because I am not the “snuggly” kind, but don’t form an opinion yet! I am a very well-behaved cat who prefers not to be picked up and cuddled. I am a 4½-year-old female and have lived with a single mom, her teenage kids and another female cat who went to live with a relative. 

My mom believes I would be an excellent cat for an assisted living or long-term care facility because I am a very well-behaved cat! I don’t get up on the table or counters, I don’t hound you when you are eating, I don’t go outside of the litter box, I don’t wrap myself around your legs and almost trip you, I’m not picky about what I eat, I don’t try to escape (because I’m afraid of the outdoors), I don’t make much noise and I would never even think about biting or scratching you. I do love to nap and I do love to be petted. I can keep someone company without being “high-maintenance” like some kitties are.

My family has to give me up because my mom is getting married and her husband-to-be is extremely allergic to cats. They have been dating for 5 years and he can’t spend more than 45 minutes at the house without his chest getting tight and he cannot breathe – and that’s with Benadryl! So I need a good home to be safe and a good person (or people) to hang out with!

If you can give Snuggles a home, please contact Sue at 724.556.9399 or email at

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mondays with Myrtle: #teammyrtle

We have some sad news to share today. Surprisingly and sadly, we have said farewell to Myrtle. 

First and foremost, to reiterate from our blog posts, we want to acknowledge what a special kitty Myrtle was.  And, we want to thank everyone who was involved with her arrival to Animal Friends and providing her with specialized care.  We also want to thank you, the readers, for following along with Myrtle’s story and cheering her on.

Most of all, we send a special thank you to Myrtle’s foster mom who lovingly provided her with all of her needs, creating a true oasis for a precious kitty who surely deserved it. Katie opened her heart and her home to Myrtle and surely made Myrtle’s last months as wonderful as they could be.

Myrtle’s health took an unexpected turn.  Her foster mom alerted Animal Friends’ medical staff that she was no longer able to stand and arrangements were made for her to immediately go to the emergency veterinarian for care.  Tests were conducted and the veterinarian suspected cancer or an infection that had spread throughout Myrtle’s body.  With heavy hearts, the decision was made to let Myrtle go.  

Our furry loved ones live in the moment and Myrtle was provided with precious moments while under Animal Friends’ care.  While Myrtle is no longer with us in body, we can see a bit of her spirit shine through in each animal we care for. We ask that you love your pets just a little more today in honor of a very brave, very special kitty.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

“Personal” Cat Grass Containers

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist

Spring is finally upon us and we are so very excited to start enjoying the sunshine, the warm air and...the grass?  Yes! Bring a little of the outdoors into an enclosure (or into your home) for enrichment for your kitty. Cat grass is easy to grow and can be made in little disposable containers. 

• Wash small plastic containers thoroughly.  Small yogurt cups, applesauce cups, or dip snack containers work very well. 
• Soak the cat grass seeds for 8 hours or overnight.
• Fill the containers with potting soil. 
• Plant the seeds in the soil and water well
• Place in a warm dark location and keep the soil damp, not soggy. 
• When the grass sprouts, place the containers in a sunny window.  When the grass reaches an inch or two, pass them out to a shelter cat (or your kitty at home) to enjoy.  

The enrichment grass will introduce something new to the cat’s enclosure and provide the opportunity to graze for those who choose to indulge!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Animal Friends presents: Pai Pai and Bubbles!

Are you someone who is always looking for a good challenge? Do you find that you enjoy strange personality quirks in others? Do you think that one handful just isn’t quite enough? Then how about two?! With our dynamic duo, Bubbles and Pai Pai, you can live that adventure that you seek! 

These girls come as a pair with Bubbles’ nutty-peanut-butter-like personality which goes great with Pai Pai’s sweet chocolaty self. They love playing together – great for getting them worn out – but don’t be worried if it looks like Bubbles is being overly bossy. Pai Pai can handle it and will keep on coming back for more.

Bubbles is one beautiful, sassy, babe looking for the right home. She is a gal who likes things on her terms with both dogs and people. Though Bubbles appears cottony soft, it’s important to remember to look but don’t touch as she does not enjoy being reached for. To fit into Bubbles’s world, any affection must be on her terms, as it should be with any discriminating young lady. She is very active, smart, and determined, showing an abundance of confidence in most situations with the exception of touching. Bubbles is very playful and loves playtime with other dogs, but she can be too much for some other dogs. She and Pai Pai, however, are best friends for life and must live together. 

Pai Pai is a shy-yet-friendly girl who needs a home with patience to allow her the time she needs to get comfortable in her environment. She tends to be afraid of strangers and can be easily startled; due to this she is considered a potential flight risk. Once she warms up to you she enjoys petting and cuddles. With both Bubbles and Pai Pai it is important to not push any handling on them but to wait for them to choose to come to you to receive their lovin’.  

The right home for this doggy duo will understand their quirks, be patient and spend time working with them to help them to become all that they can be. The girls will do best with children 15 and up in a home without cats. They enjoy other dogs and could do well in a home with more dogs, as long as the other dogs are okay with their roughhouse style of play. Both girls are young and energetic so will need to be able to exercise and play on a daily basis. 

Interested in meeting Bubbles and Pai Pai? Please call the Animal Friends Adoption Department at 412.847.7002 to set up an appointment for a visit or email us at

Animal Friends presents: Boom Boom!

Are you seeking a little man with good looks and a big, booming personality? Well, look no further because Boom Boom is the one you’ve been waiting for!

Boom Boom is confident and friendly with other dogs and can often be found flying through the air in play group with his shelter dog friends. He will do just about anything to get them to play and run with him, including trying some moves we humans find just a bit embarrassing! Although he is very confident with other dogs, he is wary of new people and will greet a stranger with big booming barks.

We have found that with some training and food rewards that we are able to modify this behavior, especially when he is practicing with someone he trusts. Once he knows you – this just takes a little patience and some tasty treats – he is a very smart, fun and loving little fellow. He enjoys playing with toys, running circles through the house and cuddling up with his person. And just wait until you see his moves on the agility course. Talk about a rockstar!

Boom is approximately 1-year old and would love to learn even more tricks from you. Even though he really enjoys relaxing in a baby stroller (yes, a baby stroller and we have pictures!) he does not appreciate when children are around. So Boom Boom would prefer to live in a home with adults and kids 15 and up.

If you think you have enough space in your heart and home for this Boom-ing special dog, please call the Animal Friends Adoption Department at 412-847-7002 to set up an appointment for a visit or email us at

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Animal Friends presents: Riggs!

Has having the kids away at school left home a little too quiet? Are you looking for a lively companion to energize your empty home? Look no further, we have an endearingly obnoxious companion to remind you that you are needed and loved! 

Years of ignoring whiny children should set you up perfectly to train Riggs, a very handsome, very vocal Lab/Chow mix who could use some help learning “shush.”  Like demanding toddlers, handsome Riggs has learned that people often respond to being loudly prodded, and he enjoys the attention of people so much it has become a constant behavior.  A family that will ignore the incessant canine vocalizations, “Mom, Dad! Treat, Walk!” will help him learn that a quiet nuzzle can be just as effective. Don’t worry, we don’t expect Riggs to completely break the habit – you’ll still know that he’s there!

Riggs does settle down, especially for scratches behind the ears and on his bum, but he prefers to settle on the floor next to his favorite human instead of alone in a crate.  In previous homes Riggs has protested solitary confinement by escaping a crate and nosing through unlatched doors, although he has recently learned to be comfortable in a crate.  Riggs did well with a family who was rarely away, bonding and becoming his Dad’s sidekick before he became too ill to care for Riggs and brought him back to Animal Friends.

At seven years old most dogs would be looking for a soft bed beside the fireplace to relax and snooze.  Riggs will happily use the bed, but as a platform to de-stuff his toys!  Don’t worry, he will still look adorable as he sticks his backside up at you during play. Riggs is no couch potato, so he could be your next great hiking buddy.  He’s as excited about the next car ride as he is about playing!  He rides nicely, however, and will continue to be the perfect gentleman on your walk unless he gets too close to yummy forest creatures or cats. 

Riggs is great at sharing food and toys with his trusted companions, but he doesn’t seem to trust other dogs or new people.  A few treats, new toys, and some loving patience will help him get used to those pesky college students, the mailman, and the neighbors, but we think younger children might be a little too much for Riggs to handle in a home – after all, he is still learning to be well behaved himself!

Interested in meeting Riggs? Please call the Animal Friends Adoption Department to set up an appointment for a visit – 412.847.7002 – or email us at