Month: March 2019

7 Household Dangers for Pets

As a pet owner, it’s likely that you use extra caution with certain chemicals and toxins in your home that can be harmful to your four-legged family members. But, things like insecticides and rodenticides are just scratching the surface. Keep an eye out for these everyday household items that may pose a threat to your pet’s well-being!

Human Food Most of us like to show our pets how much we love them by slipping them some yummy table scraps. And, it’s not just chocolate, grapes and raisins that should stay out of your pet’s bowl. Foods like avocados, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, and foods containing xylitol such as gum and certain peanut butters are no good. You’ll also want to be sure your pet steers clear of coffee grounds, yeast and alcohol.
Cooked meats can pose a serious threat to your pet’s health, too. Bones can become brittle when cooked, increasing the chance of breaking or splintering which is a big issue when ingested by your animal companion.

Human Medications We know..

Home to Home Adoption Program: Vikki

Vikki is an incredibly friendly spayed black domestic shorthair who is about 1-2 years old. Vikki was found as a stray and taken into a home that she hoped was her perfect fit. Sadly, she has had a hard time getting along with her new feline housemate, so her temporary family is searching for a more permanent arrangement for her! This lovely lady would be a great addition to a family looking to add an affectionate cat to their home. She has tested negative for both FIV and Feline Leukemia and is up to date on all vaccinations. Vikki even enthusiastically uses her scratching pads and litter box! Vikki is looking for a home to call her own that is ready to give her all the love and attention she deserves.
Does Vikki sound like the perfect companion for you? If so, contact Ed or Ruth at 412.512.7495 or email to set up a time to meet.

Home to Home Adoption Program: Calli

Calli is a very friendly 7-year-old domestic short hair. Her family brought her home about a year ago, but is no longer able to give her the attention that she adores and deserves. Because of this, Calli's temporary family is searching for a more permanent arrangement for her!
Calli is microchipped and loves to be cuddled, petted and will even give little headbutts when she is craving some attention. She is a very sweet girl and can be vocal when she wants to be! Calli can live with dogs as long as they can respect her personal space. She takes some time to warm up to new people, but loves her humans once she gets to know them.
Does Calli sound like the perfect companion for you? If so, contact Kerri at to set up a time to meet her!

The Dangers of Declawing Cats

If you have a feline family member, you’ve probably experienced the many benefits that come from having a loving bond with your kitty companion. You’ve probably also seen (or felt!) the familiar prick of those pointy paws. But, before you declaw your cat, it’s important to know the downsides – and dangers – of declawing your beloved family cat.
Why Cats Have Claws Claws help cats grip and enjoy stretches that engage and tone their backs and shoulders. While humans walk on the soles of their feet, cats walk on their toes. Because of this, they need their claws to help them balance properly. Without claws, your cat is forced to alter the way they walk which can result in discomfort, pain and joint damage. Cats scratch to release happiness – which is why you may witness your kitty joyfully scratching their scratching post when you return home or after a play session with you or your other felines.
Why You Shouldn’t Declaw Declawing is a painful procedure that actually removes part of a..

The Silver Lining

Before making her way to Animal Friends, a very pregnant Janis narrowly made it out of a small shelter in Kentucky.
Because they were at capacity, they made temporary outdoor kennels for their resident dogs, including Janis. But just as quickly as the shelter had creatively made more space, a forthcoming winter storm was all it took to undo their hard work.

And then, it went from bad to worse. Janis had given birth … growing their problem 11-fold.
They needed help – and fast. The shelter reached out to a rescue group in our region that transports animals in crisis to partner organizations. That organization then contacted us to see if we could take in Janis and her puppies. We, of course, agreed.

And so, Janis with her 11 puppies in tow came to Animal Friends. They immediately went into a loving foster home. Janis was the perfect pet. Her foster family quickly decided that she would become a permanent member of theirs, once her puppies were ready to find homes.
But sometimes, things..

Happy Birthday to Us | Saving Lives for 75 Years

Today marks exactly 75 years since Animal Friends began serving the pets and people of the Pittsburgh region!
In 1943, a small group of citizens made it their mission to find homes for soldiers’ pets when they left to serve in the war.
Our founders took a name that clearly articulated their mission: to serve as friends to unwanted animals.
And three quarters of a century later, it’s truly been an incredible journey.

Starting in a rented out room in the bottom of the William Penn Hotel, our organization has grown into a bustling, 75-acre campus.
Although Animal Friends has accomplished feats in the last 75 years that were nothing short of incredible, we never realized that it would grow into such a visionary, progressive organization that is never satisfied with the status quo.

Before no-kill became a movement, our founders had a vision that no animal would ever be unnecessarily euthanized at Animal Friends. And, we remain committed to that premise to this day. We’re constantly strivi..

Misty: Animal Friends’ Home to Home Adoption Program

Misty is a 1-year-old Yellow Lab who is full of love and energy that she cannot wait to share with her new family. While she is very loved and well cared for by her current family, they are searching for a home where Misty can get all of the exercise and physical activities that are so important for young dogs. Whether it is taking a walk around the neighborhood, playing fetch or simply running around a fenced-in yard, this pup loves to stretch her legs and burn off some energy.
Misty is housebroken and crate trained – although she can get a bit anxious if she is crated for an extended period. Misty has also visited the vet regularly and is in great health. This sweet pup already knows a few basic commands and has attended puppy obedience class. She is always excited to meet people and loves to give kisses and play with new friends. She is such a gentle and loving dog who would make a perfect addition to any family willing to give her the attention and affection that she deserves.
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Beat the Heat

Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets
Summer is the perfect time of year to experience the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather, but the heat can take a serious toll on your four-legged companion. Animal Friends has a few tips to help you beat the heat and keep your pets safe, healthy and cool during the warm months ahead. Visit your veterinarian. A checkup for your pet is in order this time of year. In the warmer months, your companion is at a high risk of contracting parasites, fleas and ticks, which can cause much bigger problems down the road. Preventative treatments are much easier (and less expensive!) than an emergency visit to the vet. Practice parking lot and vehicle safety. When the weather starts heating up, protect those paws from the hot asphalt and pavement by walking on grassy areas whenever possible. Paw pads can burn easily, especially since pets do not usually wear shoes outdoors like we do! Your pet should never be left in a parked car. Even with the windows down, a ..

Bonded Pairs: The Importance of Bunny Relationships

The companionship of a rabbit can bring lots of fun and happiness into the home. From their sweet demeanor to their exceptional intelligence, rabbits can add a unique and playful presence to any family. But, what you may not realize about rabbits is their capacity for friendship and its importance in their lives. Bonded rabbits, or two rabbits who are emotionally connected, help each other navigate their world – physically and emotionally – making them the perfect adoptable duo! And, by adopting a bonded pair, not only are you maintaining the special connection between two bunnies, but you are saving two lives.

A Special Bond Since they are very social animals, rabbits who are bonded have a deep and lasting relationship. Many of these pairs do almost everything together. Whether it is eating, sleeping, grooming or simply exploring their surroundings, bonded pairs make everything a group activity. Physically, these bonded bunnies spend hours cuddling and sleeping together, ensuring th..

Double Trouble? Think Again!: Benefits of Adopting a Pair

Warm weather marks the beginning of kitten season at Animal Friends. This is the time of year that cats give birth, often beginning as early as March and lasting into October. At Animal Friends, we're feeling the effects of kitten season as we work tirelessly to accommodate the overwhelming needs of kittens who come through our doors. With so many homeless kittens waiting to find loving families, right now is the perfect time to adopt a sweet kitten … or two! At Animal Friends, we know it’s twice as nice to adopt two kittens at once.
Not to mention, when you adopt two animals from Animal Friends, you get twice the amount of love for one adoption donation!

There are many benefits to adding two kittens to your family at once.
They will always have a playmate to chase, wrestle and keep them active, well-exercised and healthy. Many cats are social and will love having a sibling to groom and cuddle with during nap time. Kittens learn from each other! If one is a little shy, socializ..

Sam: Animal Friends’ Home to Home Adoption Program

Sam is a handsome 7-year-old American Bulldog who is looking to share his sweet personality and affection with a new family. After a recent change in their living situation, Sam’s current family has made the difficult decision to begin searching for a new home that can give this sweet pup the attention and love that he deserves.
While Sam is a bit of a couch potato and enjoys a nice relaxing day, he also enjoys playing with humans and other canine companions. Simply put, Sam can give you the best of both worlds! And, this smart pup knows sit, stay, paw and come and is eager to learn more.
When it comes to manners, Sam is quite the gentleman, although he will occasionally bark when meeting new friends. And, with a little time to warm up (and a few treats!) Sam melts the heart of everyone he meets. Whether it is a neighbor, friend or family member, this pooch is sure to make a positive impression wherever he goes.
If you are seeking a cuddly, fun loving, four-legged family member, Sam co..

Maya: Animal Friends’ Home to Home Adoption Program

Maya is an 11-year-old Golden Retriever with a very kind heart. Although she is a senior girl, she is still in great health and has a lot of energy to share. She would happily go for a couple walks each day and then sit and enjoy some cuddles with her people. Maya has done very well sharing a home with cats and small children for years – even sharing her bed with a feline sibling from time to time!
Maya tends to get nervous during thunderstorms, but as long as she has a trusted human companion nearby, she does much better. And, as is common with her breed, it's important to keep her ears clean. Although she isn't much for runs anymore, Maya enjoys playing fetch or splashing around in the water. Her current family is hoping to find her a home where she will get all the love and attention she deserves.
Update: Maya has found a new family to call her own!

Thor: Animal Friends’ Home to Home Adoption Program

Thor is a 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who was adopted about a year ago. He is a lovable and cuddly boy who sometimes does not realize how big he really is! Thor loves to lay on laps and is always ready to snuggle. He is neutered, up to date on all vaccines, microchipped and is also house trained. Thor loves to go for walks with his people and absolutlely adores playtime!
His current family has three young children. Although he does well with them, they feel he would be a better fit for a family with dog-savvy children who are 10 years or older. Thor would do best as the only pet in his new home to make sure he receives all the attention he deserves. He wants all your love to himself!
Does Thor sound like the missing piece to your home? Contact Kelly at to learn how you can meet him.

Jewel: Animal Friends’ Home to Home Adoption Program

Jewel is a sweet girl who is in search of her perfect family. Her current family made the difficult decision to begin looking for a new home for this her after a recent change to their living situation . Just shy of 2 years old, this gorgeous Siberian Husky loves life and is full of energy.
Jewel’s favorite things in life are long walks, playing with other dogs and squeaky tennis balls. She would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard where people are home often – she loves company! This pup also enjoys riding in the car and is housebroken. Jewel may also enjoy a canine companion as a new sibling. If you are looking for a new and energetic best friend, Jewel just might be the girl for you.
If you would like to meet Jewel, contact Ben at or 412.527.1510.

Fluffy: Animal Friends Home to Home Adoption Program

Fluffy is an 11-year-old sweetheart who is ready to cuddle up and find a family to shower her with the love she deserves. Her current family had been caring for her as a stray when they noticed Fluffy beginning to limp. So, they brought her into their home and got her the veterinary care she so desperately needed.
Now, Fluffy is ready to relax and enjoy her golden years in a home that can give her love, attention and her three favorite things: her blanket, catnip and soft food.
Although she is deaf, Fluffy lives her life to the fullest and melts the hearts of everyone she meets. She can be a bit shy at first, but with a little patience and head scratches, she is sure to be a loyal companion. If you are in need of a calm and relaxing friend, Fluffy could be the cat for you!
Does Fluffy sound like the missing piece to your home? Contact Melissa at