Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Finally, a kind person took him to the hospital, where the vets got rid of all his fleas, then neutered him, vaccinated him, and tested him for FeLuk and FIV. Once he was deemed completely healthy, Fuzzy went home to live with his rescuer.
She found him to be a wonderful, charming and social cat. He likes to follow her everywhere, cuddle with her, and sleep with her at night. She and Fuzzy hit it off immediately, but there was one problem. Her other cats.
Fuzzy, who probably had some scary experiences with other strays before he was rescued, does not like living with other cats. Right now, he is kept in a single room where he can safely live without the company of other felines.
His rescuer loves him dearly, but is seeking a permanent home with no other cats for Fuzzy to live. If you can help, please call 724.266.4649.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
If you want a good old all-American mutt, go to an animal shelter. That’s the word on the street, and it’s certainly true. Shelters are overflowing with mixed-breed animals who will give a lifetime of love. What’s less well known, and equally true, is that shelters are also great places to meet purebreds.
Potential adopters who grew up with, fell in love with, or have their hearts set on a specific breed may automatically head for the breeder or the pet store. While some may be reputable and offer adorable animals, producing any animal for sale adds to overpopulation when so many homeless animals wait in shelters.
At Animal Friends, our numbers may surprise you. In 2010, 395 purebred animals were available for adoption. Some of these animals were surrendered to us when their owners were no longer able to care for them; sometimes, purebreds are picked up as strays or confiscated from situations of cruelty or neglect. They are all ages, from youngsters to seniors, and all need homes.
During 2010, 386 purebred dogs passed through the shelter, along with nine cats, eight Siamese and one Himalayan. Beagles and Labs topped the list, but Animal Friends also housed 31 Chihuahuas (both long and short-haired), 21 Bichon Frises, 16 Dachshunds, 13 Yorkshire Terriers and nine Shih Tzus. Big dog, too! Last year, Animal Friends was home to 28 German Shepherds, 12 Siberian Huskies, five Saint Bernards, three Rottweilers and a couple Mastiffs and Newfoundlands.
Purebred animals are typically placed quickly, so potential adopters need to act fast when an animal hits the adoption floor. There are several ways Animal Friends can help with the search. Visit the dog, cat and rabbit pages of www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org to follow a link to register your breed interest, from Affenpinscher to Yorkshire Terrier and everything in between. An e-mail will be automatically generated when a dog of that breed becomes available.
Check our website regularly, too, as the animal pages are updated every hour. Finally, visitors are always welcome to meet our adoptable animals, who come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Often, a visit to the shelter to meet a specific dog results in an instant connection with another one altogether – one that just happens to result in pure love.
We earned $786 from round 1 of this challenge (thanks you YOU!) so we still need 214 new “likes” to reach our goal of $1,000.
Monday, August 29, 2011
This sweet Beagle ended up homeless when both of his owners passed away. We know that he has received a lot of love in his short life because he is confident, sweet and very cuddly.
We recently took Bobsy to appear on a live TV spot. This is the sort of thing that makes a lot of dogs very nervous, but not Bobsy. First, he hopped right into a crate in the car, and calmly watched the word go by on his way into town. Once he arrived at the TV station, he walked around and happily greeted everyone there. After he made friends, he settled into our staff person’s lap for a nap. He was rested and refreshed when it was time to go on the air, where he settled onto the stage and waited for his big debut.
Bobsy is housebroken and likes people and other dogs. He limps a little on his back leg, which means he’d rather cuddle than roughhouse or run around. This friendly boy is eager-to-please and ready to love someone, and doesn’t deserve to spend another day in a kennel.
Watch Bobsy’s TV appearance! (You may have to sit through a commercial, first.)
She She is a beautiful, loving, spayed, black mixed breed that we adopted from the Rescue League about 7 years ago She was about 1 year old then, so we’re guessing she is about 8 years old now. And I also found that her name means “thank you” in Chinese (it is pronounced “shay shay” in Chinese). She came with the name when we adopted her and we never changed it.
She just had her annual exam and vaccinations at VCA Duncan Manor Animal Hospital in Allison Park. The vet said she is very healthy and is in excellent shape for a dog her age. She weighs about 59 lbs. and is medium-to-large sized. She loves going to the vet – go figure! And, they love her. She never gives them a hard time for any of the exams. She also loves going to the groomers, where they also love her. She is just a very good-natured, trusting dog.
She is very well-mannered and has never had an accident in the house. She is very affectionate and loves being around people and is easily trained. She is good with cats and other small pets – just tell her to “be nice” and she will hold herself in check. I have a cat who was introduced to the dog when it was just a kitten. Five years later, this cat just torments the poor dog all of the time and the dog never turns on him. However, she can be aggressive with other dogs. I walk her with a Gentle Leader and control her well with that should we encounter other dogs on our walks.
When I had a house with a yard, I used to tether her outside and she loved just lying in the sun in the summer. Her black head even turned a bit bronze. And she loves the winters even more. Whenever there was snow on the ground, she would put her nose down into it and just burrow around like that. She loved chasing and catching snow balls that I would throw. You could see her laughing after she would catch one in her mouth and it would explode.
This is a dog that you can see smile when she is happy. I am moving and cannot take her with me and am looking for a good home to adopt her. I will miss her very much.
Please contact me, Debra, at 412.760.6454 if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful dog!
Hi! My name is Piper. My dear friend Laurie, who gave me such a beautiful name, suddenly passed away almost two months ago leaving myself and several of my feline friends looking for new homes.
I would say that I am an outgoing, personable kitty who loves to be with people and as you can see from my picture, I certainly am not camera shy! I have this habit of rubbing against people's legs looking for affection and attention. My favorite pastime is working in the garden with a human companion. Laurie would fiddle around in the backyard and I would just hang out with her enjoying the sunshine! I am also cool with living the good life indoors too. I have no issues using my litter box and since I've been around other cats my whole life, I would adjust to a household with other felines easily. So I guess you can say all in all I'm an easy going kitty.
At age 9, I'm not young but I'm not over the hill either and at times I like to play like a kitten. We really miss Laurie but good friends of hers have stepped in to care of us. Unfortunately, time is running out for us at Laurie's apartment so myself and my other feline friends need to find new digs soon.
I was recently at the vet's office where I received a clean bill of health and a microchip. All I need now is someone to open their home and heart to me.
My schedule is flexible so if you want to meet me please contact Casey Brown at 412.303.1974 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Lois Liberman at 412.421.5659 or email@example.com.
Thank you for checking out my picture (I'm much prettier in person!) and I look forward to meeting you soon. Peace, purrs and rubs, Piper.
Friday, August 26, 2011
But recently, I knew that it was Time. After spending a few lonely months in my driveway, undriven, tires sagging, wheel wells home only to spiders, my car needed to find a new home. But where? Yes, I could push-pull-tow it to a dealer coming away unsatisfied with maybe $100, feeling that I’d somehow betrayed my little friend.
Through volunteering at Animal Friends I learned of their car donation program, carried out in a partnership with Goodwill. This was perfect! Goodwill would auction off my car at one of their twice-monthly auctions in Westmoreland County, with the majority of proceeds given to Animal Friends. To donate the car, all I needed to do was complete a form and send it to the Development Coordinator at Animal Friends. Goodwill would then call me to arrange a free tow and title transfer. After finding out how easy it was to donate, I eagerly filled out the paperwork and in less than two weeks I had a pick-up date for my car.
Today was the pick-up day. As my car rumbled away on the Goodwill flatbed, I cried a little. I’ll admit it. But I was comforted in knowing that the auction proceeds would be making a difference, helping Animal Friends give deserving animals a second chance and advancing the organization’s mission of ensuring the well being of companion animals. And who knows, maybe it could even mean a second chance for my first car.
To learn more about Animal Friends’ car donation program, contact Kayleigh A. King, Development Coordinator, Donor Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Rabbits are gaining popularity as pets, coming in only fourth to cats, dogs and birds. With this newfound popularity, rabbits have become a newly welcomed addition to families all over the United States. Rabbits, like any other species of animal, can be misunderstood, and that can lead to bunnies being abandoned--or worse. This can be avoided just by knowing some very basic but essential facts about rabbit care, habitat, diet and health.
First and most importantly, be sure everyone in your home is prepared for the new arrival, even Fido or Mittens. Pet ownership and rabbits in particular require a lot of responsibility and even financial commitment. For instance, a rabbit needs a large cage or pen to live and play in. They also need hay, pellets, water, fresh greens, toys, bedding and a place for potty breaks. Also remember to factor in the costs of medical care throughout the rabbit’s life, grooming, and other expenses.
If you are ready to start looking for your new long-eared friend, you may consider adopting from a shelter like Animal Friends. Adopting from a shelter is such a rewarding experience for you because you helped save a rabbit who needed a second chance, and are freeing a space so the shelter will be able to save more bunnies.
The next thing you need to know is how to make your new bunny feel right at home. Having a comfortable cage equipped with hay (as much as the bunny's body size is usually recommended) for eating and sleeping in, water, and maybe a cardboard or wooden toy to make your rabbit feel snug.
Playtime for your furry friend is very important for its physical and emotional health. Playtime regiments are suggested as 3 – 4 hours daily. Most bunnies have no problem romping by themselves, but some playtime with you can make your bunny feel more loved and when your bunny feels loved, he will love you back!
In conclusion, owning a rabbit can be a lot of work but with proper care and knowledge your bunny is on the track to being happy and healthy. Your bunny can be a best friend, companion and a constant source of love.
Monday, August 22, 2011
He gets along with other dogs, but is protective of his toys and bones. He gets along with cats too. He is not sure how to react to children when they are very loud. He's not sure if he is getting yelled at or if they are just playing with him. Due to this, he does need to get used to children a bit more, but should not be a problem.
He gets very excited to meet new people, usually resulting in a jump and a kiss! He has not had any accidents in the house since he was neutered.
If you can help, please contact Jill at 412.716.9075 or email@example.com!
Rex is always kind to other animals, children, and adults. Unfortunately, Rex suffers from separation anxiety and is also extremely afraid of storms. Rex needs a good home where someone will be around to play with him and pay special attention to him. Rex will return the attention he receives with much love and loyalty. He truly is a very loving dog!
We both work full time and often have to travel for our careers, so we are unable to provide Rex with the care and love he deserves. Additionally, we are expecting a baby in the fall and will have even less time to devote to our needy yet lovable friend.
Rex recently started taking medicine to help him with his anxiety, and it seems to be slowly helping the poor boy out. With continued support and love, we feel that Rex will offer years of love and companionship to a lucky family. We are hoping to find Rex a loving family that will love him as much as we do.
If you can help, contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Comprehensive case studies by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) concluded that adopters love and value their pets regardless of the “cost” of the animal, and that priceless adoption programs can dramatically impact the lives of thousands of shelter pets who would otherwise live in shelters for months or be euthanized.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
In 1943, a small group of Pittsburgh citizens came together in to find homes for the pets left behind by soldiers serving in the war. After the war, still faced with the need for ongoing compassionate control of the pet overpopulation and placement problem, the group opened a shelter and incorporated. Their name clearly articulated their mission: Animal Friends.
Today, Animal Friends provides daily shelter and care to over 250 adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits. Each of our rescued or abandoned charges is waiting to offer a lifetime of loyalty and love. We know that for every pet in our care, there is someone who needs them…just as much as they do!
As a thank you to our military heroes, Animal Friends offers priceless adoptions for war veterans. Simply show your military ID when you adopt a pet aged 2 or older, and your requested adoption donation will be waived.
All adoptions are thoroughly screened and evaluated in order to ensure appropriate, loving, and lifelong matches. Then, our veterans can bask not only in the selfless companionship of their new companion; they can also know that they offered a lifeline to another homeless pet.
To learn more or view adoptable pets, visit www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.
- Kittens 20 weeks or under: $50.00
- Cats over 20 weeks: $25.00
- Dogs 3 years and older: $25.00
- Rabbits 4 years and older: $25.00
- Puppies 20 weeks or under: $100.00 (no discount)
- Dogs 20 weeks to 3 years: $75.00 (no discount)
- Rabbits under 4 years: $60 (no discount)
They came to Animal Friends as shattered souls—used and discarded. They left as dearly-loved friends and beloved members of new families. They are the O Pits, and this is their story.
In September, 2008, Animal Friends’ Humane Officers were called to a horrific scene. Multiple Pit Bulls were caged in crates in a dark basement or tied outside with thick chains. Many showed signs of physical injury, some needing emergency surgery. All showed signs of emotional distress.
Each dog was assigned to a team of staff and volunteers. These teams introduced the pups to a world they had never experienced before. They learned the pleasures of walking on a leash, strolling through the grass and playing in the snow. They realized that the touch of a human hand could be a good thing, and were introduced to the pleasures of belly rubs. Slowly but surely, their worlds opened up and they began to blossom.
It was now time to find them homes. Each dog had a specific set of needs. O’Bannon was nearly deaf due to long-untreated ear infections and subsequent surgeries. O’Fallon had been injured and was covered with scars. O’Mara needed to learn how to appropriately greet people. O’Hara, O’Smiley and O’Ney wanted to be only dogs in their new homes. O’Malley, the youngest of the rescued dogs, needed to learn how to trust. O’Doogie needed someone to appreciate his boyish good looks and boundless energy and O’Neal needed a family to help her continue to heal from her injuries.
In time, the right families for each of these pups came along. Each left Animal Friends and hopped into their new families’ cars to the sound of applause.
All of the O Pits will remain forever in the hearts of those who have helped them make this transition… as will the wonderful families who have given them a chance at the lives they deserve. Thank goodness Animal Friends was there for the O Pits!
If you would like to meet O’Hara, call 412.847.7002!
Monday, August 15, 2011
- Even seemingly street-savvy cats are frequently hit by cars.
- Roaming cats can get lost, picked up by Animal Control, or euthanized.
- Some people abuse cats.
- Your cat could become ill from a neighbor’s lawn chemicals or eat poison that a neighbor has put outside for pests.
- Even friendly outdoor cats are sometimes forced to defend themselves against other, aggressive cats. Cat fights can be deadly serious, and unvaccinated or sick cats can transmit diseases, especially via bite wounds. These diseases range from upper respiratory infections to feline immuno-deficiency virus to the fatal feline leukemia.
- Other animals pose a fatal threat to wandering housecats, such as hawks, foxes, raccoons and even some dogs. Along with possible exposure to rabies, a cat who has been attacked can end up with painful wounds or abscesses, resulting in an expensive trip to the vet—if your cat is lucky enough to survive the attack.
- Your cat also might wander into a neighbor’s shed or garage and become trapped inside when the neighbor closes the door.
- In winter, your cat could suffer from frostbite.
- In addition, parasites such as fleas, ticks and ear mites can leave your cat feeling itchy and miserable. Aside from bringing fleas into your home, your wandering cat could get worms and pass them on to you.
- If your outdoor cat hasn’t been spayed or neutered, she or he will most certainly be the parent of unwanted litters!
- Keeping your cat inside is also courteous. Your neighbors probably don’t appreciate your cat using their yard or garden as a litter box, and may worry that their dog might chase your cat.
Some people argue that it’s natural for cats to roam outdoors. But when you think of all the dangers that your beloved kitty may encounter outside, is it really worth that risk? Indoor cats who have been spayed or neutered live happy lives: sunning themselves on a warm windowsill, climbing cat towers instead of backyard trees and playing with you or other kitties inside your home.
And with patience, indoor/outdoor cats can be transitioned to live happily indoors—while doubling their life expectancy!
Animal Friends requires our cat adopters to sign an agreement stating that they will never allow their new kitty to roam freely outdoors. Your cat is a loving part of your family, and we want you to share a long, happy life together—safely and indoors!
This article is dedicated to Mattie, a young kitty who died outside as I was working with her to eventually bring her indoors. I hope nobody else suffers that kind of heartache and loss. L.A.S.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
At many shelters, older dogs would not have the opportunity to be put up for adoption. But at Animal Friends, our current count of dogs age 10 and over is an even dozen.
These twelve seniors, like most dogs their age, would love nothing more than to lie in the sunshine, soaking up the love of a special human. A quiet home, a warm lap and a well-paced walk could turn around the loneliness of homelessness for these deserving canines.
In recognition of their need to find a loving home, five of these dogs have had their adoptions sponsored, with the adoption fee paid by a kind soul hoping to encourage someone to give them a new start.
Fifteen year-old Dachshund mix York, currently residing in a foster home, is the oldest of the bunch.
Four 13-year olds also wait: Rugby, a black and white Lab-Collie mix, also in a foster home; Shamus, a poofball of a Pomeranian-Eskimo mix; Clint, a striking English Coonhound mix, and Penny Wink, a black and white Lab mix.
At 11 or 12 are Poppy, a black and white Pit Bull mix; Freeway, a tousled terrier; and Jojo, a Jack Russell mix. The youngsters of the group include 10-year olds Bailey, a Beagle-Shepherd mix; Dweezil, a Chow Chow; black Lab mix Trooper ; black and white Lab mix Tippy; and Queenie, a Boxer mix.
While any homeless animal deserves a kind and loving home, these dogs occupy a special place in our hearts at Animal Friends, as they are often passed over in favor of their younger kennel mates. All it will take is a special person who values the calm, loving nature of an older pet.
If you’re unable to provide a home for one of these experienced companions, please share this with your friends, and ask them to share it with their friends. It may take some time and effort, but we won’t give up until these faithful furry companions find their forever homes.
For photos and more information on these senior pets, visit our web site, http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/, or call 412.847.7002.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Guest Blogger: Jessica DiVito, Senior Development Coordinator
She calls herself Calamity Jane. We call her kind and generous.
It doesn’t take long to realize what Sheri Levine-Everett’s true passion is: animals. This career woman devotes a great deal of energy to running and managing her business—and in addition to her hectic schedule, she cares for her brood of rescued Maltese dogs, many of which have come to her medically compromised. Somehow, she manages to do it all.
To know Sheri is to understand passion. Her love for animals was born when she was a small child and she and her two sisters lived with their family’s pets. Sheri’s fervent interest in animal care, especially for dogs, took off. From animal behavior to veterinary science, Sheri has followed her heart in order to serve the animals that need her the most.
Sheri is a longtime rescuer of Malteses. Sheri provides for all of their medical needs, rehabilitation and care. Sheri doesn’t take just any animal through. Sheri takes on the tough cases. She has rescued those who need thousands of dollars in medical care and even those who didn’t seem likely to survive. Sheri commits time, energy and funds to care for these dogs, sometimes travelling hundreds of miles to seek the most advanced veterinary expertise.
Sheri first visited Animal Friends at our former Strip District facility in 2005 and learned that Animal Friends was out of space. Appreciating and understanding the community’s need for our humane programs, Sheri made an investment in Animal Friends’ growth. She has been a staunch supporter and contributor ever since, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Animal Friends couldn’t exist without the donors who support our work on behalf of the animals. And, without Sheri and her sparkling personality, we wouldn’t have nearly as much fun!
Sheri, we appreciate your dedication and your support. Our animals thank you!
Do you enjoy working with both animals and humans? Are you looking for a gratifying part-time gig? If so, Animal Friends is looking for you! We’re recruiting dedicated people to join our staff as Adoption and Admission Counselors.
Both our homeless residents and visitors seeking pets depend on Adoption and Admission Counselors, who admit homeless pets to the shelter, and serve as matchmakers with potential adopters to help them find new best friends.
The ideal staffer will be ready to serve as the public face of Animal Friends. You’ll have great customer service skills, an ability to work with cats, dogs, and rabbits, and the patience and enthusiasm to place our animals in permanent, loving homes.
If you’re a student, this position is a great opportunity for marketing, public relations or psychology majors to gain some real-world experience and develop your skills. More experienced job-seekers can work part-time in a busy, lively atmosphere that offers the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of animals. And semi-retired folks can find a way to become involved in the important work that takes place every day at Animal Friends.
Think about it – if this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Or if an animal-loving friend is looking to work part-time, pass it along. Click here to learn more about the position and other job opportunities. Then, to apply, send your resume and cover letter to Liz Huber at ehuber@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.