Home for your Pet

10 Pittsburgh animal shelters and rescues caring for regional pets

It’s kitten period! 

As city streets fill up with stray cats this summertime, we thought it was the correct time to share some of the very best animal shelters and rescues in our location — feline-focused and usually — for you to uncover a new furry family members member.

As with any large lifestyle choice, recognizing where to start out when seeking for a new pet can be overwhelming. From organizations that rescue and rehabilitate deserted animals to teams fully commited to increasing awareness about responsible pet ownership, these shelters and rescues are at the forefront of building a brighter potential for animals. 

Not seeking for a new pet correct now, but want to enable out? Numerous of these businesses need to have volunteers, donations and other aid from the neighborhood. 

Did you know you can hire out the enjoy garden at Animal Friends for some pet playtime? Picture courtesy of Animal Friends.

Animal Mates, whose slogan is “thinking outside the house the cage,” has been about since the 1940s. With a target on “companion animal welfare,” Animal Good friends also gives minimal-value pet medical care from vaccine appointments and spay/neutering strategies to wellness checks. Its concentrate on pet retention — holding animals with their unique proprietors when probable — features a pet foods lender and money assistance for pet proprietors in require. Be positive to review the adoption guidelines just before making use of for any of the dogs, cats or rabbits accessible. By now have an energetic buddy at property? Animal Buddies rents out its perform lawn for puppy playtime. 

Animal Advocates 

35 Wabash St., Elliott (Office only no animals on the premises)

Animal Advocates is a largely foster-primarily based, all-volunteer organization that has been caring for Pittsburgh dogs and cats considering the fact that 1984. The nonprofit’s Senior to Senior foster system gives a way for folks ages 65 and more mature to forge a bond with an animal with out some of the boundaries to possessing a pet these types of as price. Animal Advocates will include the expenses for foodstuff, treats, litter, veterinary treatment and other requirements when the animal stays with a senior. 

Two pitbulls stare back at the camera
Photograph courtesy of Biggies Bullies.

Biggies Bullies 

600 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown (Workplace only no animals on the premises)

Received a gentle location for bully breeds? Biggies is the location for you. The foster-based rescue aims to rehome “Pitbull-kind dogs” in the Pittsburgh place with like and compassion. Launched by Alli Stetz in 2011, the business focuses on “positive drive-free, science-dependent teaching, and the value of spaying and neutering.” In addition to fostering, Biggies gives pet hospice care and reasonably priced, substantial-top quality pet foods as a result of Hungry Hippo’s Pet Food Pantry. Biggies Bullies is web hosting its upcoming fundraising celebration, Significant Recommendations for Lovable Pits!, on Aug. 21 at Abjuration Brewing in McKees Rocks.

Longtime animal lover Nicola Hill-Solomon launched Heart of Glass as a way to flip caring for animals into a lifestyle. The foster-based mostly rescue normally takes in “all animals regardless of their physical, psychological or behavioral issues. The pet dogs and cats cared for by Coronary heart of Glass are all versions of breed, age and skill. The rescue collects donations on the internet and through fundraising events — the subsequent just one is Heading to Bat for the Animals, when $5 from every ticket acquired for the Pirates match on Aug. 26 rewards Heart of Glass. Intrigued donors can also sponsor a particular animal and get picture and video clip updates on the cat or dog. 

Bowtie the cat is out there for adoption at Humane Animal Rescue. Photo courtesy of Humane Animal Rescue.

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

East Aspect Campus, 6926 Hamilton Ave., Homewood
North Aspect Campus, 1101 Western Ave., North Aspect
Wildlife Rehabilitation Heart, 6000 Verona Street, Verona

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is the most significant and it’s possible the most well-identified of all Pittsburgh animal shelters. It supplies thorough providers which includes adoption, actions and instruction classes, and health care treatment at two reduced-value, superior-high quality veterinary clinical centers. Foster a pet in need of a home or adopt any of the cats, puppies or rabbits dwelling in the shelter.

Surely more of a cat person? You will love Kitty Queen Cat Rescue. Hang out with opportunity new close friends in the Cat Lounge in advance of you undertake, or if you just will need some quality feline encounter time. The motto of the no-get rid of shelter is “no cat left behind” — the volunteer workers there normally takes care of any homeless, unwanted or unique desires cats in western Allegheny County. If you (like me) can’t perhaps acquire in additional cats but want to help cats in require, Kitty Queen’s Amazon would like listing is entire of things the shelter requirements.

Foster-centered rescue Paws Throughout Pittsburgh prides alone on its diligent screening method for possible pet adopters, says founder Jackie Armour. The volunteers and foster dad and mom get to know just about every and each animal so that they can suggest a new household that most effective fits each individual pet’s requirements, temperament and lifestyle. The LOVS (Existence of Veterinarian Guidance) application for senior and exclusive requirements animals is a unique aspect of Paws Throughout Pittsburgh. “If a dog has an ongoing problem, we would address the price of that ailment and regardless of what medicines are needed to maintain that dog balanced for the life time of the dog,” states Armour, even just after the doggy moves to its everlasting home. The organization’s fifth yearly Strut with Your Mutt fundraiser is Sept. 16 in Gibsonia.

Picture courtesy of Rescue and Unwind.

Rescue and Relax is a 3-section cat rescue: “part cat lounge, element rescue shelter, part source hub for cat enthusiasts.” They have plenty of adoptable cats (of course), and the staff is critical about building positive every single cat goes to a loving household. The multi-action adoption method consists of an software, checking veterinary and personalized references, and a kitty fulfill-and-greet. The lounge operates on a pay-what-you-can method — there is no payment to devote time with the cats there, only a recommended donation. Really do not overlook the rescue’s numerous activities, together with a Dungeons & Dragons campaign and cat yoga. 

Picture courtesy of Sara’s Pets and Crops.

Cats and canines are not the only sorts of animals we enjoy. The tiny Sharpsburg pet supply retail outlet and rescue caters to animals with feathers, tails and scales. Sara’s rescue cares for smaller mammals (ferrets, hamsters, rats, and so forth.), birds and reptiles — there is even a tarantula available for adoption. Inside of the retail outlet, they provide provides for those sorts of animals moreover treats and toys for canine and cats. The initially Thursday of each individual thirty day period is Animal Trivia Evening at nearby Hitchhiker Brewing in Sharpsburg, and the $10 entry payment goes to Sara’s Animals and Vegetation.

A woman holds her new puppy from South Hills Pet Rescue
Photo courtesy of South Hills Pet Rescue.

Nick Ferraro and Ashley Rittle started off South Hills Pet Rescue in 2013 following using in 62 canine at what was then the South Hills Pet Resort, filling all the kennels and then some. Several of the canine experienced been on euthanasia lists at other shelters for behavioral difficulties, but Ferraro and Rittle rehabilitated, cared for and rehomed all of the canine. These days, South Hills Pet Rescue has a wide variety of canine available for adoption.