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Vision Statement

To ensure the well-being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation, abuse and unwarranted euthanasia.


Mission Statement

Animal Friends, a premier companion animal resource community, is committed to promoting the animal-human bond and nurturing relationships with companion animals which are guided by compassion.

It is our mission to:

  • Reduce the number of unwanted animals through aggressive spay/neuter programs.
  • Provide for the well-being of companion animals in need, while adhering to our no-kill tradition and find each a lifelong, loving home.
  • Offer affordable wellness services and resources to pets and owners in need, targeting underserved communities, to support whole-life care.
  • Promote the animal-human bond through outreach, education and therapeutic programming.
  • And, act as an advocate on behalf of animals in crisis and as an enforcer of their rights and protection through education, investigation and legislative efforts.

We are deeply committed to these goals while ensuring the financial security and stability of the organization for future generations.


Culture Statement

We choose to work at Animal Friends because of its mission to serve as a compassionate advocate for animals and instill in our community that all living beings have a right to be treated with respect.

And while we spend our time focused on this mission, we also choose to create a compassionate, humane and healthy workplace for ourselves and each other. Toward that end, we endeavor to:

  • Support a united Animal Friends

  • Practice collaboration and cooperation.
  • Embrace diversity and open-mindedness.
  • Practice open, direct and prompt communication.
  • Deal with conflict proactively and responsibly.
  • Promote trust.
  • Demonstrate respect.
  • Support a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Acknowledge the emotional aspects of our work.
  • Show appreciation and gratitude.


Our History

In 1943, at the height of World War II, a small group of Pittsburgh citizens came together to find homes for soldiers’ pets who had nowhere else to go when they left for war. They took a name that clearly articulated their mission to serve as friends to unwanted animals – becoming Animal Friends.

When the war concluded, our region was still faced with the need for an ongoing and compassionate solution to the growing pet overpopulation and placement problem. This founding group opened a shelter and the organization continued to grow and evolve to meet the increased demand for our services – staying true to our founders’ vision that no animal should ever be unnecessarily euthanized.


Our Present and Future

Today, more than three quarters of a century since it all began, we are continually setting the bar for humane programming in our region.

In 2006, we were able to better serve our community’s pet-owning families by opening the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center – a 30,000 square-foot companion animal resource center complete with creative kenneling for homeless pets, classroom, resource library, more than a mile of wooded walking trails and more.

And, on July 15, 2017 we cut the ribbon on our Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center. This center of hope and healing is a region-wide commitment to put an end to the cost and suffering of pet overpopulation. Now fully operational, it offers an expanded array of low-cost supportive services including spay/neuter, vaccine and basic treatments like flea prevention. It has also allowed our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank to expand and has provided more organization and storage for our Humane Investigations program.

We are so proud that we have stayed true to the vision our founders had in 1943. And, we remain committed to our animal friends and those who love them. But we simply cannot wait to see what the next 75 years (and beyond!) have in store.


About Us

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | S/S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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