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Animal Friends' Vision Statement

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

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Our 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.

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 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 in an effort to find homes for soldiers’ pets when they left to serve 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. They took a name that clearly articulated their mission: to serve as friends to unwanted animals.

Over time, Animal Friends evolved to meet increased demand for our services. All the while, our reverence for the animal-human bond remained at the core of Animal Friends’ mission.

In 2001, Animal Friends set out to change the way an animal shelter can serve our community. Our organization embarked on a capital campaign to build a 30,000 square-foot companion animal resource center complete with creative kenneling for homeless pets, spay/neuter clinic, classroom, resource library, over a mile of wooded walking trails and more. Thanks to community support, our vision became a reality, and on March 18, 2006, we opened the doors to the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center at Animal Friends.

Our Present and Future

To many, the successful transition of Animal Friends’ programs and services into a full-service community resource center was a dream realized. But, there is still much work to be done, and Animal Friends is proud to lead the way.

Today, Animal Friends is uniquely prepared to serve as a leader in compassionate, pet-focused programming. From creative kenneling for the comfort of our animals to innovative community outreach and education programs, Animal Friends is proud to embrace the community with open arms and creative, pet-centered solutions for a kinder future for our region.

At Animal Friends, we know that shelter and adoption programs, while important, are a reactive solution to pet overpopulation and will never solve the overpopulation crisis. That's why Animal Friends has developed a comprehensive, community-wide spay/neuter initiative. By providing low or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to low-income pet owners, feral cat colony caretakers, pit bull owners, and shelters without spay/neuter programs, Animal Friends’ goal is to spay or neuter 30,000 pets over three years. These are pets that would not otherwise have access to spay or neuter surgeries. Through these efforts, our goal is not just to relieve pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia in southwestern Pennsylvania—but to end it.

Animal Friends is truly thinking outside the cage.


About Us

Animal Friends

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

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