Therapeutic Services


Pet Loss Support Group

The loss of a pet can be heartbreaking and the grief may seem overwhelming. Know that you are not alone. Through our Pet Loss Support Group, you can gain a better understanding of how you are feeling and find comfort in the camaraderie of others who understand. For more information, please contact Amy Martello at 412.847.7026 or Registration is required.

Wednesdays, October 18, November 15, December 20

7 p.m.

Group Leader:
Marsha Koschik, Veterinary Technician


Candlelight Remembrance Services

Companion animals enrich our lives in so many ways, and their loss is deeply felt. Join others for a candlelight remembrance and celebration ceremony to hear words of comfort and pay tribute to those wonderful animals who will be sorely missed. All are invited to bring pictures and remain afterwards for discussion. Children are welcome when accompanied by a parent/guardian. These ceremonies are facilitated by community religious leaders, but are nondenominational. For more information, please contact Amy Martello at 412.847.7026 or Registration is required.

Thursdays, October 12, November 9, December 14

7 p.m.


Blessing of the Animals

Join us as we celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, birds and the environment. Bring your four-footed angel and join us at the gazebo as we honor all of our pets with a special blessing. For everyone’s safety, dogs must be on a leash (no retractable leashes, please). Cats, rabbits and exotics must be in carriers. Saint Francis of Assisi medals, raffles and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Admission is free.

Date: Sunday, October 1

Time:  3:00 - 4:00 pm


Animal Afternoons

Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with some of our lovable therapy pets at Animal Friends! For a suggested donation of $5 per person, your small group can enjoy the companionship and one-on-one interaction with an Animal Friends Therapet within the quiet comfort of our Classroom. Your visit also includes a snack and tour of the shelter. Perfect for seniors, students with disabilities, and other small groups. Reservations for this event can be made by calling 412.847.7026.

Maximum number of attendees: 10 (or 6 in wheelchairs), plus appropriate caregivers. The Classroom is wheelchair and scooter accessible.

By advance reservation.

Suggested donation of $5 per person.

Call 412.847.7026 to schedule your visit. 


Therapeutic Services

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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