At Animal Friends, our goal is to serve as a resource for all things pet-related.
The organizations listed in this database are not accredited, inspected or endorsed by Animal Friends; they are provided to you simply as an informational resource.
Animal Welfare Resources
ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Humane Society of the United States - The HSUS is dedicated to creating a world where our relationships with animals are guided by compassion.
Animals Voice - The online network for animals.
Animal Welfare Information Center - Providing information for improved animal care and use in research, teaching and testing.
Adopt-a-Pet.com Search adoptable pets all over the country
Hello Bully- Hello Bully is an advocacy and education group dedicated to repairing the reputation of the American Pit Bull Terrier and other bully breeds.
Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club - Owned by rabbits, this group of dedicated individuals promote not only humane care of rabbits, but encourage a standard of excellence in their care. This group of dedicated individuals meets monthly for tips from other house rabbit companions, as well as changing topics from featured speakers.
Rabbit Wranglers - Providing support to the rabbit community through outreach and education. Helping people with the care of their rabbits through grooming, boarding, medical respite and bonding.
Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club - Ever think of getting a rat for a pet? You've come to the right place! This group of compassionate people are dedicated to giving rats their deserved rights. These intelligent creatures make wonderful pets, and this group can help with every step of the way.
Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center - Animal shelter located in Pittsburgh's East End on Hamilton Avenue.
Western Pennsylvania Humane Society - Animal shelter located on Pittsburgh's North Side on Western Avenue.
Other Animal Shelters
Humane Society of Greene County
Orphans of the Storm
Beaver County Humane Society
Butler County Humane Society
Grove City Pet Rescue
Club Pet Adoption
Animal Full Life Rescue
Action for Animals
Pet-Friendly Hotels and Rental Housing in Pittsburgh
According to the HSUS, approximately 6.5 million more pets could be placed into homes if all rental housing units permitted pets. If an impending move is forcing you to relinquish your pet, consider these pet-friendly rentals first. (Please check with the individual landlords to ensure that all info is up-to-date.)
Rent.com - Pet Friendly Housing Finder
Zumper.com - Pet Friendly Housing Finder
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Pittsburgh- Links and resources
La Quinta Inns & Suites - Pet friendly hotel in the North Hills
PeopleWithPets.com- Type Pittsburgh in the search box for small list of pet-friendly rentals
ApartmentList.com- Nationwide apartment listings: Search for apartments in or around each city by pet-friendliness, price range, proximity, amenities, and more.
Thorn Run Apartments - Pet-Friendly Living in the Airport Area. Call 412-264-8878 7 days a week.
Berkley Manor Apartments- Pet-Friendly Living in Cranberry Township
Belmont Ridge - Pet-Friendly Living in Monroeville
Deauville Park Apartments and Townhomes - Pet-Friendly living in Monroeville
Crane Village Apartments - Pet-Friendly living close to downtown
The Cork Factory- Pet-Friendly Lofts in the Strip District and downtown
Holiday Park Apartments and Townhomes - Pet-Friendly Living in Plum
Mozart Management - Cats and small dogs welcome in buildings throughout the city
Taylor Ridge Apartments - Pet-friendly luxury apartments in the North Hills of Pittsburgh: 412.635.2471
Pittsburgh-apartments.net - Search for pet friendly apartments
Zillow Pittsburgh, PA - Pet-friendly apartment search tool
HotPads Pittsburgh, PA - Pet-friendly apartment search tool
Resources for Pet Owners in Crisis (support for vet bills, other)
This information is primarily for individuals with companion animals in a permanent home. This list of organizations may be able to help you in times when the determining factor in saving your pet’s life is the ability to pay an unexpected or costly vet bill.
Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society -The Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society is a registered charity in Alberta, Canada that is devoted to making cancer treatment for pets a reality. The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (in loving memory of a very special dog), was developed by ACTSS to insure that all pets, can receive cancer therapies, regardless of their owner's income.
Caritas PetCare - Cartias PetCare is a free, full-service kennel for dogs and cats when the pet's owner is experiencing a short-term crisis: in-patient psychiatric hospitalization, a medical emergency, displacement due to a natural disaster, escape from a domestic violence situation or other such emergency.
Canine Cancer Awareness - a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting canine cancer. They help sponsor the veterinary costs of dogs diagnosed with cancer for those families in financial need who would not otherwise be able to afford treatment.
Cody's Club - When facing radiation for your companion animal, this group may be able to make a tough decision easier. Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.
IMOM (an acronym for "In Memory of Magic) - The mission of this group is to help people help pets with life threatening emergencies only. This is an all volunteer 501(c)3 charity.
The Magic Bullet Fund- helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs.
The Pet Fund - a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
United Animal Nations LifeLine - Red Rover - The LifeLine program provides grants for companion animals during life-threatening emergencies when rescuers or caregivers cannot afford the entire cost of treatment. Thanks to generous donations from UAN members and other caring individuals, LifeLine has aided more than 1,500 animals with no-strings attached grants for emergency veterinary care.
Reviews.com Pet Insurance Reviews - Having pet insurance could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars if you pet falls ill. Easily compare and contrast different Pet Insurance companies with Reviews.com.
Muffin's Halo - Muffin's Halo is an organization that makes "halos" for blind dogs. These halos are a protective apparatus that the dog wears around their heads. These halos give dogs the confidence to experience the world around them and has made a difference in the lives of two of Animal Friends' blind residents.
Veterinary Partners has a comprehensive list of organizations that can help you and your pet.
Spay and Neuter Information
Homeless Cat Management Team - Non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinics for stray and feral cats (unowned, roaming cats only) in nine counties in Southwestern PA.
SPAY USA - National referral services for spaying or neutering your pet.
Friends of Animals - National assistance services for low-cost spays or neuters.
City and County Regulations
City of Pittsburgh Dog & Cat Regulations - If you are a City of Pittsburgh resident, be sure you are in compliance with all applicable laws.
Allegheny County Dog Licensing - For residents of Allegheny County.
If you live in Washington County, click here for licensing information.
If you live in Butler County, click here for a list of dog license agents.
If you live in Armstrong County, click here for licensing information.
If you live in Beaver County, click here for licensing information.
If you live in Greene County, click here for licensing information.
If you live in Westmoreland County, click here for licensing information.
If you live in Fayette County, click here for licensing information.
Citing Official Concerns About a Veterinarian
Periodically, Animal Friends is contacted by people who are upset with a veterinarian and would like a particular complaint to be investigated. Please note that Humane Officers do not have the authority to investigate veterinary malpractice complaints, and such issues should be taken to the state department.
The state has a procedure in place for filing complaints against veterinarians. The
complaint form can be found here. If you want to mail or phone in your concerns, the contact information is:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of State
Professional Compliance Office
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Toll free Hotline: 1-800-822-2113 (Pa. only)
717-783-4849 (outside Pa.)
Companion Animal Services
The Assistance Dog United Campaign
Operated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute, this nonprofit helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Phone: 800 284-DOGS (3647)
Fetch Pet Care - Fetch! Pet Care of North Pittsburgh is locally owned and operated. We maintain a staff of pet-sitting professionals in your local neighborhood to provide loving care for your pet's customized needs.
Cat in a Tree - A directory of emergency Rescue agencies for cats stuck in trees
Pittsburgh Dogs - All Things Dog for the four-footed Pittsburgher!
Dog Friendly - Travel and sightsee with your pooch! Find dog-friendly lodging, attractions, parks, beaches and outdoor restaurants that allow dogs of all sizes.
The Pet Salon - Greentree-based full grooming services including bathing, brushing, brush outs, flea baths and treatments, nail trims, ear cleaning, pedicures and more
Karen's Dog Walking - Long-time, reliable, Airport area resident, dog love and owner of 2 yellow labs offers days or evenings rain or shine! Dog walking, sitting, transport to vet or groomer. Contact Karen Bluming, 317 Smallwood Drive, Moon Township, PA 15108, 412. 264.0669
Kim Freithaler, Mural and Portrait Artist for Pets and People View her fantastic artwork, which decorates the free-roaming cat rooms at Animal Friends! 412.445.9367
Catsburg and Houndtown Petsitting - Dog walking, clean-up, over-night stays. Reasonable rates, references, 30 years animal experience, free initial Meet and Greet. Please call Nancy Hanson at 412-766-2039.