Thank you for considering a Day of Service at Animal Friends! Our Day of Service includes a supervised animal interaction, a tour of the facility and a service project. Projects depend on the time of year and events or activities we have planned. Your group may help by making toys for our residents, cleaning the facility, assembling direct mail campaigns, landscaping or preparing for an upcoming event.


Our Day or Service Packages:

Our volunteers who work directly with our animals go through specialized training to do so. Because of this, our Day of Service opportunities do not include direct animal handling.

 

 

Helping Hands Package

It is our vision to ensure the well-being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation, abuse and unwarranted euthanasia.

We have five aspects to our mission statement as stated throughout each of our packages. This option is for those who would like to participate in all aspects of our lifesaving mission and jump in where assistance is needed most. 

Activities may include:

  • Assisting our Clinic Services Department with our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter program.
  • Working with our Maintenance Department to ensure our facility and grounds look the best they can!
  • Work with our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank to sort donations.
  • Work with our enrichment program to help better the mental well-being of our shelter residents.
  • Work alongside our Humane Investigations team to help clean and maintain their equipment.

There are no group size limitations for this option.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.


 

Lifesavers Package

It is our mission to reduce the number of unwanted animals through aggressive spay/neuter programs.

In this day of service, you’ll learn all about why aggressive spay/neuter programming is at the forefront of our mission. In addition to touring our facility during your day, you may have a chance to explore our Mobile Resource Center (it’s a surgical suite on wheels!) or get a behind-the-scenes tour of our Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center.

Volunteer activities for this may include:

  • Preparing materials for clinic days.
  • Preparing surgical supplies.
  • Making feral cat trap covers.
  • Making feral cat houses (in season).

You can enhance your experience by organizing a donation drive before you arrive for your day of service.

This option is designed for a max. of 10 people. If you have a larger group, consider one of our other packages.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.


 

Providers Package

It is our mission to provide for the well-being of companion animals in need, while adhering to our no-kill tradition and find each a lifelong, loving home.

Many departments work collaboratively to prepare each animal for adoption – and this day of service will show you the coordination that it takes! While on a tour of the facility, see first-hand how animals become Animal Friends’ residents – and what it takes to find them loving homes.

Volunteer activities for this may include:

  • Landscaping.
  • Walking trail maintenance.
  • Facility cleaning.
  • Petsburgh Press folding.
  • Admissions and Adoption packet preparations.
  • Animal Care support (no direct animal handling involved).

Enhance your experience by donating trail or landscaping materials.

There are no group size limitations for this option.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.


 

Those in Need Package

It is our mission to offer affordable wellness services and resources to pets and owners in need, targeting underserved communities, to support whole-life care.

Our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank and Animal Friends for Life programs take a hands-on approach to tackling pet overpopulation and challenges that pet owners face in underserved communities. We are proud to offer them basic wellness care, pet food and sometimes just a shoulder to lean on. And, this Day of Service option will provide critical support to these programs.

Volunteer activities for this may include:

  • Sorting and cataloging donations.
  • Preparing materials for upcoming outreach event.
  • Canvassing the community with fliers.

This option is designed for a max. of 15 people. If you have a larger group, consider one of our other packages.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.



Animal-Human Bond Package

It is our mission to promote the animal-human bond through outreach, education and therapeutic programming.

Animal Friends has been nationally recognized for our enrichment programs! Our Enrichment team provides fun and creative activities that get our homeless residents to play, explore and, ultimately, relax.

It’s not just lives of the animals we affect, but the lives of the people as well. Our extensive Outreach programs continue to grow and evolve year after year.

Learn about these special programs the ways making a difference in our community.

Volunteer activities for this may include:

  • Making enrichment toys for our dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Set-up and break-down support.
  • Preparing for special events that strengthen the animal-human bond.

This option is designed for a group of any size.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.


 

Making a Commitment Package

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

Animal Friends is only able to continue to support the pets and people of our region through the generosity of our donors. Without it, we simply would not be able to continue our lifesaving and life-changing work.

Activities for this might include:

  • Preparation for events.
  • Set-up and/or breakdown.
  • Direct mail assembly.
  • Sarris sales.

Enhance your experience by sponsoring an event.

There are no group size limitations for this option.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.


 

Protector Package

It is our mission to act as an advocate on behalf of animals in crisis and as an enforcer of their rights and protection.

Our Humane Investigations Department serves as a valuable resource for citizens to report animal abuse and neglect. Investigative and law enforcement support is provided to all of Allegheny County to ensure all animals are given the protection they are due by law. Our officers try to use education, supplies and service referrals to help animals in need before conditions deteriorate to a level requiring legal intervention.

Learn about lifesaving department during this Day of Service.

Activities for this might include:

  • Crate and equipment cleaning.
  • Van cleaning.

This option is designed for a max. of 10 people. If you have a larger group, consider one of our other packages.

Click here to get started on scheduling your day of service.

 

 

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. 


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Day of Service

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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