Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in Animal Friends. Below, you will find information regarding the availability of kennel space at our Resource Center, the procedure for admitting an animal, general guidelines for admittance and alternatives to placing an animal with us.


Kennel Availability

Animal Friends has a no-kill tradition, which means we do not euthanize animals to make space for others. Adoptable animals remain in our care until they find a loving home, which may be a matter of days, or much longer. Therefore, space is limited and becomes available as animals are adopted. Large dog
space (over 40 lbs.) becomes available with less frequency than small dog/puppy space because it typically takes longer for them to be adopted.

Available cat/rabbit kennels are always at a premium. Animals who are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated may be admitted more quickly. Because they already have many of the requirements for adoption, they can potentially be adopted more quickly and therefore provide more available space. Because of these factors, we are very seldom able to admit animals on a walk-in basis or with short notice and we cannot provide a timeframe for possible admission of an animal into our facility.

We understand if it is important to you to place your animal into a facility that does not euthanize for space. However, if you are unable to wait for available space, please know that there are other options. We review some of these options later in more detail.

Admission Procedure

Please submit an application regarding your animal/animals using the appropriate link below. We ask you many questions to determine if the animal is appropriate for a kennel setting and for adoption. Once this form is completed, our admission counselors will date and review it. Completing the application does not automatically guarantee the animal will be admitted to Animal Friends.

If your animal is appropriate for admission, you will be contacted to schedule a date and time for admission. After the admission is scheduled, behavioral staff will assess the animal’s behavior. If the animal demonstrates appropriate behavior, we will be able to admit it to our facility. If the animal is not appropriate for admission to Animal Friends, we will contact you with that information so you may pursue other options. We do make every effort to admit animals as quickly as possible. We encourage placement in our Home to Home program in addition to the admission application.

We request a donation of $25 for admission of an animal to the shelter, at the time of admission. For mothers and their babies, we request $25 for each mother and $5 for each baby.


Admission Guidelines

Animals are not required to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated or tested for contagious disease, but as noted above, those that are can often be admitted more quickly.


We do not accept cats that test positive for feline leukemia, a contagious and fatal disease. All cats will be tested upon admission while you wait. If the cat is positive, we will not be able to admit it, and you will be informed of your options. We do not admit feral (wild) cats that cannot be handled or that need to be trapped. They are not adoptable, and do poorly in kennels.


Only friendly domestic rabbits will be considered for admittance.


All dogs are behaviorally assessed prior to admission. If there is concern of or evidence with aggression issues either toward people or other animals, the dog may not be admitted.


We request that people who find stray animals call their local animal control for placement or pick-up. The reason for this? Owners who are attempting to find their pets will be referred there by their local police, municipalities and shelters. They will also be referred to their local shelter that may take the municipality strays. Seldom do lost pet owners think that their pet will be at our facility. Many dogs are not returned home if the system does not function
appropriately from the finder’s end. We do work with various animal control facilities to admit adoptable animals if the owners are not found. We also encourage people to attempt to find the owner in the area from where they retrieved the animal prior to admitting it into a shelter. This can be done through posters, door-to-door inquiry, or an ad in the local paper, Craigslist, or Call the local animal control, police, and shelters to report a found animal.


Animals over a certain age that may vary by breed often do poorly in shelter settings. These animals can decline quickly in health and behavior going to a kennel environment from a home situation. They are usually the last to be considered for adoption, making their shelter stay longer and continuing the decline. We ask that people seriously consider the negative effects that placing them in a kenneled environment can have prior to their decision. A counselor will be happy to discuss these issues and other options with you.


Other Placement Options

Before surrendering a pet to Animal Friends, we encourage you to explore some of the other options to surrendering a pet.




Contact Us

Animal Friends' Admissions team
412.847.7078 |


Online Admissions Applications

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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