The animals at Animal Friends find their way through our doors from a variety of backgrounds and in all shapes, sizes, breeds, ages and medical conditions. We never know which animal in need will be knocking at our door next, but it's our goal to admit and place as many homeless pets as possible while staying true to our no-kill tradition.

In keeping with this tradition, Animal Friends does not euthanize animals in order to open up space in our kennels. Because of this, all animals are admitted on a scheduled basis. We receive nearly 300 requests each week from pet owners who wish to relinquish their pets to us.

If you find that you need to surrender a pet, we ask that you complete an online admissions application or download an admissions form below and send it to our Admissions team. 


Other Placement Options

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


What Happens Next

After you submit your appliction, our Admissions team reviews the application and schedules an appointment. During the appointment, we briefly evaluate the animal’s temperament and assess the animal’s reaction to people and to general handling. If we determine that the animal can be safely and appropriately temporarily housed at Animal Friends, we admit the animal.

Once admitted, animals are either housed in our holding kennels or in a foster home. Animal Friends can comfortably house 250 animals on-site at any given time, but we also heavily rely on foster families who open up their homes to animals in need while waiting for their adopters. 

All of the animals in our care are vaccinated, examined, spayed or neutered and are behaviorally evaluated to determine the type of home environment that would best suit them. Then, it’s off to the adoption floor to work with our Adoption Counselors to find a new family. Regardless of background, medical condition, shape, size, breed or age, there’s no place like home! 


Contact Us

Animal Friends' Admissions team
412.847.7078 |


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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