’43 Friends

We’re searching for Pittsburgh’s most compassionate people – and the pets they love – to join our 2021 class of ’43 Friends! Nominate yourself or another animal lover (and their four-legged friend, of course!) to raise funds as a member of this year’s class of honorees.

’43 Friends began as a way to honor Animal Friends’ founding in 1943. This dedicated group with a commitment to giving back will engage their community this summer while raising critical funds to support Animal Friends’ lifesaving mission.

Nominations are open!

And, we want your four-legged friend to be at the forefront of your fundraising efforts! Every animal has a story to tell … share yours with friends, family and neighbors to show why Animal Friends’ mission is so close to your heart.


Our Honorary Chairs

Tori Mistick (Lucy and Burt)

Tori Mistick is an influencer, educator, podcaster and founder of the award-winning dog mom lifestyle brand Wear Wag Repeat. Her mission is to help women live their best life with dogs – as pet parents and petpreneurs! Her dog mom advice has been featured in BuzzFeed, Good Morning America and The Wall Street Journal. Tori is mom to two chocolate labs, Lucy and Burt (who she adopted as a special needs senior dog). Their favorite Pittsburgh activities include discovering new hikes and attending concerts at Hartwood Acres.

Fundraising Goals:

Individual: $500
Become an individual honoree of ’43 Friends and reach your individual fundraising goal!

Team of Two: $1,000
Perfect for couples or friends who share a commitment to Animal Friends!

Group: $1,500
Your family, group of friends or office co-workers can team up to make an even greater impact!

Questions? Contact Lindsey Swanson at LSwanson@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

Nominate an Honoree

You can nominate yourself or another animal lover to be honored as a member of our 2021 class of ’43 Friends! Our honorees will be revealed in June, and will begin working toward their fundraising goals in support of Animal Friends’ lifesaving mission.