It’s hard to believe that yet another year of lifesaving work is behind us. From celebrating a milestone birthday to experiencing immense growth in our Outreach programming to the sheer number of animals who were placed into loving homes, it certainly was an incredible year.
We kicked off 2018 by celebrating our 75th year of lifesaving work in the Pittsburgh region. We reminisced about our humble beginnings and reveled in the hundreds of thousands of lives Animal Friends has touched – and improved – since 1943. Much has changed since our flagship year, but our commitment to the pets and people of our region has not.
No longer are we operating out of a rented room in the bottom of the William Penn Hotel. But rather, we’ve grown into a bustling campus. We wrapped up our first full year of operating in our Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center. Our team supported local pet owners with access to affordable vaccines, wellness care and a record-setting 12,000 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.
Our work also continued in the at-risk and underserved communities of Pittsburgh. Through Animal Friends for Life we’re not only understanding more about the needs of struggling pet owners, but how we can better assist the pet-owning homeless population, as well. In addition, our Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank added even more pantries and established new partnerships with other regional hunger-based organizations.
More resources were added to our Behavior Department to begin to address the growing demand for behavioral support for shelter animals. Of course, our Admissions, Adoption, Medical Wellness, Animal Care and Foster Care teams provided outstanding individualized, daily care for each and every one of our animals while they waited for loving homes. A total of 2,504 of these animals are now valued members of a family. And, we can’t forget that for yet another year more than 100,000 lives were touched and impacted by the educational and life supporting programs offered through our Outreach and Therapeutic Services activities.
This year was a great reminder of how far we’ve come … and of how much more we have to do. I’m incredibly proud of the success that Animal Friends has achieved throughout the past 75 years. I know with your support, we can do so much more in the next 75.
And, for that, I cannot thank you enough.
David J. Swisher
President & Chief Executive Officer
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