Remembering Animal Friends’ Cat Whisperer, Lillian Abernethy

January 13, 2022

By Maddie Aicher, Volunteer Coordinator If you have surrendered, adopted, fostered or volunteered with a cat or kitten at Animal Friends in the past 15 years, chances are Lillian Abernethy touched your life in some way. On any given day …

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Yana’s “Special” Felines Fund

January 11, 2022

By Cody Hoellerman, Chief Community Engagement Officer Growing up, Carol Meal’s parents wouldn’t allow her to have a cat. But, that didn’t stop young Carol from venturing to the farm next door to adopt a kitten from her neighbor. It …

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Returning Home

January 6, 2022

By Liz Moser, Community Resource Coordinator At Animal Friends, we know that pets are family – they help us through difficult times and provide us with unconditional love. Because we believe so deeply in this, we will go to great …

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Laila

January 6, 2022

By Dr. Donald Consla, Lead Wellness Veterinarian This October, Nancy brought her sweet 8-year-old dog, Laila, to our Animal Wellness Center because she was urinating frequently, even during the night. Nancy was very familiar with Animal Friends, as she had …

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The Best Cure for Grief is Action: Introducing Rosie’s Rule

December 17, 2021

It always hurts when we lose one of our own. But, losing a little dog named Rosie was particularly hard. She was one of those dogs with one of those stories who just weaves their way into your heart. She …

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Flea Season is Here!

December 16, 2021

By Dr. Donald Consla, Lead Wellness Veterinarian While fleas like to feast on our pets all year long, the late fall season is when they tend to be at their worst. As the temperatures drop, fleas like to find warmer …

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Get Your Dog on the “Nice List”

December 6, 2021

By Veronica Rigatti, VSA-CDT, Canine Behavior Specialist With the holiday season in full swing, you may want to brush up your dog’s manners to secure their place on the “nice list” this year. After all, dogs aren’t born with household …

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Paws Need Claws

November 22, 2021

By Carol Whaley, Director of Humane Programming Tuesday, Sept. 28 was a big day in Pittsburgh as the City Council unanimously voted to ban the surgery used to declaw cats for non-therapeutic reasons. Two days later, Mayor William Peduto’s office …

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Touching Hearts with Wagging Tails

November 11, 2021

By Erica Cebzanov, Animal Friends Volunteer For 24 years, Matt and Clara Jacob have participated in Animal Friends’ Therapets program, introducing shelter dogs and cats to assisted-living residents. The Jacobs prioritized these sessions over the years and never cancelled a …

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Introducing: Animal Friends for Veterans

November 11, 2021

Founded in 1943 as an avenue of support for soldiers leaving for World War II who had no place to safely leave their beloved companion animals, Animal Friends has a longstanding commitment to the brave individuals serving in our Armed …

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On the Move

November 10, 2021

Moving or Traveling with your Cat By Suzanne Denk, Dip.FBST Cats may not be as enthusiastic as dogs about going for a car ride, but there are steps you can take to help your cat when traveling or moving to …

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Home-to-Home Adoption Program: Leia

November 8, 2021

Leia is a 3-year-old Black Mouth Cur who has been with us since she was 9 weeks. Her breed is known for being a working breed and she does best when given a job or task. This also means she …

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May and Mellow

November 5, 2021

By Krista Koontz, Humane Investigations Coordinator Earlier this year, our Humane Investigations team received a call with information about two dogs left in a vehicle on a condemned property. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the dogs’ owner, our Humane …

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Home-to-Home Adoption Program: Pharrell

November 4, 2021

Pharrell is a sweet 4-year-old boy who spent the first three years of his life living outside. There is nothing he wants more than a warm home and a loving family who will give him all of the love and …

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The Advantages of Ultrasound in Veterinary Medicine

November 4, 2021

By Dr. Donald Consla, Lead Wellness Veterinarian We are very excited to announce that our new ultrasound machine recently arrived at the Animal Wellness Center! Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging tool that allows us to directly visualize organs within the …

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All You Need is Love … and a Dog

November 2, 2021

By Veronica Rigatti, VSA-CDT, Canine Behavior Specialist As wedding season comes to a close this year, you may have noticed a growing trend – including your dog in the big day! Many pet parents want their four-legged friends to be …

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Patience Pays Off

October 28, 2021

By Alyse Kaminski, Adoption Counselor Kiley’s time at Animal Friends was longer than most of our animal residents, but it was through no fault of her own. She and a group of dogs were rescued by our Humane Investigations team …

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Special Diet Management: You Have Options

October 28, 2021

By Liz Moser, Community Resource Coordinator If you’ve ever cared for a pet with a chronic medical condition, you know how costly and even frustrating it can be. Check-ups, prescriptions, expensive specialty diets and more can cause a lot of …

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A “Hand Up” for Pets in Need

October 21, 2021

By Kathleen Beaver, President & CEO We all have to make choices.  It’s just part of life. We make choices every day when it comes to how we spend our hard-earned dollars.  Can we adjust that thermostat and save a …

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Fostering Good Behavior

October 14, 2021

How Foster Homes Help our Rabbit Residents By Natalie Shearer,  Animal Friends Volunteer Rabbits have complex emotions and behaviors just like dogs and cats. But in the wild, rabbits are prey animals and when they are brought into a shelter …

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