Keep Your Pets Flea and Tick Free!

April 13, 2012

Brownie Boy says, “Say no to fleas and ticks!” Guest bloggers The Staff at Petagogy Spring is finally here, which means baseball, tulips, sunny weather and, unfortunately, the return of fleas and ticks! Thanks to the unseasonably mild winter, the …

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One Adoption Counselor’s journey to Animal Friends

April 13, 2012

By Jill Harlan, Adoption Counselor One cold evening in December, my husband and I were shopping for equipment for his aquarium at PetSmart. Well, rather, he was shopping for the equipment. I stood there with the patience of a toddler, …

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Notes from our Humane Officer: Amazing Animals

April 6, 2012

This is number one in an occasional series.   By: Kathy Hecker, Humane Officer I think that the staff here at Animal Friends are truly amazing people.  Dedicated, kind, hardworking, attentive and happy to be doing what they are doing for …

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Animal Friends’ Annual Easter Bake Sale…One Day Only!

April 4, 2012

For many, this time of year is particularly “sweet”.  Chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, Reese’s Easter Eggs, Cadbury Eggs, Peeps, cakes and cookies…well, you get the idea.  Basically any kind of delicious baked good or candy is popular around Easter time.  …

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear…Chow Wagon?

April 2, 2012

That’s right!  Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon is celebrating its 5th birthday on April 16th.  It seems like yesterday that the Chow Wagon made its first stop at Loaves & Fishes in Allison Park with a donation of 70 pounds of …

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When the Planets Align: An Adoption Story

April 2, 2012

Guest Blogger: Terry Kuehner  Sometimes, the stars and planets line up in just the right pattern. That’s what happened in 1996 when I was adopted by an incredible dog. It was 1am and I had just come home from work. …

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Grooming and other “paw”istively great ideas for spring!

March 28, 2012

 Does the thought of spring put a “spring” in your step?  Perhaps sunny days and blooming flowers are something to look forward to but what about opening the windows, dusting the shelves and cleaning out those closets?  Fido surely needs …

Posted in dog, Dogwash, donation, event, grooming

Animal Friends’ Pet-Assisted Therapy Program Serves Nursing Home Residents

March 28, 2012

By Katie Kurylo, Communications Assistant     Think of a time when you or a loved one were hospitalized or living in an assisted living center. Certain images and feelings come to mind like pain and illness, long hours, sleepless nights and …

Posted in by katie kurylo, dog, pet-assisted therapy, wellness

Animal Friends’ 7th Annual Telethon a Barking Success!

March 27, 2012

By Maria Briski, Animal Friends’ Communications Team The morning of Saturday, March 24 may have been raining cats, dogs and bunnies, but that didn’t stop us from kicking off our 7th annual Telethon! Despite the showers, the Caryl Gates Gluck …

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Animal Friends’ Pets are Getting Ready to Be Stars!

March 24, 2012

Robert Downey, homeless resident at Animal Friends By Jeff Geissler, Communications Assistant You may have noticed that many of our shelter residents are named after celebrities. We think all the star treatment has gone to their heads a little, but …

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Working at Animal Friends: My Dream Come True

March 21, 2012

By Beth Mauder, Adoption Counselor for Animal Friends This morning a gentleman visiting the shelter asked me jokingly, “So, you get paid to do this?”  His question made me think about all the experiences I have had over my almost …

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In loving memory…Buddy

March 19, 2012

       We adopted Buddy in 2000 from Animal Friends soon after buying our home.  My husband and I were already a three cat family, but wanted a dog as well once we had the yard and home for him to …

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Get Ready to Bid in Animal Friends’ Online Auction!

March 19, 2012

Animal Friends is hosting an Online Auction in conjunction with its Telethon, which airs from noon until 4 pm on Saturday, March 24th on WTAE-TV.   An eclectic mix of items will be available on Facebookand eBay, with all proceeds benefitting …

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My Dog Inspired Me to Change the World…at Animal Friends!

March 19, 2012

Allie with one of her favorite toys By Katie Kurylo, Communications Assistant for Animal Friends Every little kid dreams about adopting a dog.  My younger brother, Sam, and I were no different. However, many years passed without a pet, as …

Posted in adoption, by katie kurylo, dog, greyhound, rescue, staff

Being the Paparazzi at Animal Friends

March 16, 2012

By Jeff Geissler, Communications Assistant  Ozzy Osborne, Lauren Bacall, Loretta Swit, and being “The Paparazzi.” What do they have to do with Animal Friends’ blog today? This might be a stretch, but stick with me. I changed my career path …

Posted in By Jeff Geissler, cats, photography

Ant needs a home!

March 14, 2012

Little black Ant had a very rough start in life. Animal Friends’ humane officers rescued Ant with 47 other cats from a house in Garfield.  Many of the cats, Ant included, were diagnosed with FIV, an immuno suppressant disease that affects only …

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Ainsley needs a home!

February 28, 2012

Guest blogger — Ainsley the cat Hey – I’m Ainsley! If you are looking for a fun, handsome and masculine cat, look no further. I am very athletic. I enjoy sprinting, vertical leaping, gymnastics, soccer, and most activities involving a …

Posted in adoption, cats

Happy Leap Day! $29 Rabbit Adoptions!

February 22, 2012

Happy Leap Day!Come to Animal Friends on Leap Day (Wednesday, February 29), when we celebrate Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month with $29 adoption specials for all of our little leapers! Adopt a rabbit or a bonded pair of rabbits for a $29 …

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Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Photo Contest

February 21, 2012

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month, we’re holding a Rabbit Photo Contest on our Facebook wall! Here’s the details: 1. Post a photo of your pet rabbit on Animal Friends’ Facebook wall (click here!). (Domesticated house rabbits only!) …

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Animal Friends Hosts First-Ever Speed Dating Event for People and Their Pets

February 16, 2012

By Jeff Geissler, Animal Friends’ Communications Assistant Nervous butterflies overcame my belly when I turned left to cross the bridge leading to Animal Friends. I was a little early for the seven o’clock event: Must Love Dogs, a speed-dating event …

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