Animal Friends’ Matching Pets with War Veterans

Animal Friends’ rich history dates back to World War II.

In 1943, a small group of Pittsburgh citizens came together in to find homes for the pets left behind by soldiers serving in the war. After the war, still faced with the need for ongoing compassionate control of the pet overpopulation and placement problem, the group opened a shelter and incorporated. Their name clearly articulated their mission: Animal Friends.

Today, Animal Friends provides daily shelter and care to over 250 adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits. Each of our rescued or abandoned charges is waiting to offer a lifetime of loyalty and love. We know that for every pet in our care, there is someone who needs them…just as much as they do!

As a thank you to our military heroes, Animal Friends offers priceless adoptions for war veterans. Simply show your military ID when you adopt a pet aged 2 or older, and your requested adoption donation will be waived.

All adoptions are thoroughly screened and evaluated in order to ensure appropriate, loving, and lifelong matches. Then, our veterans can bask not only in the selfless companionship of their new companion; they can also know that they offered a lifeline to another homeless pet.

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