’43 Friends

We’re searching for Pittsburgh’s most compassionate people – and the pets they love – to join our 2021 class of ’43 Friends! 

’43 Friends began as a way to honor Animal Friends’ founding in 1943. We want you to become a part of this dedicated group by making a commitment to raise critical funds to support Animal Friends’ lifesaving mission. You can join as an individual, or gather your friends and family to fundraise together as a team of two or a group. All participants will receive an official ’43 Friends bandana for your four-legged friends and recognition at our wrap up celebration in October!!

Support our 2021 Class

Fundraising Goals:

Individual: $500
Become a member 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 Development@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

Save the Dates:

  • June 17-Oct. 3 | Fundraising period
  • June 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual Happy Hour Kick-Off Party
    • Grab your four-legged friend and meet the rest of the 2021 Class of ’43 Friends.
  • Oct. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Wrap-Up Celebration
    • Join us at Animal Friends as we celebrate the success of the 2021 Class of ’43 Friends with drinks and appetizers. And, the best part is you get to meet our adoptable residents!


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.


Join our 2021 Class of ’43 Friends

You can join as an individual or recruit another animal lover to join our 2021 class of ’43 Friends!