We appreciate students who want to help the animals. And, we enjoy meeting kids of all ages who love animals as much as we do! At Animal Friends, there are many ways you can get involved by helping the animals.

Humane Helpers

We gladly welcome monetary donations from children’s groups! And for every $100 raised your group can have the opportunity to name one of our shelter residents.

Kids and Teens

Kids and teens who want to help the animals can make an impact! Below are some ways you can get involved at Animal Friends and support the dogs, cats and rabbits in our care.

  • Distribute issues of the Petsburgh Magazine in your community. Please ask for permission before leaving them with your local veterinarian, groomer, library or other business. Our magazine is published four times each year, and you can pick up a bundle in our lobby.
  • Organize a school or community supply drive. Click here for information about hosting a supply drive. Please note that we do not accept homemade treats.
  • Make blankets for our dogs. Click here to learn how!
  • Make toys for our cats. Click here to learn how!
  • Enrich our rabbits’ lives. Click here to learn how!
  • Fundraise for our animals. You can name an animal for every $100 raised via our Humane Helpers program.

Donation Drop-offs

At Animal Friends, we love meeting students who complete community service or fundraising projects for the animals in our care. We encourage students to hold supply drives in honor of special occasions, Girl Scout Bronze Awards or just because they love animals!

Please note that Animal Friends no longer accepts homemade dog treats. Instead, please consider donating a box of Milk Bone dog biscuits for our canine residents to enjoy.

Donation Drop-off Appointments for Groups

Appointments can be made to drop off supply drive items or monetary gifts for groups of 12 children or fewer. Donation drop-offs last about 20-30 minutes and include a certificate, photo opportunity and a tour* of our Resource Center.

Those who are having their photo taken should bring a complete photo consent form.

*Interactions with our shelter residents are not included in donation drop-off tours.

To schedule a donation drop off, please reach out to HumaneEd@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Donation Drop-off Appointments for Individuals

Appointments can be made to drop off supply drive items or monetary gifts for students who are not part of a group. Donation drop-offs last about 20-30 minutes and include a certificate, photo opportunity and a tour* of our Resource Center.

Those who are having their photo taken should bring a complete photo consent form.

*Interactions with our shelter residents are not included in donation drop-off tours.

To schedule an individual monetary donation drop off, please reach out to Development@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

To schedule a donation drop off, please reach out to HumaneEd@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Unscheduled Drop-offs

Student groups or scout troops drop can drop off donations and receive a certificate from the Welcome Center Associate.

Donations can be delivered during our regular operating hours:
Tuesday-Friday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Volunteering

Interested in earning community service hours for school or college, or getting a behind the scenes look at the world of animal welfare? Teens between the ages of 13-18 are welcome to become volunteers at Animal Friends! We offer independent volunteer opportunities as well as opportunities to volunteer alongside a parent or guardian.

Want to learn more? Parents and teens can click here for information about becoming a volunteer at Animal Friends.