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Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)


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We are an open admission (also known as open door) shelter, which means that we never turn an animal away, we never tell a person who comes to us distraught with an animal they can't keep because their home is being foreclosed, or an animal that is aggressive, that we're full, or we can't take it or that they have to drive to another place to repeat their story and go through the trauma of surrender yet again. We never "don't have space" we never "don't have time or resources". Somehow, some way we always "figure it out".

We DO euthanize animals. We do NOT euthanize animals on a time limit. There is no such thing as "Buffy has 48 hours to get out or the shelter will put her to death". When we are forced to euthanize animals EACH animal is given the respect of having a committee of people (one from each department in the shelter) who make a unanimous decision on what to do next. The decision MUST be unanimous and MUST include a plan for the animal with the goal of making each day better than the last.

We DO have an extensive network of volunteers (at last count we had 516 volunteers to help with hands on care of cats, dogs and small companion animals as well as behind the scenes other help.)

We DO have an extensive network of fosters, including a program that we call "Finder Foster" which involves having someone who finds an animal that if we know at the point of intake is too ill to be able to make it on the adoption floor, we'll intake it into our system, provide the finder with medication and schedule a return intake date for a recheck so the animal has a fair chance of getting adopted *as opposed to* being simply discarded at the initial intake. We've been able to save hundreds more animals each year since we started asking people to do this. Not everyone obliges but many people step up simply because we ask them to.

We DO have a low cost clinic that not only serves the shelter population but also the community at large. The clinic ONLY sees clients that have pets who are spayed or neutered (or are having the initial appointment for the spay/neuter surgery) and for many of the people in our low income neighborhood, if we weren't there, their pets would receive NO medical care at all. We DO offer behavioral support at almost no cost and offer basic obedience classes at a reasonable price as well.

We DO offer both low cost spay/neuter AND TNR

We DO participate in offsite educational and fundraising events. We were the 2012 Community Engagement WINNER for the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K challenge.

In 2012 we increased our adoption numbers from 2011 by over 500 animals by engaging volunteers in adoption events at places from Pet Expo to Wedding Clickers. Essentially any event that we can get invited to that will allow us to bring animals to be adopted we're there.


Address:
6620 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 412-661-6452
Feral Cat TNR Program
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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no kill is a lie - so is no animal turned away! I got email from you people when I tried to arrange to surrender a mama and 7 kittens and was told that you wouldn't accept the kittens because none of them had URI's or other treatable illnesses - and when i explained about the mother's condition, that she was under weight because she hadn't been able to forage or hunt because she'd been an indoor cat, first thing said to me was "we'll probably have to euthanize her" - SO STOP FOOLING PEOPLE WITH THAT NO KILL STUFF. EVER SINCE YOU MERGED with those people on the north shore and became HUMANE ANIMAL RESCUE - the only thing you're good for is TNR
posted by terminalpgh, on 2018-09-09 19:54:43
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Hello,. Today's date is August 14th,2018. I have a 8 year old Maltese that I rescued from a woman on fb. She didn't provide nonotone bit of information, just his name. It's been 22 months taking care of aspen. A wonderful little dog and so well mannered. I half to bring him and let him be adopted. Does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with this
posted by LisaLehew, on 2018-08-14 12:39:12
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All no kills are allowed to euthanize 10% of their animals due to medical or behavior issues and still claim no kill status. This IS necessary to avoid "Tiger Ranch" situations to occur. There are normally foster homes or special rescues that take these animals in the end,before the "final decision" is made....I'm one of them...
posted by MindyMalignancy, on 2015-08-10 16:57:17
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Hi, I just found kittens, ... 3 of them, I think they are 8 weeks old.... Does anybody knows where I can bring them for adoption??? Please I need help. I can't keep them, because I have 2 adult cats at home already and they won't be friendly with them. Thank you anyone for any advice.
posted by NadiaPrasad, on 2017-07-11 20:42:28
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My phone number 412-417-2606
posted by NadiaPrasad, on 2017-07-11 20:43:46
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If u don't turn nobody away regardless of situation that is so false u did turn away a animal person couldn't care for it and u said he was a dangerous dog and hyper well no the person is having a a hard time rehoming him wow lies is all I here
posted by TracyBobinski, on 2016-08-18 22:31:34
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I do not understand why this organization is listed on the No Kill Shelter list if they do n fact euthanize!! How are we to believe any organization listed is no-kill then?!
posted by SandyWrightKlotzbach, on 2015-07-20 11:52:02
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Absolutely NOT a no kill shelter... I am looking for a new home for my 12 year old dog. She is a sweet dog when not being pestered by a small child, but I do not think that she can be around my 3 year old daughter any longer. I spoke with a representative at this shelter, and was told that my only option with them was to sign her over to be euthanized, without any discussion of the details.
posted by paul9wilson, on 2014-10-14 12:13:21