About Animal Friends

Sixty-six years ago, at the height of World War II, a small group of Pittsburgh citizens came together in an effort to find homes for soldiers’ pets when they left to serve 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. They took a name that clearly articulated their mission: to serve as friends to unwanted animals.

Over time, Animal Friends evolved to meet increased demand for our services. All the while, our reverence for the animal-human bond remained at the core of Animal Friends’ mission.

In 2001, Animal Friends set out to change the way an animal shelter can serve our community. Our organization embarked on a capital campaign to build a 30,000 square-foot companion animal resource center complete with creative kenneling for homeless pets, veterinary clinic, classroom, pet therapy suite, resource library and more. Thanks to community support, our vision became a reality, and in 2006, we opened the doors to the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center at Animal Friends.

Our Present and Future

Today, Animal Friends is uniquely prepared to serve as a leader in compassionate, pet-focused programming. From creative kenneling to for the comfort of our animals to innovative community outreach and education programs, Animal Friends is proud to embrace the community with open arms and creative, pet-centered solutions for a kinder future for our region.

To many, the successful transition of Animal Friends’ programs and services into a full-service community resource center was a dream realized. But, there is still much work to be done, and Animal Friends is proud to lead the way.

At Animal Friends, we know that shelter and adoption programs, while important, are a reactive solution to pet overpopulation and will never solve the overpopulation crisis. That's why Animal Friends has developed a comprehensive, community-wide spay/neuter initiative. By providing low or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to low-income pet owners, feral cat colony caretakers, pit bull owners, and shelters without spay/neuter programs, Animal Friends’ goal is to spay or neuter 24,000 pets over three years. These are pets that would not otherwise have access to spay or neuter surgeries. Through these efforts, our goal is not just to relieve pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia in southwestern Pennsylvania—but to end it.

Animal Friends is truly thinking outside the cage.

Animal Friends is a non-profit organization that relies on community support.



Our programs include…

  • Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Services
  • Shelter and Adoption
  • Cruelty Investigations & Rescues
  • Behavior Training Classes & Hotline
  • Health & Wellness Programs
  • Humane Education
  • Foster Care
  • Lost & Found Animal Services
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pet-Friendly Events
Learn more about these programs at our website!

Adopting a Pet

Animal Friends' animals are up-to-date on all of their routine shots including rabies, have been spayed/neutered prior to going home, all cats have been FeLeuk and FIV tested, and all animals are microchipped with a lifetime registration to AVID if they are ever lost. We request a $75 adoption donation for dogs and cats over the age of 20 weeks, and a $125 donation for puppies or $100 for kittens up to and including 20 weeks. The donation requested for rabbits is $60 or $100 for a bonded pair - no matter what age!

Come Visit Us!

Come let us help you meet your match!
Our hours are: Monday - Friday: 11-7
Weekends: 10-5

Take I-279N to exit 8 at Camp Horne Road. Turn left at the light. Proceed through two more lights. Animal Friends will be on your left!



Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000
Web: www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
Email: speak@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter



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