Clear the Shelters Day is Saturday August 19th. Over 700 shelters across the U.S. are working to help find forever homes for animals who need them. Last year, 50,000 pets found homes. While Pittsburgh isn’t a participating city in the official drive, celebrate in spirit and consider adopting a pet from one of these local shelters.

Humane Animal Rescue

Humane Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society merged to become the Humane Animal Rescue. The two organizations, founded in 1874 and 1909, respectively, have rich histories in aiding Pittsburgh area animals. This year, when they merged they became one of the largest animal welfare associations in Pennsylvania. The two work to help abandoned, neglected and injured animals. They have an open door policy that makes sure no animal is ever refused shelter by the organization. All kinds of pets come through the shelter, from ferrets, to guinea pigs to the more typical cats and dogs.

Clear the Shelters Day

This is Blake, who is a male American pit bull currently at the East End shelter.

Animal Friends

Animal Friends is committed to promoting the animal human bond and lessening the number of unwanted animals through spay and neuter programs. They have a no-kill tradition and work tirelessly to find each animal a loving forever home. Their outreach, education and therapeutic programming work to create an everlasting bond between humans and animals.

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This is Heinz, a neutered male brown tabby Domestic Shorthair. He’s been at Animal Friends since April.

White Oak Animal Safe Haven

The White Oak Animal Safe Haven was founded back in 2033 by a woman named Ina Jean Marton. The main goal of her shelter is to save homeless and stray animals. While it may seem small compared to the previous two shelters, it also has a no-kill policy. It’s entirely volunteer-run, and over 9,000 animals have been saved through adoptions at the shelter. The shelter is operated solely on public donations and fundraising.

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This is Mandy, a four-and-a-half year old Terrier mix currently at the shelter.


So get out there on Clear the Shelters Day and make a pet’s life Pittsburgh Beautiful!

Know a great shelter in the area with adoptable animals? Let us know and we may feature it later this year!

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