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Animal Friends Breaks Ground on New Resource Center

Dec 30, 2015 09:32AM ● By Shannon Tremblay
On Sunday, Oct. 11, surrounded by a passionate crowd of board members, staff, volunteers, supporters (and, of course, a gaggle of four-legged residents), we celebrated the next step in making our dream of providing affordable and accessible resources to struggling pets and pet owners throughout our region a reality.

Through our CEO David Swisher, Board Chair Marleen Ashton, Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, Honorary Chair Howard Ash and Fundraising Chair Stefania Romoff, we shared our vision of an 18,400 sq. ft. Animal Wellness Center that will support an increase in spay/neuter surgeries, vaccination services and other pet wellness resources. It will also increase our highly demanded Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank program and enhance our busy Humane Investigations Department. Renderings and floor plans were shared, our incredible fundraising progress cheered and we were so proud to unveil to official name of the building: The Howard Ash Animal Resource Center at Animal Friends.

We know that the lack of affordable spay/neuter, wellness care and food is a major reason that once-beloved pets end up in shelters and why our Humane Police Officers too often need to intervene. With this new pet wellness center, we can proactively address these all-too-common issues. We’ll expand the ways we offer essential resources to those who need it most. Through these efforts, we’ll be able to increase the number of pets that stay in their homes while reducing abandonment, neglect and pet overpopulation.

The Howard Ash Animal Wellness Center, with an expected grand opening of early 2017, will enable us to further our lifesaving mission while offering compassionate, affordable resources so pets can remain in their homes–healthy and supported–where they belong.

So please stay tuned! You’ll be hearing much more in 2016 about this exciting–and lifesaving–project.