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Animal Friends Welcomes Dogs after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Oct 01, 2017 11:13AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

At Animal Friends, our priority is first and foremost the pets and people of our region. But sometimes, when natural disaster strikes, we won’t hesitate to step in where we’re needed. That’s why during a particularly devastating hurricane season, we’ve worked with Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) and other local organizations to transfer dogs from the areas that were hit hardest by these disasters.

By teaming up with PAART, Animal Friends welcomed 20 dogs from the San Antonio Humane Society in Texas and 12 from Alachua County Humane Society in Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit. These dogs were already in the shelters before the hurricanes. By freeing up their kennel space, the shelters in Texas and Florida were then more prepared to help the displaced animals.

Before these lifesaving transfers could take place, space had to be made available in the kennels at Animal Friends. So, with the help of local families, dozens of dogs were adopted during the days leading up to the transfers, allowing us to help as many animals as possible.

But it’s not just in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that Animal Friends relies on adopters to enable us to take in new animal residents. By adopting a pet from Animal Friends, you’re really saving two animals–the one you’re adopting and the one who will take their place on our adoption floor! And October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, making it the perfect time to add a new canine member to your family.

Whether they’re across the country or in our own backyard, Animal Friends is committed to helping animals in need. But to continue these lifesaving services, we need your help! Even if you’re not able to adopt a four-legged family member, you can be a hero to animals in crisis. By donating or volunteering, you can be the lifesaving difference for a dog, cat or rabbit who has nowhere else to turn. To learn more about how you can save lives, visit