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North Hills Monthly

Building Compassionate Communities

Apr 30, 2019 01:01PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Since 2014, Animal Friends has been committed to supporting the underserved communities and struggling pet owners of our region. Through Animal Friends for Life, we have made great strides by going door-to-door in our targeted neighborhoods of Observatory Hill and Perry Hilltop. But, with limited time and resources, we have learned that building strong relationships across social service, governmental and community-driven networks is the most effective way to help those in need.

That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce Compassionate Communities, a brand-new program that will allow us to expand our targeted outreach efforts to help the pets and people of our region. We are partnering with municipalities that will be committed to using humane options for animal issues facing their communities.

So far, we’ve welcomed Sharpsburg and Bellevue as our first two Compassionate Communities!

“We are excited to work with Animal Friends to implement a municipal-led animal care program.”

– Mayor Matthew Rudzki, Sharpsburg


“This gives Bellevue and Sharpsburg the opportunity to establish stability for community cats and offer residents resources for their own pets. We are proud to do what we can to ensure that all of our constituents, including the [four-legged] ones, have the safest, happiest and healthiest lives possible.”

– Mayor Emily Marburger, Bellevue


These two communities will be making commitments to their animal residents in several ways. First, they will be humanely controlling their feral cat populations through Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) efforts. And, of course, they’ll continue to promote spay/neuter throughout their communities.


At Animal Friends, we will offer discounts on both spay/neuter surgeries and purchases from the two retail stores on our campus. We will also continue to provide educational seminars, spay/neuter and TNVR resources and guidance on new or changing ordinances.


Together, we are building a more humane and compassionate region – one community at a time! Learn more about Compassionate Communities and Animal Friends’ other lifesaving programs and services at ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.