Category Archives: Cruisin’ Companions


Primo has come a long way since he was rescued and brought to Animal Friends. Finally, he receives in the gentle, encouraging touch of our volunteers…which is a far cry from life in the basement he was rescued from.
Right now the only thing that motivates this frightened dog is food. He loves his Kibble. But with some coaxing and training, you’ll be rewarded for giving this little guy a new life. He deserves it after all he’s been through.
We’d like to see him move into to a quiet, adult home with a “safe haven” (a crate) for when he gets frightened, which happens a lot. You’ll need to be patient during house training, and aware that he may have ongoing medical needs and may never play like other dogs.
You hear about people who buy homes that are considered “fixer-uppers.” This way the new owners have a creative project to pour their love and personality into. Well, Primo is a fixer upper, one with a sweet grin and cute little ears.
If you choose to adopt this special dog, you will watch him learn about living in a real home with a loving family.
You know you at least want to come visit him today at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh.


Tyson may need to enroll in some of the classes that we offer at Animal Friends University. A natural people-pleaser, Tyson is eager to learn what you want him to and would love the time spent with you; his new lifetime companion.

It is recommended that Tyson be adopted by an active family with older children who has dog ownership experience.

If you are looking for a loyal exercise partner who has a big heart and plenty of love to go around, stop by and meet Tyson soon. Oh did we mention he is house trained?  Stop by and meet him at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh today.


As you can tell by his name, this gorgeous Husky/Boxer mix is one friendly fellow. Unfortunately, he’s been having a hard time finding a home.
Buddy can be timid and nervous at first. But, he’ll quickly give you a wag of his tail once he knows you’re a good person. Give him a good pat on the head and back, and he might return the favor with a gracious lift of his paw. Look at his cute peppy ears, dark eyes, and distinguished salt and pepper snout that just adds to his charm.
Buddy is picky around children and other dogs, so we recommend he’s the only dog in a home with family members aged 12 years old and up.
So Buddy up and visit Animal Friends in Pittsburgh … You might meet your new trusty sidekick!


Lilly, an Aretha Franklin wannabe, just wants a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. She’s a strong-willed bunny set in her ways – a bit of a spitfire. She can sometimes be a loner – which is often the sign of a deep thinker. She’s not your average bunny, but if she likes you, the passion will flow. Once she decides that you’re okay, you can hug and cuddle her and she’ll relax in your arms. So come visit Lilly and we’ll see if she wants to adopt you. And if she does, take it as a huge compliment from your new brainy, sometimes bullheaded, but always benevolent bunny. Visit her today at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh


Any Coonhound fans out there? If so, you have to come in and meet Ace, a 4 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Ace greets everyone he meets with a happy “Woof!” and a goofy grin! His previous owners were moving and could not take him with them. However, they did mention that he seems to be housebroken, crate trained, and that he doesn’t chew! This awesome man previously lived with kids, and he would love to go home with a tiny human that he could call a friend. He loves everyone he meets except for cats – he hasn’t learned yet not to chase them. Because he is a young guy, he is energetic and will need a family willing to provide him with sufficient and appropriate exercise. He would love to hike, walk or jog with his new family. His two favorite things are treats and people! When he is presented with both humans and food, he runs after people with his raw hide hanging out of his mouth! Can you open your home to this wonderful boy? Stop in at Animal  Friends in Pittsburgh  – he cannot wait to meet you!

Celebrate your pooch with a Pup- Pie!

Don’t be ashamed, you want to spoil your pets rotten, right?    It’s ok admit it,   you’re not alone, we all do. Why shouldn’t we celebrate the best companion in our life?  I recently did just that with my adopted Boston Terrier “Jasper”.  Jasper was adopted on July 1st from the Western PA Humane Society, and on his papers I was able to figure out his birthdate.  So to celebrate his 1st Birthday I wanted to give him something a little extra special.  I headed over to my local pet store (Healthy Pet Products in Pittsburgh, PA) and picked out a Pup-Pie from the Lazy Dog Cookie Company.  There are many “pies” to choose from, but I choose the “Happy Birthday” pie (it even comes with a little Happy Birthday Marker to place on top of the Pie)  As a concerned pet owner over what I feed my dog, I knew this treat would be all natural ingredients as Healthy Pet Products only carries this type of food and treats. Sorry, but you won’t catch me buying pet treats made in China to feed my guy.  Anyway, it was great Jasper LOVED it, and I had a blast making his special day all that much more fun for the BOTH of us.  I also grabbed some “Pup-Squeaks” for him and yup, he gobbled those right up too.   After posting the pic of him celebrating with his Pup-Pie on facebook I had tons of requests as to where I got that Birthday Pie treat. So I thought I’d share my story with you guys and fill you in on where you can get one to spoil your special companion with! Go ahead, spoil ’em rotten, they deserve it. If you do, take a pic and send it in to me here at


Things change. Who hasn’t experienced the ebb and flow of life? Zoey’s life changed when her family could no longer keep her. This big, beautiful girl is still getting used to life in a shelter. She’s a bit frightened out in her new world, but, Zoey will relax when petted and brushed. A calm and mature cat, Zoey would love to sit and watch the world go by with you.
She’s very eager to give and receive affection, and just petting her seems to calm the stress of an everyday routine. Her former owners say a quiet home with no children would be the happiest place for Zoey to live. She would like to be your only cat. Please open your heart to Zoey. Come in and talk to an adoption counselor to see if Zoey is right for you. Change can be good. When one door closes, another one opens. Zoey would love for you to open that door. Stop by and meet her today at Animal Friends.


Jet is handsome 3-year-old Havana rabbit. His foster family tells us that he is very calm and social and even lets people pick him up! He loves to snack and will gently take food from your hand. He lived with two dogs in foster care, and they made him a little anxious (understandably so!) but we don’t think an inter-species friendly pet is entirely out of the cards for this friendly guy. Ask an Adoption Counselor if he’d be a match for you! Just call Animal Friends today!


A wise poet once said, “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Well, you’ll never waste time with Kabuki, a very mellow, non-demanding, gray and white domestic shorthair. This cat is low-maintenance and has a “go with the flow” attitude. Kabuki means a dramatic dance in Japanese, but trust us, he’s not about to start a melodramatic dance on you. He can be timid at first, but one way to get him to warm up to you is to offer him a nice scratch on his fuzzy head. So, if your taste in cat traits leans toward calm, cool, and even a bit meditative, then Kabuki is ready for you. Just come visit this cool cat at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh today!