We are often asked the same questions over and over again. We have listed some of the most common.

Are you a “No Kill” shelter?

We are an Open Door Shelter which means we accept all incoming animals. We do not have a waiting list. We do have to euthanize some animals but only for poor health and temperament. We do not impose a time or space limit.

How long do you hold animals for?

There is no set time limit. We hold healthy adoptable animals until we find them a home.

If I find a stray animal how long will you hold it?

We hold all stray animals for a minimum of three days to try and find an owner.

Do you pick up stray animals?

No we do not offer this service. You must contact your local animal control.

Do you accept donations of blankets & towels?

YES! We accept all blanket and paper donations. They may be dropped off at any time. Please see our “Wish List” for some of our other needs.

Are you funded by the state/government?

NO! We are supported by the generous donations of the public. To make a contribution, Donate to us or call 412-345-0345

I think my neighbor is abusing/neglecting their animal, can you help?

No. You need to contact a humane agent at 412-847-7066 or 412-321-4625 x216. If the offense is happening right now, you need to call 911.

Does my dog require a license even though he stays inside?

YES! All dogs over the age of 3 months are required by law to have a license.

I found a baby bird, rabbit, injured wildlife etc. What do I do?

Please call our Wildlife Center at 412-345-7300 x500 for further instructions.

Can I check on an animal that I dropped off?

YES. Please call our Adoptions Department at 412-345-7300 x 215.

I am interested in adopting the animal that I dropped off.

Please see an Adoption Counselor or call the Adoptions Department at 412-345-7300  x 215.

Is there a fee to drop off an animal?

We request at least a $25.00 donation to offset the costs of taking in an animal. However, as an open-door shelter, no animal is ever refused.

Do you bill for services?

No. Please speak to our Clinic Manager regarding special circumstances for sick animals who need immediate care.

How long will my cat/dog be pregnant?

Gestation is approximately 63 days. However, in keeping with the mission of the Animal Rescue League, we encourage you to have your animals spayed or neutered in order to control the pet population. Please see our Veterinary Clinic Page for details on our many programs to prevent unwanted animals from making their way to our shelter.

Can I get my animal spayed for free?

No, but we do offer various discounts & programs. Watch for our “Spay Days” and other specials. Spaying or Neutering your pet is critical to controling the animal population.

We have a lot of feral cats in our neighborhood, can you help?

We have various programs set up to deal with this problem. Please contact our Clinic for more information at 412-345-7300  x211 or x223.

Do you accept donations of opened food?

No. All of our kennel animals are on a strict diet while they are here to monitor any health problems, but we do accept all unopened bags and canned food for our foster program and Wildlife Center.


Submit your questions to ayeager@animalrescue.org or contact a department directly