If you wish to adopt a pet on Sunday, June 4th, please arrive by 3 PM!

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP) and Animal Friends are jointly hosting their first ever “Adopt Local, Yinz” weekend. On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, the region’s two largest animal welfare organizations are waiving adoption fees for adult animals (6 months or older) to encourage adoptions of pets that are being cared for at the three shelters. (Discount does not apply to kittens or puppies.) All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, given vaccinations appropriate for their age at the time of adoption, and given flea/tick protection. In addition, dogs 6 months or older are tested for heartworm.

HARP and Animal Friends currently have an abundance of adoptable pets, with over 500 animals in their combined care. A number of factors are contributing to this growing number; from the drop in adoptions after the high demand experienced during the pandemic, financial and housing challenges facing many families, to spay and neuter services interrupted by the pandemic. No matter the reason, the need for adopters and foster homes is greater now than ever.

“As an open-door shelter, HARP accepts all animals in need, and provides them with the care they need and the love they deserve,” said Gerry Delon, HARP’s Executive Director. “But we need to find homes for all the deserving animals waiting to be adopted, especially those who may have been with us for quite some time. By working together with Animal Friends, we can have a greater impact in finding these animals loving families and a place to call home in our community.”

“It’s true that together we can do so much more to address this urgent need,” said Animal Friends’ President & CEO Kathleen Beaver. “At Animal Friends, we remain committed to second chances – no matter how long it takes — and by joining with Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh, we know we will be able to extend our reach, match our animals with loving homes, and together save even more lives.

Adoptions Include:

  • Adoption fees for adult animals (6 months or older) will be waived. County licenses will be paid for by the adopter.
  • Post-adopt medical exam fee waived. (Covers exam fee only.)
  • Discount for dog training classes
  • Adoption Goodie Bags
  • Opportunity to meet medical staff & training and enrichment team members


Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

North Side Shelter
1101 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

East Side Shelter
6926 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Saturday & Sunday Adoption Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit to humaneanimalrescue.org/adopt to view available adoptable animals. For more information, call 412-345-7300 ext. 215 or email adopt@humaneanimalrescue.org.

For those that may not be ready to make the commitment to adopt an animal, Animal Friends and HARP are also in need of foster families. Fosters provide temporary care for those animals who may not be ready for adoption, need to recover, or are too scared or stressed to be at the shelter.

“Adopt Local, Yinz” is part of the two organizations’ ongoing Adopt Local campaign. Through the “Adopt Local” campaign, the organizations are bringing greater awareness of homeless animals in need and finding them their forever homes. The campaign includes digital and social placements as well as awareness events designed to encourage pet lovers to make local animal shelters their first choice when acquiring an animal companion.

Animal Friends

562 Camp Horne Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Saturday & Sunday Adoption Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit thinkingoutsidethecage.org/meet-animals/adopt/to view available adoptable animals. For more information about adoptions, call 412.847.7002 or email adoptioninfo@thinkingoutsidethecage.org

About Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, providing services to tens of thousands of animals each year at our two domestic shelters and fully-licensed wildlife rehabilitation center. The organization continues the nearly 150-year legacies of its predecessors providing care and enhanced services to domestic and wild animals alike.

About Animal Friends

Since 1943, Animal Friends has been a progressive leader in animal welfare in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond, serving companion animals and the people who love them with their lifesaving mission and humane programming. Their 75-acre campus serves as a center of compassion and hope for thousands of animals each year through rescue and rehoming, low-cost veterinary and wellness care, behavioral resources, and educational and therapeutic experiences that strengthen the animal-human bond. Animal Friends’ vision is a humane and compassionate future for every animal friend. Learn more at ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Know Before You Go!

  • You may only “meet” two (2) dogs.
    • If you’d like to meet more dogs, you will have to take another number and go to the back of the line.
  • Interested in an animal that’s in a foster home? Speak with our adoptions team!
  • Guests may only adopt one (1) animal at the Adopt-Yinz weekend event.
  • If you have another dog at home, we’ll schedule a “meet-and-greet” at the shelter with your new, potential furry friend.
  • If your chosen furry friend is not available to go home today, staff will let you know which day you can pick up your new furry friend.