Help For Local Families and Pets in Need


To help make sure that no dog goes hungry, Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh will host a special dog food distribution event, Ellie’s Thankful Paws, on Monday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its North Side Campus (1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233). Owners in need can drive up to the location where staff will then load each vehicle with free dog food. The distribution is made possible by a donation of 11,500 pounds of food from Tailored Pet.

Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh is committed to helping keep pets in loving homes. Ellie’s Pet Pantry supplies community members with food and basic supplies for their pets, assisting those who are experiencing financial insecurity and are struggling to keep their families intact.

“Pets are an integral part of our families,” says Dan Rossi, CEO of Humane Animal Rescue. “Because of the financial difficulties resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19, Pittsburghers need Ellie’s more than ever. We want to make sure that no one has to make the difficult decision to give up their pet because they can’t provide basic care.”

At December’s pre-holiday event, more than 8,328 pounds of dog food was distributed to feed 360 dogs and puppies. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh would provide assistance to about fifty families each month. Since the pandemic began in March, Ellie’s Food Pantry has given out nearly 50,000 pounds of food through regularly scheduled and emergency distributions.

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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. Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s open-door policy ensures no animal is ever refused shelter. Learn more at