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Three Western PA Animal Shelters Unite to Promote Older Dog Adoptions

Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League and the Western PA Humane Society are all at capacity with dogs as a result of the recent state shut down of the Triangle Pet Control Services.

Pittsburgh’s three major animal shelters are uniting to save pets caught in the middle of a licensing suspension at a McKees Rocks animal control facility, according to a news release.

Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League and the Western PA Humane Society are all at capacity with dogs as a result of the recent state shut down of the Triangle Pet Control Services.

The shelters are asking for immediate help from the public. All three are running an adoption special called "$30@3," meaning any dog over the age of 2 years is available for just a $30 donation--at all three shelters. 

All adoptions will be thoroughly screened to ensure the right matches, according to a news release.

Thirty-four dogs have been surrendered to the Humane Society's North Shore shelter in the past three days.

David Janusek, executive director at WPHS, said about 15 dogs were adopted out in the same time period. 

“We are very full,” Janusek said in a news release.  “We need the dog lovers of Western PA Humane Society to step up and help with adopting, fostering, and donating – food, supplies, or funds -- to care for these many animals.”

Animal Friends’ kennels are filled at 100 percent capacity and since the closure of Triangle Pet, the Animal Rescue league has reached the point where all cages are full, and animals are being housed in offices, and current foster homes are at capacity. The non-profits rely on donations and community support. 

The shelters rescued pets or offered veterinary assistance after Triangle Pet's operating license was revoked Oct. 1, ordering the business to no longer provide animal control or kenneling services for dogs. More than 20 dogs were transferred to Animal Friends and Animal Rescue League, while the Humane Society impounded a dead dog found on Triangle’s property.

On Wednesday, Bernard Dudash, owner of Triangle Pet, and Paul McIntyre, kennel manager, were cited for failure to provide veterinary care for a Ross Township pit bull that had been in their custody since Sept. 11. According to the Humane Society, the dog never received care and died in its cage.

For more information, visit the shelters’ websites:

Animal Friends -- www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Animal Rescue League -- http://www.animalrescue.org

Humane Society -- http://www.wpahumane.com 

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