Animal Friends' holiday rescue saves record number of animals
The 17th annual New Year's Eve Rescue at Animal Friends was one for the record books, as the Ohio Township shelter took in more cats than ever before.
Christy Bostardi, Animal Friends' director of communications, said a record-breaking 36 cats — most of which came from Greene County Humane Society — were welcomed to the shelter during the event Dec. 31. Bostardi credited volunteers who stepped up to foster cats for freeing up enough cages at the no-kill facility to allow for the new arrivals. In addition, 23 dogs were rescued.
As of the Sewickley Herald's deadline, 14 animals — six dogs and eight cats — have been adopted.
Animal Friends' communications coordinator, Suaz Forsythe, said there still are some rescued animals that need to be medically cleared before they are available for adoption.
The annual New Year's Eve Rescue at Animal Friends gives many animals who were picked up by local animal-control facilities a second chance at life. Without the rescue, those lost pets and stray animals would have been euthanized by the end of the year.
“During the holidays, many pets get separated from their owners, and if they don't have a license, it's difficult to get them reunited with their families,” Bostardi said at the event. “Animal control becomes overpopulated, and they have to euthanize to make space for other homeless pets.”
Upon arrival at the Ohio Township facility for this year's event, each dog and cat was given a Dr. Seuss-themed name. They then received medical and behavioral evaluations, were bathed and groomed, vaccinated and spayed or neutered, if needed.
Rick Novosel of Pine was one of many volunteers who lent a hand during the rescue.
“These dogs need a second chance — and some, a third chance,” said Novosel as Horton, a Rottweiler mix, was groomed. “I just want to help them live out a good life.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz contributed to this report. Kristina Serafini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.