Established in 1984, Animal Advocates is a non-profit, all-volunteer, Pittsburgh-based animal welfare organization involved in the rescue and permanent placement of cats and dogs who are in need of finding new homes. Many of our animals are either special needs or came to us when previous owners were forced to relinquish their pets under difficult circumstances. Others come from open door shelters who can only keep animals for a very limited period of time.

We are not a shelter. Except for a limited number of cats fostered at our office, our adoptable rescued animals are cared for in loving, volunteer foster homes. We can only sponsor as many animals as we have foster homes currently available.

old logoIn addition, we are involved in efforts to help the local companion animal population, reach out to the community and local officials on behalf of animals, promote animal rights issues and encourage humane lifestyle options.

Help support us by visiting our thrift shop.

Shop your favorite on line retailer = helping Animal Advocates! See igive.com on our Donate Page.

Latest News:

  • The Thrift Shop will be temporarily closed from 8/12-8/15 for remodeling. It will reopen for on 8/16 following normal business hours. 
  • Save the date - on 8/17 Animal Advocates will be participating in the nation-wide "Clear the Shelters" event! A discounted adoption fee will apply for all approved applications received on the event day.  Adoption applications are available online or at PetValu in Greentree (1948 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220). 
  • Stop by the Thrift Shop on 8/17 from 11am-3pm to meet adoptable pets, shop for a great cause and check out the newly renovated space!

Adopt a friend from Animal Advocates!

Click here to submit a Cat Adoption Interest Form

Click here to submit a Dog Adoption Interest Form

Animal Advocates is a registered 501(c)(3). Donations are tax-deductible.


Help Restore Vision for Abandoned Blind Dog


Dove (aka Lily) is a little, 12 lb dog, found filthy, emaciated and very frightened on busy Highway 250 in West Virginia. As a small, all volunteer, rescue we're doing all we can to help this sweet little dog make the rest of her life the best of her life. She's completely blind in one eye, and has a treatable cataract in the other. Learn more about how you can help save her sight.


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We’re asking Animal Advocates supporters and “alumni” pets to tag photos with the hashtag #animaladvocatespgh that include pictures of your cats, dogs or volunteering with our organization.  

Help Fire Victim and Beloved Pets 

On the evening of April 15, 2019, Cheryl Clark's home caught fire. Though two beloved companion cats died in the fire, fortunately, all the human family members made it out safely; several other cats and the dog also survived.



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June 2018 NewsletterRead our latest newsletter here!