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.

logo2019-200In 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.

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Latest News:

West End Community Event and Animal Advocates Thrift Shop Sale - Saturday, October 5 from 11am - 6pm

Join Animal Advocates in celebrating the West End neighborhood of Pittsburgh! The "Steps We Take" event is sponsored by Bike Pittsburgh and the Office of Public Art in conjunction with local artist Bradford Mumpower and the West End Community Group.  Check out more information on the event at the Bike Pittsburgh website.

Animal Advocates Thrift Shop and backyard garden will open from 11-6, with other activities taking place throughout the neighborhood. Celebrate the neighborhood and shop for unique treasures - fall-themed baked goodies, vintage holiday decorations and thrifty fashion items will all be on sale! 

PetExpo November 15-17

Mark your calendars - Animal Advocates will be participating at the 2019 Pittsburgh PetExpo November 15-17 at the David Lawrence Convention Center.  For more information visit the event website.

Please visit our newly renovated shop during normal business hours! Click here for location and hours.

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.


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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.  


Fall 2019 NewsletterRead our latest newsletter here!