Animal Rescue League Of W Pa

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  • 6620 Hamilton Ave

    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    Map & Directions
  • 412-661-6452

About Animal Rescue League Of W Pa

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Sat-Mon 10am-5pm, Tue-Fri 10am-8pm

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I dropped off 5 kittens that were living in the neighborhood and donated twice the recommended rate this is what i got:

a call back a couple days later saying that they were too wild to adopt and i would have to take them back furthermore they "might " also have to be quarantined due to a serious virus outbreak that kills cats. They never informed us that there was a deadly cat virus spreading at there location at the time of dropoff.

We have several cats and other peoples cats roam he neighborhood as well. A very difficult situation for me.
I even offered an extra 100 dollars if they could hold onto them until they were free and clear of the virus. i was denied, I had to take them back or be put down.

I went back to them before work and agreed to pick up the kittens the next day and quarantine them myself. That evening they posted on their facebook account that they would be closed on the day i was to arrive for pickup.

I arrived in the middle of the afternoon, even though they said they were closed to the public, just to make sure that nothing would happen to them. It was too late they had been put down because the person there had said i had 24 hours exactly and i had come back too late. no phone call nothing, even though i said i was coming back the next day.

I had taken care of those animals all summer making sure they had food, milk, water or anything they needed. I am absolutely furious! I have asked for all my donation money back. I will never make another donation there again.

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I dropped off 5 kittens that were living in the neighborhood and donated twice the recommended rate this is what i got:

a call back a couple days later saying that they were too wild to adopt and i would have to take them back furthermore they "might " also have to be quarantined due to a serious virus outbreak that kills cats. They never informed us that there was a deadly cat virus spreading at there location at the time of dropoff.

We have several cats and other peoples cats roam he neighborhood as well. A very difficult situation for me.
I even offered an extra 100 dollars if they could hold onto them until they were free and clear of the virus. i was denied, I had to take them back or be put down.

I went back to them before work and agreed to pick up the kittens the next day and quarantine them myself. That evening they posted on their facebook account that they would be closed on the day i was to arrive for pickup.

I arrived in the middle of the afternoon, even though they said they were closed to the public, just to make sure that nothing would happen to them. It was too late they had been put down because the person there had said i had 24 hours exactly and i had come back too late. no phone call nothing, even though i said i was coming back the next day.

I had taken care of those animals all summer making sure they had food, milk, water or anything they needed. I am absolutely furious! I have asked for all my donation money back. I will never make another donation there again.

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I took my 6mo Lab Puppy and 6mo Kitten to be fixed here. They did EXCELLENT work at the 1/4 of the price my vet was charging. I would recommend this clinic to anyone.

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I took my 6mo Lab Puppy and 6mo Kitten to be fixed here. They did EXCELLENT work at the 1/4 of the price my vet was charging. I would recommend this clinic to anyone.

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I have got several of my animals from them in the past - since I work near them. I have to agree witht he other posters - the adoption workers need a lot of help. I adopted a dog their once, it was to close to closing so they told me I had to come back another day. I also came across a dog (pit mix) on my way home from work that kids were abusing - it was scared and I took it to the shelter. They called me the next day and said they would be putting it down unless I took it because it had skin allergies....I couldnt take the dog - already have a dog, 2 pigs and 2 cats and an iguana and horses - I told them I would pay its medical bills, adoption fees etc if they would just put the dog on the floor. they wouldnt do it. That was a big dissapointment. So while I am not a big fan - it wouldnt stop me from getting animals from them. They have some great pets that are looking to save someone!

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I have got several of my animals from them in the past - since I work near them. I have to agree witht he other posters - the adoption workers need a lot of help. I adopted a dog their once, it was to close to closing so they told me I had to come back another day. I also came across a dog (pit mix) on my way home from work that kids were abusing - it was scared and I took it to the shelter. They called me the next day and said they would be putting it down unless I took it because it had skin allergies....I couldnt take the dog - already have a dog, 2 pigs and 2 cats and an iguana and horses - I told them I would pay its medical bills, adoption fees etc if they would just put the dog on the floor. they wouldnt do it. That was a big dissapointment. So while I am not a big fan - it wouldnt stop me from getting animals from them. They have some great pets that are looking to save someone!

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they are not considered a no kills shelter BUT I clarified this with a worker. They ABSOLUTELY AND ONLY put down an animal if there is no way for them to get the animal better. They do treat the animals and try to bring them back to health. They do NOT put down animals because there is not room. So its ok to bring your pets there to be adopted.

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they are not considered a no kills shelter BUT I clarified this with a worker. They ABSOLUTELY AND ONLY put down an animal if there is no way for them to get the animal better. They do treat the animals and try to bring them back to health. They do NOT put down animals because there is not room. So its ok to bring your pets there to be adopted.

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I have never been to the ARL, but am considering going there tomorrow to drop off a stray pit mix I found wandering the streets. She has an amazing temperment, she is young and healthy... the man on the phone assured me that they only put down extremely sick/injured dog and dogs with severe behavioral issues. Many resuces say the same thing, though they put down most pits that come into the shelter. I am worried that I will drive so far to a shelter that might give up on this pup.
Do those of you who know the shelter think I should be worried?

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I have never been to the ARL, but am considering going there tomorrow to drop off a stray pit mix I found wandering the streets. She has an amazing temperment, she is young and healthy... the man on the phone assured me that they only put down extremely sick/injured dog and dogs with severe behavioral issues. Many resuces say the same thing, though they put down most pits that come into the shelter. I am worried that I will drive so far to a shelter that might give up on this pup.
Do those of you who know the shelter think I should be worried?

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Adoption employees are terrible. They told my husband and I numerous times that they CANNOT 'hold" an animal under no circumstance. When we met with a little chihuahua, the staff said he was going to have surgery the next day, so he would not be able to be adopted that day. So I called the next day three times to see when we could bring our other chihuahua in to meet him and they finally said in the afternoon (after three calls) that he didn't have surgery, so he was up for adoption. My husband and I went home from work, got our chihuahua, drove to the facility, only to be told by the "adoption employees" the chihuahua was "on hold" for someone! We were no allowed to see the chihuahua and unfortunately, he was being held for two hours until another customer got a letter from his landlord saying it was OK for him to have the chihuahua..

This angers me that the rules change from employee to employee. We missed out on a precious little chihuahua, a friend for my other chihuahua, because of the "adoption" employees not doing their job correctly.

I would recommend going to another shelter to find an animal to adopt - find a shelter where the employees know what the rules are.

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Adoption employees are terrible. They told my husband and I numerous times that they CANNOT 'hold" an animal under no circumstance. When we met with a little chihuahua, the staff said he was going to have surgery the next day, so he would not be able to be adopted that day. So I called the next day three times to see when we could bring our other chihuahua in to meet him and they finally said in the afternoon (after three calls) that he didn't have surgery, so he was up for adoption. My husband and I went home from work, got our chihuahua, drove to the facility, only to be told by the "adoption employees" the chihuahua was "on hold" for someone! We were no allowed to see the chihuahua and unfortunately, he was being held for two hours until another customer got a letter from his landlord saying it was OK for him to have the chihuahua..

This angers me that the rules change from employee to employee. We missed out on a precious little chihuahua, a friend for my other chihuahua, because of the "adoption" employees not doing their job correctly.

I would recommend going to another shelter to find an animal to adopt - find a shelter where the employees know what the rules are.

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Another reviewer has made a statement about the ARL "not being a no kill shelter" as if this had been implied to him. This is not the case, as the Animal Rescue League has always been an open door shelter, not a no kill. To be no kill, a shelter must turn away animals on a regular basis. The ARL takes in EVERY animal EVERY time (many of which have already been turned away by "no kill" shelters). Dogs and cats are not euthanized for the fun of it like some people seem to think. There are simply not enough homes for all of the unwanted animals in the world. If you have a problem with shelters euthanizing animals, do your part and go adopt about 20 dogs.

I have been volunteering at the Animal Rescue League off and on for the past seven years, and I can honestly say that they do the best that they possibly can with the high volume of animal surrenders with the resources that they have.

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Another reviewer has made a statement about the ARL "not being a no kill shelter" as if this had been implied to him. This is not the case, as the Animal Rescue League has always been an open door shelter, not a no kill. To be no kill, a shelter must turn away animals on a regular basis. The ARL takes in EVERY animal EVERY time (many of which have already been turned away by "no kill" shelters). Dogs and cats are not euthanized for the fun of it like some people seem to think. There are simply not enough homes for all of the unwanted animals in the world. If you have a problem with shelters euthanizing animals, do your part and go adopt about 20 dogs.

I have been volunteering at the Animal Rescue League off and on for the past seven years, and I can honestly say that they do the best that they possibly can with the high volume of animal surrenders with the resources that they have.

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While the animals are terrific, and many of the employees are wonderful, unfortunately, the adoptions team is not very helpful or friendly.

I hope something is done soon to address this.

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While the animals are terrific, and many of the employees are wonderful, unfortunately, the adoptions team is not very helpful or friendly.

I hope something is done soon to address this.

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I have gotten animals from this place that I have loved and became members of my family for years. I have left animals here when I had nowhere else to go with them and I KNEW that they would be adopted out or cared for nicely until they were adopted out. This is a great facility... clean and nice people... CARING people work there. Also they help you take care of the animals that you adopt from them such as giving you spaying or neutering services free. This is definitely the place to go!

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I have gotten animals from this place that I have loved and became members of my family for years. I have left animals here when I had nowhere else to go with them and I KNEW that they would be adopted out or cared for nicely until they were adopted out. This is a great facility... clean and nice people... CARING people work there. Also they help you take care of the animals that you adopt from them such as giving you spaying or neutering services free. This is definitely the place to go!

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