Animal Rescue League Needs Votes For $100,000 Challenge

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If dogs and cats could vote, it’s likely they’d cast ballots for the Animal Rescue League.

The shelter in East Liberty is one of the top seven vote-getters in a nationwide survey.

The Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh has been turning unwanted animals into loving pets for 102 years.

“Last year we had more than 5,200 adoptions,” says Executive Director Dan Rossi. “This year our goal is to go over that and we’re well on track to do that.”

Shelter veterinarians have spayed and neutered more than 6,000, and vaccinated more than 8,000. More than 90 percent of the funding comes from private donations.

Now, the Animal Rescue League hopes to get an unexpected windfall from a web contest sponsored by the ASPCA. The $100,000 challenge is counting votes from website visitors across the nation.

“It literally started with thousands of shelters across the U.S. competing,” says Rossi. “It’s now whittled down to 49 shelters across the country. ARL is one of those shelters and the only one in western Pennsylvania.”

Voting continues till October 31 and ARL has a doggone good chance of winning it all.

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  • Heather

    If they take in animals,why do they keep telling my friend that they won’t take two dogs on her street who are left outside to die by their owners? Well, one owner, the other just up and moved and she’s been trying to get them to take the dog the people left behind but is told that it’s not that cold out and its fine by these people! The other dog is just ‘old’ so he’s fine outside w/no food or water and exposed to the elements. *is very frustrated*

  • Eva

    The ARL is not Animal Control, they do not have the capability or legal rights to go to people’s homes and take dogs. If the dogs are being abused it is a human case and would needs to be handled by the police or human officer. It sounds like you are mistaken about what the Animal Rescue League is. The ARL is a shelter who takes in dogs that are brought to them, so unless the police or Animal Control brings the dogs to them there is nothing they can legally do to save the dogs. If you are concerned about them, contact a human officer and file a report about the abused dogs. Unfortunately because animals are considered property it is a complicated process. Taking the dogs from the property without the proper permission would be considered theft and punishable by law.

  • Mary Withrow

    Thank you Eva, you are exactly right too. Heather – (and all others who may find a similar situation) Animal Control’s phone number is 412-255-2036.

  • Elizabeth
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