PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A total of 55 cats and dogs were greeted at Animal Friends today ending 2013 much differently than they were supposed to.

Their lives were almost cut short. Dozens of animals from various shelters were slated to be euthanized. Instead, today they were welcomed a belly scratch and were perhaps aware that they were given a great gift.

“They’re just amazing companions and it’s such a wonderful thing to be able to give them a second chance,” Danielle Yeager said.

“Everybody deserves a second chance, and this is their second chance. Since they can’t speak for themselves, we’re their voices,” Diane Friske said.

A total of 25 dogs and 30 cats were brought into Animal Friends for the 17th annual New Year’s Eve Rescue.

“It’s just a glimpse into the day in the life of our homeless pets in this region. We have so many that just can’t find homes and so it means so much to see them come here and have a second chance,” Christy Bostardi said.

For the volunteers, this is a day that reflects and highlights the work they do every day by giving animals a shot at a home and companionship.

Most of the animals will be ready for adoption on Jan. 2.


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