Open Door Policy
Humane Animal Rescue is proud to have an Open Door policy. This philosophy ensures that no animal has to suffer needlessly on the streets.
We love animals, so we accept them into our care and never impose a time limit on how long they can stay. But one can imagine how this puts a tremendous strain on our finite resources.
Our shelters manage animal admissions to ensure that each and every pet entering our care has the best chance at being re-homed, but we will never reject an animal. We do have to euthanize some animals, but only for reasons pertaining to health or temperament, and always with unwavering compassion. We do not impose a time limit on an animal’s stay and always aim to find new ways to treat animals with medical or behavior problems, as well as enrich the pets in our shelters. In particular, animals who come to us with special challenges are frequently placed with one of our many foster families for extra care and treatment until a suitable adoptive family is found. Humane Animal Rescue strives to find homes for all adoptable animals and our adoption rate is well-above the national average. We keep all healthy and friendly animals until they are adopted into new homes.
Through the support of continued donations, Humane Animal Rescue is able to save animals from euthanasia and maintain our Open Door policy. We receive no government assistance, so in order to save pets, we rely on financial contributions from compassionate animal lovers like you.
Why does the City of Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control Bureau send all apprehended domestic animals to our door? Because for our animal companions – that door is always open!
Humane Animal Rescue strives to maintain a healthy balance between domestic cats and native wildlife. HAR strongly advocates for public humane education, with a focus on ways to keep both wildlife and cat populations safe, as well as an emphasis on keeping pet cats indoors. HAR supports responsibly managed TNR programs with the goal of reducing the number of outdoor cats. All cats deserve a safe and loving home. Feral and abandoned cats are proven to lead shorter lives and pose threats to human health, as well as local wildlife. Our shelters promote the placement of adoptable animals, including trapped feral kittens. By keeping pet cats inside, Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities will become safer for both cats and wildlife. Up to 10% of wildlife admitted annually to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center are the result of cat attacks. Most of these wild animals will not survive the corresponding post-attack infections and wounds. Domestic cats have been proven to cause damage to native wildlife populations. Studies suggest that both feral and owned free-roaming cats are efficient predators that disrupt fragile ecosystems. HAR is committed to spaying/neutering as many feral cats as possible, to caring for and releasing injured and orphaned wildlife, and to adopting out healthy animals into good homes. We remain committed to educating dedicated pet owners on how to offer a fulfilling life for their indoor cats. We invite you to work with us and be part of the solution: making Pittsburgh a safer place for all species.