Back in 1986, a 7 week old kitten was adopted from our shelter by fluke, but then went on to become an international celebrity! Pudgie Wudgie was a one-of-a-kind cat who owned over 200 costumes, 50 hats, & 30 pairs of glasses. He rubbed elbows (or possibly noses) with well-known celebrities, appearing on the Maury Povich Show & the David Letterman Show, as well as a commercial for Dad’s Cat Food. Pudgie had a 2 page spread in the National Enquirer & was featured on tv & in newspapers across the nation & around the globe, from Canada to Italy & Turkey. An avid Steeler’s fan like any good Pittsburgher, Pudgie got to meet Chuck Noll & he even went snowmobiling at Seven Springs! Learn more about Pudgie Wudgie & his fascinating story at www.pudgiewudgie.com
SOMEBIRDY…that we used to know! After recovering from a head injury, this Great Blue Heron was finally able to be released this afternoon. We’re sure that he’s currently enjoying his new home along the Allegheny River.
"I could never do what you do. I’d want to take them all home!" As animal welfare professionals, we hear it all the time. And sometimes it’s true. The reality, however, is that there’s more life-saving work to be done. There are thousands & thousands more animals who need our help. Read one volunteer’s perspective & learn why, every day, we hope we never see the animals in our shelter again.
Snapping Turtle Saved! Thanks to teamwork between the medical staff of both our shelter & wildlife center, we were able to come to the rescue of this recently admitted common snapping turtle. Staff discovered that the poor guy had a fishing hook lodged in his throat, but we were able to perform surgery & successfully remove it. This turtle is doing remarkably well & should be ready for release in just a few weeks!
Somebirdy showed up at the right place! This young house sparrow hopped to the front stoop of our Wildlife Center this morning to greet our staff as we went about our duties. As we opened the door to enter the building, she hopped right inside. Upon further observation, staff noticed that she had a leg injury & apparently just decided that it was time to seek medical attention.
Dalton (now Ruxin), rescued during the 2nd largest dogfighting raid in US history, has found a home! He’s one of #367 dogs rescued by the Humane Society of the United States in a multi-state raid that spanned several southeastern states. After he was temporarily housed in an emergency shelter, Ruxin made his way to Pittsburgh & the ARL. For 4 months our staff & volunteers have worked to rehabilitate this sweet guy after a life of suffering. And we know that he’s going to be a great dog for a great family. DOG FIGHTER NO MORE! Enjoy your new life, Ruxin!