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A Teddy Bear paw to brighten your day. You’re welcome.

Martha the Great Horned Owl is no ordinary educational animal. She came to us several years ago with a wing injury that was beyond repair. Since she can no longer survive in the wild, Martha permanently resides at our Wildlife Center where she routinely fosters owlets who are brought to us orphaned or with injuries. Currently Martha is fostering these two baby owls - one came to us with a severe injury after falling from its nest & the other was transferred to us from another rehabilitator. Martha has “taken them under her wing” & is teaching them the ways of the Great Horned Owl so that they can eventually be released.

Give a hoot about nature!

So many thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Pittsburgh Penguins, & Walgreens for making this year’s Pet Supply Collection a huge success! When it was all said & done, we collected 891 pet items & $11,050 - $7,500 of which came from a Walgreens’ scannable in-store campaign. Our animals are beyond grateful!

Asker amrithamal Asks:
I adopted my beautiful little kitten Freyja (formerly Alyssa) at Animal Rescue League after 2 years of volunteering with the dogs. I love her so much and couldn't imagine my life without her!
animalrescuelg animalrescuelg Said:

That’s great news! We’re so glad to hear that she has a wonderful life!

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! We’re so grateful for all of our rad volunteers. They’re the best team a shelter & wildlife center could ever ask for!

These folks dedicate a countless number of their own hours to care for the injured & orphaned wild animals of our region. They spend their mornings & evenings ensuring that our homeless pooches get much-needed exercise. They make sure that life is a little easier for the unwanted kitties in our care. And they socialize, temporarily house, & give exposure to so many of Pittsburgh’s homeless pets.

Without them, there is no way we could ever exist. THANKS, YOU GUYS!

Fred couldn’t decide whether to use XX Pro or Valencia. He wants to look tan. Adopt him & help him decide.

Our Wildlife Center is getting ready for our annual Baby Shower, but some babies have already started to arrive! This litter includes seven Eastern cottontails, whose nest was destroyed. 

If you happen to disturb a rabbit’s nest this spring, do you know what to do? If the babies are unharmed, test to make sure the mother returns. Before nightfall, return any surrounding fur to the nest. Place the babies in the nest & cover loosely with grass & dirt from the nest area. Lay a piece of yarn or string loosely over the nest in an “X” shape. Do not check again until the next day. In the morning, look to see if the yarn has been moved. If it has, mom was back & all is well. If it hasn’t, use gloves to remove the babies from the nest & bring them to the Wildlife Center.

If the animals are harmed (usually by a lawnmower or a wandering pet), collect the babies & bring them to the Wildlife Center. 

Remember: DO NOT HANDLE the animal or try to feed it. Many foods, including milk & bread can make animals extremely ill! Handling wildlife is also very stressful for them. Its always best to get the animal in professional care as soon as possible.

Happy National Puppy Day, you guys! There are plenty of ways to celebrate. Adopt, donate, or register to volunteer or foster. Together we can save lives

Last night was a hockey night in Pittsburgh & a great night for our animals! Thanks to your support, sales of Penguins & Paws calendars raised a whopping $81,918 to help us provide care for all animals, without regard for species or breed. Many thanks go out to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, & the Penguins Wives Association. Let’s go Pens!

Pictured from the left are Dave Soltesz (President of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation), Dan Rossi (ARL Executive Director), Ann Yeager (ARL Director of Marketing), & Mary Beth Bylsma (Wife of Head Coach Dan Bylsma).

More National Wildlife Week! Today we’re celebrating the return of the bald eagle to the greater Pittsburgh area!

Throughout the 1950’s & 60’s the bald eagle population declined sharply due to the use of a powerful pesticide called DDT. After the US banned DDT & passed legislation to help protect our waters, bald eagles finally had a chance for a comeback. The improvement in water quality in our local rivers has boosted the fish population, which has lead to an increase in eagles who depend heavily on fish as a food source. Improved water quality means healthier fish. Healthier fish mean healthier eagles!