Get involved with: Animal Protectors
What are they all about?Animal Protectors is a non-profit shelter for cats and dogs located in New Kensington, PA. Non-profit means that they run completely off of donations and fundraising events. Their non-profit status gives them the ability to focus all their funds to caring for their animals and finding homes for them. They are also no-kill, meaning that they never euthanize for space. The mission of their no-kill shelter is to find safe, loving homes for abused, abandoned, and homeless animals in the A-K Valley and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
Their vision is to always be a trusted and caring no-kill animal shelter that the community looks to for animal rescue, education, and resources. Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley was founded in 1966 as a network of foster homes providing temporary shelter and adoption services for abandoned and unwanted animals. From 1966 through 1985, volunteers fought to end the practice of euthanizing abandoned dogs in the city of New Kensington. The group raised funds to help with veterinary care and food for these strays by asking for donations from friends and relatives, many times paying the bills themselves.
What type of activism do they do?As part of our commitment to their community, they strive to educate on the realities of animal abuse and neglect, spaying/neutering, responsible pet ownership and pit bull education. They offer low cost microchipping, "soft paws" applications, (an alternative to de-clawing), and rabies clinics.
One of the hardest parts of their jobs is receiving an animal who has been abused. Once an abused animal is in their care, they take every step to help this animal to trust again. Recognizing cruelty is not as easy as it sounds. Often, people assume that an animal’s behavior – such as being timid or frightened – is a sign of abuse. This is not always the case.