We know finding help can be exhausting, but we are here to help you.
Whether you are dealing with basic behavior issues or more complicated situations, there are trainers in the Pittsburgh area who are willing and ready to help. Check out our Ask the Trainers page for some basic training tips or to submit your question.
If you would like a recommendation for a private trainer, please email us.
If you are looking for basic obedience or fun classes at a reasonable price, look at what the local shelters have to offer:
1. Western PA Humane Society
2. Animal Rescue League
3. Animal Friends
Medical Bills, Food Banks, and Basic Needs
Visit our Ferdinand's Fund page for information on how SPAAR is committed to helping keeping pets with their families.
Do you need pet food? Check out pet food banks in the area:
1. Ellie's Pet Pantry
2. Chow Wagon
Heath Care for Seniors
We always recommend talking to your veterinarian first, but here are some basic online resources we like:
1. American Veterinary Medical Association
2. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
3. Grey Muzzle Organization
Check out these sites for pet food ratings and ingredients lists:
1. Pet Food Ratings
2. Dog Food Advisor
While theses sites are a good resource for researching different brands of food, please check with your vet if you have any health related concerns or if your dog has allergies before you switch foods.
Here are our lists of why you should consider adopting a senior animal:
1. Adopt a Senior Dog
2. Adopt a Senior Cat
Pets for Life Partnership
Pets for Life is an innovative and game-changing program to keep pets in their homes.
Pets for Life is a program of the Humane Society of the United States that reaches out to people and pets in under-served communities to extend free animal care resources, services and information. More pets are staying in their homes, reducing the sheltering and euthanasia crisis. In 2014, the program spayed/neutered over 500 pets and vaccinated over 700 in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This year, we hope to provide another 500 surgeries and over 800 vaccines in Homewood.
If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to join the team, please contact Kaley Kaczynski, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Community Liaison, at 412-847-7068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet Loss and Grief
Did you know that Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC) has added a veterinary social worker to their team to "address the human needs of veterinary professionals and their clients?" They also offer monthly pet loss and grief support groups at their facility.
Take a look at their social work support services, call for more information, and browse their resource page, which includes topics like bereavement and your pet's quality of life.
Infographic Courtesy Of Ultimate Home Life