The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society was founded in 1874 to protect the elderly, children and animals in our region. Today, the mission of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is to provide the most comprehensive, compassionate and educational services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community, and to educate and prevent the cruelty of all animals in the region we serve. Our efforts include: We always accept any pet or animal in need. · WPHS Humane Officers investigate over 1,100 cases of neglect and abuse each year. ·Our staff and volunteers educate 3,000 school children about safe, ethical treatment of animals though our school outreach programs. ·Clinics in two locations offering wellness services, low cost spay/neuter, vaccines and medications at an affordable cost. Our clinics and Humane Investigations Officers facilitate proper care of pets in our communities. ·Ensures all shelter pets are properly cared for through medical care, enrichment and training. ·:Meet Your Match - Canine-ality and Feline-ality matches pets in need of their fur-ever home with the perfect family. WPHS works with families to create a lasting, happy bond between pets and their new families. · Provides food and other daily necessities like kitty litter and toys to families experiencing financial difficulties. Our goal is to keep pets and families together. Many people in our community can benefit from the well documented benefits of having a pet in their lives. Pairing senior shelter pets with senior citizens helps everyone.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit In 2011 we cared for over 11,000 animals in need; rescued more than 1,200 abused and neglected animals. We taught over 3,000 students about the proper way to care for animals. Our volunteers performed 17,000 hours of service including many outreach programs like Therapy Dog team visits schools, hospitals, assisted living and other facilities every week. WPHS volunteers also staff off-site adoption centers and community events; they help increase our ability to adopt healthy, happy pets into loving forever homes. Our healthy, happy pets are all spayed or neutered before they leave our shelters. Pet over-population is a serious problem in our region. As an "Open Door Shelter" we accept every animal for care, medical & behavior evaluation, and management. Our shelter husbandry and low-cost spay/neuter clinic directly address this issue; it helps manage pet-overpopulation and helps keep our communities safe and disease free. WPHS provides care for more stray pets than all other shelters in our community combined. We work closely with agencies and industry leaders to establish and implement data driven 'best practices' for management of serious and complex community issues. One of our most notable achievements is our fiscal management. The Western PA Humane Society has received a 4-star rating for the past six years from Charity Navigator for transparency and accountability, efficient management and growth of our finances. Donors deserve accountability, transparency, and quantifiable results from the charities they commit to support. Charity Navigator highlights the fine work of efficient charities and provides donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make. Less than a quarter of the charities that Charity Navigator evaluates have received the highest four-star rating. This “exceptional” designation differentiates us from our peers and demonstrates that we are fiscally responsible and worthy of donor investment.
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