South Hills Pet Rescue is overflowing, calling for foster families, funds – WPXI


UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Every kennel is filled at South Hills Pet Rescue in Union Township in Washington County.

Dogs who need loving forever homes.

“We are really overwhelmed. We have approximately 60 dogs between the kennel and foster homes at any one time. So there are dogs of all sizes, all shapes that are hypoallergenic, non-hypoallergenic,” said Randi Fowler, board member of South Hills Pet Rescue.

Fowler is a retired Pittsburgh police officer with a passion for animal rescue.

“We need foster families. So this one here, this Great Dane that I took in as a foster family yesterday. She’s looking for a home, she’s 2, she was a rancher, chained outside,” Fowler said. “We are sort of starting all over again. We need people to help us. »

Fowler said the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the rescue.

“We manage. When we don’t have enough funds we can’t take on additional dogs and again we’re going to have to turn down rescues that we wish we could help,” said volunteer Ed Ellis.

Ellis is also the capital improvement manager of the rescue, which survives on fundraising.

Channel 11 was told that South Hills Pet Rescue is the only non-profit kennel in the area that is not subsidized by the state.

Right now he desperately needs volunteers to walk the dogs and raise the dogs.

But he also needs help with building and property maintenance.

“We need to paint, we need to redirect downspouts, we need to prune trees. These are quick capital improvement projects that we need to get done this fall,” Ellis said.

“Let’s face it. Kind of Pittsburgh is a family town and we need family to help us help them,” Fowler said.

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