Another dog named “Anne,” a beautiful chocolate brown lab mix, is now living at a men’s shelter where she “gets to enjoy the company of people all day and enrich the lives of so many.”
And, of course, there was the dog who came into the shelter with the name, “Japan.”
“She had a slew of medical issues and allergies when she arrived at the Western PA Humane Society,” Sarah said.
Japan was sent to a foster home where she received “a lot of love and medical attention” until she started feeling better.
“When she returned to the shelter to find her forever home, I realized I couldn’t live without her,”
Sarah said, explaining that she adopted Japan and changed her name to “Adora.”
When animals arrive at the Western PA Humane Society, they are spayed or neutered, evaluated to decide what type of home they will thrive in, and in some circumstances, provided extensive medical care. She said they are seeing a decline in the number of animals they shelter each year. “Hopefully this means that our spay and neuter services are working and that we are providing resources to help keep pets in their homes. ” she said.
Sarah said the organization functions solely on the money it is able to raise and she said the Covelli-owned Panera Bread restaurants have been a large supporter each year helping the organization raise thousands of dollars through the Panera Pup Walk and other initiatives.
Since 2011, Panera has raised or donated about $75,000 to the organization.
The annual Panera Pup Walk sees hundreds of pet owners and their pets spend the day together in downtown Pittsburgh at the waterfront.
“Panera Bread is such a wonderful, amazing supporter of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, and we are so incredibly appreciative of all of their support” she said.
She said the restaurant also puts collection cans at the Panera Bread cash registers for one month for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.
“We have wonderful community support and that has allowed us to be an open door shelter. We leave our doors open and don’t turn away any animal in need. We rely on the kindness of the community to support us in continuing our mission.”