WPHS Celebrates Senior Pet Month

With striking green eyes, long whiskers and a soft coat, Nico is obviously a good-looking kitty.  But this handsome feline has been waiting for his forever home for almost a month now.  Honestly, we cannot figure out why.  To be fair, Nico did come to us with a vision impairment (he is essentially blind).  But other than that, he is a normal kitty who wants someone to love him, and to love someone in return.

So why is Nico still here?  Our best guess is that it may have something to do with the age on the kennel card that hangs from his cage.  Since Nico was abandoned at the shelter, we had to estimate his age.  After taking a look, our veterinarians estimated this darling boy to be around 10 years old.  While kittens and young cats are quick to be adopted, often our animals in their senior years end up being in a shelter longer than their younger counterparts – simply for their age.

If you did not already know, November is “Adopt a Senior Pet” month.  If you have never thought about adopting an older pet – now is the time!  Nico is just one of the many animals at the WPHS who are in their “golden years.”

Like Sissy…

                                                       …. or Ram

… and Scamp!

With senior pets, there is no guess work that comes with these animals.  What you see is what you get.  The personality, health issues, quirks,  and behavior of each older animal is well documented and understood.  The truth is senior animals are who they are, and you know what you are walking into when you adopt one.  But they are just as loving and in need of a great home as younger animals. You just have to be willing to open your heart. Visit www.wpahumane.org  to see all of our senior pets waiting for their retirement home!


Changing Lives!


Hello Friends…

As the sun rises, I wake on my soft blanket to a smiling face, gentle head pets and a “Good Morning, Gretta!”. After my morning stretches and a tasty breakfast, I venture outside into the crisp morning air. A kind human enjoys some snuggles, pets and a nice walk with me before returning me to my room at the shelter and taking the next dog out. This has been my daily schedule since February 13th when I was found wandering alone in New Castle and brought to the Western PA Humane Society.

I am quite the popular girl here at WPHS, and my friends think I’m a perfect reminder of why even more people should give us a hand (or a paw.) In just 4 days, my human friends will join together and run in the 2013 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. They have worked so incredibly hard to raise money for the animals here at the Western PA Humane Society who are waiting for their forever homes.

Many of our runners are the same people I count on every day, from the staff who dedicate their lives to find loving homes for animals like me, to the volunteers who always make sure we have daily walks and extra snuggles.

These people are truly amazing- they save lives like mine every day. Now they need your help! Please visit our Pittsburgh Marathon fundraising page and consider donating, whether it be to a specific runner or the WPHS team! If you can’t spare any money right now, you can help by passing my plea to anyone that you think is able.

The 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon raised over $56,000 for the homeless animals here at WPHS. Lets work together to help them raise even more in 2013! 


Let’s help them to help us!

Love & Snuggles,

Gretta Beans 



Cat Cuddler Chronicle

Cat Cuddler Chronicle

Cat Cuddler Chronicle

 February 16, 2012

“The Sweethearts”

 Imagine you’d reached your golden years and were enjoying a life of bird watching, cushions, and sunny windowsills. And then you lost your home. Meet Max and Olivia, our shelter’s newest feline retirees. Their humans had to move and couldn’t take them, so now this darling couple—he’s 8, she’s 10—waits for a new forever home.

 They’re a dashing duo: Olivia is a demure, pretty girl who wears her gorgeous tortie coat with not a hair out of place, plus she’s got a sweet white stripe down her nose for extra glamour. Max is her go-to guy at the front of their cage. He’s a husky white and black tabby who loves to head-bump and let you know he soooo appreciates your visit.

 Age brings wisdom and these two kitties know how to love you, love each other, purr up a storm, and relax. When I visited with them as a Cat Cuddler, Olivia sat on her shelf and purred while Max took center stage. They tell me they’re friends for life and would love stay together.

 They’re looking for a calm place with an older family who’ll respect their ages and appreciate their wonderful, quiet-cat personalities. Do you have room in your heart and home for this special couple?

 –Lois Williams