AFA Shelter - Route 217, Latrobe
The winter of 1983 was cold and brutal. A pregnant, homeless black lab wandered the streets of Latrobe looking for a safe place to give birth. A local business woman saw her plight and took her home, knowing she must help her and others like her. At the time only the Greensburg Pound existed for stray or displaced companion animals and speedy euthanasia was always the answer to the problem.
Action For Animals (AFA) was founded that winter using a series of foster homes caring for these abandoned animals, ultimately adopting them to carefully screened families.
It was not until 1992 that AFA opened a 10 run kennel in rural Derry Township. A small Buckeye Barn warmed with a wood pellet stove was always full and volunteer adoption counselors did paperwork standing outside since the small building had no room for even a desk.
In 1996 land was purchased adjacent to the kennel and a fully operational adoption facility was constructed that summer. Our first real shelter was filled to capacity within weeks. AFA expanded to the very edge of the property to add a surgical facility, free range cattery, offices and visitation rooms. By the turn of the millennium we were out of space and began the search for more acreage. Our goal was to find land close to the major transportation corridor through Westmoreland County, Route 30. In 2005 we found the perfect location just outside Latrobe on R217 close to R30. A two year Capital Campaign allowed us to complete the purchase in 2006 and start building our second, much larger shelter. On May 12, 2007 we reopened as Action For Animals Humane Society.
Well designed concrete buildings included a surgical wing, isolation building, Tigre Pavilion cattery, indoor dog runs, intake rooms, separate dog and cat wings, private visitation areas and much needed storage rooms. Blessed's Dog Park with rambling concrete pathways allow our dogs accessibility for exercise outdoors.
Our large facility, ample grounds and comprehensive services have saved many more lives, increased adoptions and rescues and provided many vital services and interactive programs for the communities, and of course the precious companion animals, that Action For Animals Humane Society serves.