Pitt’s People for Pets

Issue Date: 
January 27, 2014

The Pitt Police Department’s two canines, Officers Riggs (four legs, bottom right) and Filo (exploring in nearby room) served as honorary cochairs of the Pitt’s People for Pets drive. Standing at Animal Friends, from left, are John Wilds, Pitt assistant vice chancellor for community relations; Eula Houston, Animal Friends’ animal care and enrichment coordinator; and Kannu Sahni, director of community relations, Pitt’s Office of Community and Governmental Relations. Kneeling is Pitt Police Officer David Nanz, who is Officer Rigg’s partner. Not pictured is Corey Rodgers, partner of K-9 Officer Filo.

Officials from the University of Pittsburgh delivered more than 2,100 pounds of animal food and $2,200 in donations to Animal Friends, a shelter in Kilbuck Township, North Hills. The food and donations, along with pet toys and treats, were collected on the Pittsburgh campus during November as part of the annual Pitt’s People for Pets drive. The donations support Animal Friends’ Chow Wagon, which helps struggling families avoid having to choose between feeding themselves or their pets. The Chow Wagon animal food and pet-toy donations serve more than 1,000 families and are distributed through 24 area food pantries.