Creating a new home base to suit the needs of this longtime member of the Homewood community was the heart of this project. After reviewing several sites, the Humane Animal Rescue (formerly known as the Animal Rescue League) of Pittsburgh chose to build its new facility a few blocks from the site of its former location. With Humane Animal Rescue’s mission in mind, to provide care to all animals in need and to educate the public, Strada embarked on designing a welcoming place that will provide support and comfort for furry, scaly, and winged inhabitants as they recuperate and await forever homes. In collaboration with architects at Animal Arts and builders at PJ Dick, the team delivered a bright new 35,000-SF facility that provides ample room for its guests, including dogs, cats, rabbits, humans, and more. A bright and colorful entry corridor allows guests to explore the building by looking through portals of different heights and sizes to discover dogs and cats ready for adoption. There are also “cuddle rooms” where animals and humans can spend time together away from the cages.
Nearly every animal residence has access to natural light, and the building includes state-of-the art veterinary treatment rooms that facilitate all levels of care. A large, bright community room provides a place for training classes, and a small shop offers supplies for purchase when taking a new best friend home.