Many of us find it impossible to think that our beloved cats and dogs could be anywhere but our homes, curled up by our feet or playing in the yard. For many pets, though, everyday life looks much different. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that approximately 6.5 million companion animals in the United States end up in animal shelters every year. Significantly decreasing this number may seem like an impossible task, but by tackling the problem of animal homelessness from every angle, a Pittsburgh-based "companion animal resource community" has saved and improved the lives of countless pets... and humans.
In the state of Pennsylvania alone, there are between 13,000 and 15,000 kids in the foster care and child welfare system, according to the Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association. Due to a lack of resources, many of these children are moved through the system by adults who have the best intentions, but may inadvertently place the children in living arrangements that can negatively affect them.
Child homelessness is often thought to be rare in developed nations like the United States, but the truth is far grimmer. The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness estimates that 1.3 million children in public schools were affected by homelessness last year, and between 2016 and 2017, over 3,500 youths experienced homelessness in Allegheny County alone. Unreliable living situations or having to live in shelters (or worse, on the streets) can make obtaining a quality education seem nearly impossible. But the Homeless Children's Educational Fund is working to change that.
Whether it's for workers' compensation benefits, social security disability disputes or personal injury cases - Mitch Dugan has dedicated the past 17 years of his life to helping others receive the coverage they deserve as the founder of Dugan & Associates. Dugan's firm provides legal representation services to clients with no fee unless a recovery is made, providing a risk-free option to those seeking professional help for tough situations.
In late October, Mitch Dugan visited Banksville Elementary School in Greentree to spend a morning with some very special third graders as part of an annual educational effort by the Greentree Rotary Club, where Mitch is an active member. And he brought a big box of dictionaries along with him!
When you consider the rugged, hardworking background that has helped make Pittsburgh what it is today, the fact that rugby is a growing sport in the region should come as no surprise. One of the people pushing for that growth is Sam Angelo: a board and team member of the Pittsburgh Forge.
Today, Pittsburgh is growing into a booming community of technological and medical innovation. Built on a deep foundation of industry--much of which persists not only spirit but in the new as well as historic businesses that call our region home--our city continues to play a role on national and international stages. The journey Pittsburgh has taken as the city of steel began even before the United States was officially formed.
Since March of 1997, the Humane Animal Rescue in Verona, PA has been providing a solution for Western Pennsylvanians who encounter injured or abandoned wildlife. The Rescue's Wildlife Center, which treats and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals, has helped over 4,000 animals this year alone under the leadership of Jill Argall, who is the director of the Wildlife Center and humane education department.
At Dugan & Associates, we seek to use our blog to help bring attention to the people working hard to make our communities better.