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Ownership of Reptiles Banned in Pittsburgh

Ownership of Reptiles Banned in Pittsburgh

This Spring, HAP is celebrating a major victory for reptiles: “On Tuesday, March 23, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 36, which bans the ownership of any Crocodilian species or any Red-eared slider, which includes alligators, crocodiles,...

Gardening for Animals and the Earth: Part 1

Gardening for Animals and the Earth: Part 1

I don’t know how everyone else feels, but the milder weather outside this past week in Pittsburgh has me thinking Spring! My partner and I moved into our first house back in the Summer of 2020. Until then, I’d always lived in apartments without any usable outdoor...

Hex and Jinx: Bettas Fresh Start at Life

Hex and Jinx: Bettas Fresh Start at Life

Imagine being stuck in a transparent porta-potty where no one walking past you cared to clean or help you escape. Awful, right? That’s how my Betta fish friends were living when they were surrendered to Ahimsa Safe Haven from a grocery store. You’ve probably read or...

Wildlife Corridors in Pennsylvania

Wildlife Corridors in Pennsylvania

Although many of us use outdoor recreation spaces extensively, this may be a year when our state, county, and city parks have been more valuable to us than ever before. We may think of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania as places with expansive amounts of green space...

Compassionate Gift Guide

Compassionate Gift Guide

​The holidays are upon us, and while 2020 means adjusting our typical holiday celebrations, that doesn’t mean the gift-giving has to stop! This year, choose compassionate gifts for everyone on your list! Compassion encompasses not just the animals, but also the...

The Life of a Thanksgiving Turkey

The Life of a Thanksgiving Turkey

This year, more than 49,000,000 turkeys will be served as part of Americans’ Thanksgiving feasts. This will be the end of a short and miserable life for a bird that was once referred to by Benjamin Franklin as a “respectable bird” and a “bird of courage.” Turkeys,...

Why We Adopt, Don’t Shop

Why We Adopt, Don’t Shop

This year, Humane Action Pittsburgh has been working hard to raise awareness about the conditions under which some commercially bred dogs are bred, born, and raised, building on previous work on a Puppy Mill Ban Ordinance. Earlier in October, Aimee wrote about...

The Horrors of Puppy Mills

The Horrors of Puppy Mills

Dogs are man’s best friend, and for great reason. They provide companionship, loyalty, protection, and unconditional love all their lives. However, man has faltered when it comes to fostering that relationship built on trust, instead commodifying them as a means to...

AUTHORS

Aimee Douglass is the Lead Blogger for the HAP blog, as well as HAP’s Strategic Analyst, and has been a volunteer with HAP since 2018. She is an active participant in the Compassionate Living campaign and in 2019 tabled at her first event for HAP. Aimee works in the healthcare industry and has a bachelors degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a masters degree in Communications with a health care focus from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Penn Hills with her husband and their three dogs.

Hannah Lewis is the Assistant Blogger and grant writer at HAP. She has been working with HAP since July of 2020. By day, she works as a literacy educator. She is an avid hiker, but also loves to spend time indoors curled up with a book and her long-haired cat, Frejya.