The grand opening festivities began with a ribbon cutting featuring Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, Animal Friends Board Chair Gina Carlos and Animal Friends President & Chief Executive Officer David Swisher. The Wellness Center augments Animal Friends’ efforts to end the cost and suffering of pet overpopulation, through a commitment to low-cost spay/neuter services and other wellness resources. The center also features new storage and drop-off/pick-up areas so that donated food is quickly distributed to the regional food pantries where it is needed most. “Our experience and hands-on work in our local communities has made it abundantly clear that there are still too many limited-income pet owners who cannot afford care for their pets. And, it’s the pets who are suffering,” said Animal Friends Board member and Campaign Honorary Chair, Howard Ash.