Nearly every weekend, Jackie Armour and other volunteers are busy picking up dogs from overcrowded shelters in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and the Greater Pittsburgh area. “Typically, we get 15 to 20 dogs every weekend,” Armour said.
Armour is the president and co-founder of PAWS Across Pittsburgh, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing, rehabbing and rehoming unwanted, abandoned or neglected cats and dogs. The all-volunteer organization was created in April 2016 by Armour and a friend who were volunteering at a national pet rescue organization. “We wanted to do more at a local level and be hands-on where we could meet every foster and have a real say,” she said. While the other founder has moved on, Armour is still involved in the overall day-to-day operations of PAWS, despite having a family and a full-time job as a nurse.
PAWS rescues animals from shelters, owner surrenders, local animal control and the streets. They are unique in that there is no physical shelter; each rescued animal goes to a foster home where they are cared for until PAWS places them in a forever home.