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Hey... wanna co-exist?

If you’ve ever been involved in animal protection, you’re probably familiar with the Gandhi quote: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Humane Options Pittsburgh (HOP!) was formed because we believe that concept applies on a municipal as well as a national level, and that it applies to all animals, from the domestic animals we share our homes with to the wildlife who share our outdoor environment, with its unique mix of rural and residential, concrete and greenery.

Our specific goal is to encourage co-existence between humans and those other city-dwellers who live in our backyards and parks, and to help residents find peaceful, non-lethal ways of dealing with any conflicts that arise. This is not just because we care about the animals, but because this is the smartest and safest approach, one that keeps animals at a healthy distance, helps stabilize their populations over time and thus minimizes the rabies risk.

On this website, you will find information on the current situation in the City of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania as a whole, and why it needs to change in many respects. What happens when you call city animal control or a private trapper? What are the state laws in relation to urban wildlife? What are your alternatives, in terms of avoiding problems with wildlife and dealing safely with any issues that do arise, from geese in parks to raccoons in attics? Where can you take an injured animal…? We’ll help you find the answers to those questions, and we also hope to foster a new attitude to, and affection for, the amazing creatures who live alongside us.

Hit the links to find out more. For the latest news, visit our Recent Posts in the sidebar.

Photo credit: Eric Issele

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