Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley

Our Shelter

533 Linden Avenue
New Kensington, PA 15068


Please note that you are only able to turn onto Linden Avenue from 366 Southbound. Please see our contact us page for directions. 

Open Hours

Closed Monday

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

What types of animals do you care for?

Animal Protectors cares for dogs and cats who are awaiting their forever homes.

How is Animal Protectors different from other shelters?

Animal Protectors is a non-profit shelter. This means that we run completely off of donations and fundraising events. Our non-profit status gives us the ability to focus all our funds to caring for our animals and finding homes for them. We are also no-kill, meaning that we never euthanize for space. Animal Protectors serves as animal control for the City of New Kensington. The majority of our animals are found as strays or neglect cases and turned in by local authorities and community members.

Where does Animal Protectors get its funding, and how can I help?

Animal Protectors is a non-profit shelter and a majority of our funding comes from donations and fundraising events. The shelter does occasionally receive grants to assist with the cost of running the shelter, but it is the generosity of the community that allow for the day-to-day operations. Take look at our Ways to Give page to see the numerous ways you can help the shelter financially 

We are constantly looking for new and interesting ways to get the community involved in helping to maintain and fund the shelter. If you are interested in helping us in this area, consider becoming a volunteer and joining the fundraising team. 


Details on adopting an animal can be found on our adoption page.

How much does it cost to adopt an animal? 

Click here for our adoption prices. 

What is the process for adopting a pet from Animal Protectors?

Whether you have just seen a picture of a pet on our website or if you stopped down and saw the animal at the shelter, we always suggest that you spend a little bit of time with the animal to get to know them a little bit. Once you have decided you would like to adopt a particular animal, you will fill out an application and turn it in to our office. We will then complete the necessary veterinarian and property checks. If everything clears, we will call you to set up a time for you to pick up your new pet.


We are always looking for volunteers to help at the shelter! There are many areas to help. Whether it’s petting cats, walking dogs, helping in the office, or fundraising, we will be glad to have you on as part of our team. Please look at our volunteer opportunity page for a list of areas to volunteer. 

Where do I sign up?

Please download a volunteer application. Applications may be emailed, mailed or hand delivered to the shelter office.

 How old do I have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age for dog care volunteers and office/adoption volunteers is 18. After six months of consistent volunteering in other areas, volunteers aged 16-17 may be considered for dog care opportunities. Children 16-17 years of age may volunteer in all other capacities with signed permission of parent or legal guardian, who is required to accompany the child to the shelter to sign the waiver. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to volunteer or to accompany parents during their hours of service. If you are under 16 years of age and wish to volunteer, we encourage you to explore fundraising projects that you can do for the shelter. We have had many individuals and groups organize donation drives at schools or began projects to raise money for the shelter within the community.

My group wants to volunteer, who do I contact?

Animal Protectors is a small shelter so at this time we are not able to have large groups of people volunteer together due to space constraints. We do offer tours of the shelter if your group is interested, and we have worked with groups on special projects such as fundraising, maintenance or educational sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in more information. 

Our Animals

We are always looking for homes for all our animals. Visit our animals page to see pictures and descriptions of some of our animals. Also consider visiting them in person during our open hours.

How many animals do you have at your facility?

Our maximum capacity is 23 dogs and about 30 cats. These numbers do not include the animals that are in foster care. Foster care allows us to help even more animals. If you are interested in opening your heart and home to an animal in need, please see our information on becoming a foster parent

Do you accept unwanted animals on a walk-in basis?

We always ask that a person reconsider giving up their animal. If it is not a possibility to keep them then we suggest they try to find a good home for them, possibly with friends or family members who are looking for an addition to their family. 

Because Animal Protectors is animal control for New Kensington, there are many instances where we are not able to accept unwanted or owned animals. There is often only enough space for the stray and abandoned animals in the area. For more information, take a look at our animal intake policy.

General Questions

What can I do to locate my lost pet?

If your pet is lost, the best thing to do is to call the local animal shelters and animal control in your area. Ask if anyone has brought in or found a lost animal and give them the description of your pet and your contact information. Pictures are incredibly helpful in this process. In addition to this, post flyers with a photo and description of your pet and spread the word amongst all of your neighbors and friends so they may help you keep an eye out for your pet.

You can also look on our resources page for a list of local shelters.

Do you offer spay and neuter services?

While Animal Protectors does spay and neuter all of the animals before they are adopted, we do not have the accommodations to offer spay and neuter services to the public. There are many low cost spay and neuter services in the Pittsburgh area though. Please see our Spay and Neuter education page or our resource page for more information.

What should I do if I suspect or see someone abusing an animal?

There are many different forms of abuse and neglect. Please read about what you should do if you witness this in the Abuse/Neglect section of our website.