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PHONE: 724-548-4520


EMAIL: orphansofthestorm@hotmail.com


IMPORTANT: THE SHELTER IS CLOSED until July 1 due to an outbreak of distemper. We will be adopting out foster animals who were not exposed.

Please call for questions or to set up surgery appointments. If you have donations of supplies or papers we are still accepting as staff will be at shelter during regular hours.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time!

Adopting A Friend

We want you to find the perfect pet for your family, and become their forever home!   To make sure the adoption is a good match, our procedure is:

1.    All family members must come & meet the pet to be adopted.

2.    The new family signs a pre-adoption questionnaire & agreement.

3.    There is a three-day waiting period while we review/verify the adoption agreement, references.

4.    The pet is prepared for his/her new home: spayed or neutered (if not done already);  updated on vaccinations including an "8-Way distemper shot, rabies and bordetella;  Advantage flea prevention, Avid (micro-chipped).

DOGS are heartworm tested & stool checked, and wormed if needed.

CATS have a four-way vaccination, and if over 12 weeks rabies vaccinated, stool checked & wormed if needed, leukemia & combo tested. 

To help defray these costs, there is an adoption fee for the adopted pets at our shelter.  


Who We Are

Orphans of the Storm is located in Armstrong County. We were established in 1969 to provide temporary shelter for unwanted and abused animals. We match lovable animals with loving forever homes, educate the public on humane, responsible care of all animals, and promote spaying and neutering to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Orphans of the Storm is a no-kill animal shelter. This means we euthanize an animal only if it is suffering with no hope to be cured, or if the animal is a danger to people or other animals.


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WE ALSO NEED: Taste of Wild Dog Food (fowl flavored), Purina Dog Chow, Purina Puppy Chow (pug on bag), Purina One Puppy Food, Purina Kitten Chow, canned dog food, cat litter (clay), Purina Beyond Cat Food, Purina Indoor Cat Food, laundry detergent, dog and cat shampoo (not flea and tick), adjustable dog collars, leashes.

Walk, groom and spend time with the shelter's dogs
Spend time with the cats
Volunteer with our Pittsburgh Mills Mall cats & kittens
Foster home dogs & puppies, cats & kittens
Videotape (smart phone?) our animals to add to pets’ Petfinder descriptions
Offsite events (fund raisers, pet adoption days)
General maintenance
Follow up calls for adopted animals
Prepare newspapers for cage use (may be done offsite)
Donate aluminum cans

CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS! WE NEED YOU! Orphans of the Storm needs volunteers to spend time with the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at the shelter. Our next volunteer orientation will be in July, after the shelter reopens. Thank you for you patience!




We only have two volunteers for our 30+ felines!

See a video on volunteering with our felines!!


SUNDAY DOG WALKERS! from 8 - 10 a.m. Start your week off on a grrreat note!


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us today!

PLEASE NOTE: Those needing volunteer hours for community service need to contact the shelter directly at 724-548-4520.

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VISIT US!  Please see our hours at the top of the page. Orphans of the Storm is located on Rt. 85 about three miles east of Kittanning.

FROM THE SOUTH AND WEST: Follow Routes 28/66/422. Remain on 28/66 to end of bypass (remain in RIGHT lane). At traffic signal, turn right onto Rt. 85. Orphans of the Storm is about 1/4 mile on the left hand side.

FROM THE EAST: Follow Rt. 422 to the intersection with Rts.28/66 north (New Bethlehem and Clarion). Take Rts.28/66 north. Stay in RIGHT lane at traffic signal. Turn right onto Rt. 85 (about one mile to first traffic signal); turn right onto Rt. 85. We are about 1/4 mile on the left side.

FROM THE NORTH: Take Rt. 28/66 to intersection with Rt. 85 (traffic signal). Turn left onto Rt. 85; we are about 1/4 mile on left.

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