Happy Howlidays! As you know, 2021 has been quite different for AC&W. We have been adapting to many changes this year, but we have continued to stay busy during the transition. Although we had to put our actual adoption program on hold, we still came to the aid of several kittens throughout the summer and fall by nursing them back to health and finding them their forever homes. We hope to start our adoption program again in 2022 once we have the new accommodations to house adoption pets. The plans are currently in motion so we hope that you will continue to follow us as we get ready to do what we do best…saving homeless pets in need!
We are also continuing our efforts to help families and shelters in need of supplies. We would like to again thank everyone who has donated food, treats, toys, clothing and bedding. With the help of No Dog Left Behind, many of these supplies have been distributed down South while we have been providing assistance to some local rescue organizations. These items are needed now more than ever with the recent tornadoes. If you would like to help us, we are still collecting donations at two Pittsburgh locations - Healthy Pet Products in Cranberry Township and Petco in Ross Township. Together we are all doing a lot of good!
We are excited to announce that we have updated our website. It has a brand new look featuring great information and many of our previous adoption pets. We hope you will take a look! With your assistance, we are hoping to showcase more of our alumni pets. If you would like to include your pet, please email your update and photos to
We love to stay in touch with our adopters and their pets through the years!
  If you are considering adopting a pet before we restart our program, please make sure that you are adopting from a reputable organization or shelter. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We advise that you inquire about the pet’s health, temperament and how long it has been with the shelter or rescue. Often times, rescue pets are not evaluated for their temperaments and you may not know if they are potentially food aggressive or good with other pets and children. These are important things you may need to know when you are welcoming a new pet into your home. This information will help you make the best possible decision for you and your family. AC&W takes pride in helping our potential adopters by gaining valuable knowledge about our adoption pets through temperament testing. Adding a new furry friend to the family should be an exciting and happy experience and we want to ensure that you have all the information you need for a successful adoption.
“I got a reminder that today (10/6) is the anniversary of Oskar (formally known as Harrison) coming into our lives and we are so grateful and happy…I can’t thank you enough for letting us have this amazing clown.” Congratulations Oskar!  

Picking your pet’s new name can be challenging. Just for fun, we wanted to see what names made the top of the list this year. According to Rover’s annual list, these are the most popular pet names for 2021:
Female dog names: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe
Male dog names: Max, Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky
Female cat names: Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala
Male cat names: Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max

Everyone wants to spoil their pets during the holidays so here are some tips when looking for the “pawfect” treats. We recommend treats made in the USA with all natural ingredients. Avoid artificial dyes, sugar, preservatives and meat by-products. Look for ingredients like whole meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Fish is also a great treat for dogs and cats, because it is low in fat and a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
A healthy pet is a happy pet!
Remembering Esther Hackwelder
A beloved friend and animal lover
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our beloved friend, Esther, on February 21, 2021 only nine months shy of her 100th birthday. She volunteered for Animal Care & Welfare Inc. for 50 years making her our oldest member and she resided on our board of directors until her retirement in 2013. We will always remember her for her love, compassion and dedication to the animals. It was an honor to have known her and we will continue to be enriched by our fond memories of her friendship, humor and wisdom.

According to her family, “Esther was known to carry milk bones in her purse as she was notorious for taking in strays. She was a gifted and beautiful writer and wrote many wonderful poems and stories. She was an avid reader and read several books at one time. Esther enjoyed gardening, flowers and all the beauty of God's majesty. Through the years, she spent much time in Cambridge Springs on her father's farm after he retired. Creative, friendly, thoughtful and kind, Esther enjoyed being with people. She loved going out for a meal and enjoying the company of those at the table. Esther took pleasure in the simple things of life: a cup of tea with cream and nine sugars, peanut butter ice cream, all sweets, a good book, and a dog in her lap.
All who knew Esther were richly blessed by her long and fruitful life. Although not rich in money, she would always say she was rich in friends…Over the years Esther endeared many and she will be remembered as EVERYONES' Aunt Esther.”

We will greatly miss our dear friend Esther, but we know she is in great company now surrounded by every animal she ever saved and loved. Her memory is deeply cherished and forever with us as she guides us in our ongoing mission to help homeless pets.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Esther Hackwelder or learn more about Animal Care & Welfare Inc., please visit our website at
“Animals bring love to our hearts, and warmth to our souls” – Colleen Klaum
How your donations have been helping Animal Care & Welfare Inc.
You helped us take care of many kittens like Klo-ee
this summer and fall during peak kitten season. 
Many kittens like her were left to fend for themselves, hungry, malnourished and in desperate need of
medical attention. 

With your donations, these kittens were able to be nursed back to health, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and placed in their forever homes.

There are still many homeless animals like Klo-ee that need our assistance. Every year, there are hundreds of kittens who aren’t as lucky as she was and never get that second chance at life.

THANKS TO YOU, we can continue our efforts to help those who cannot help themselves.
We couldn’t do it without YOUR support! 
Wishing everyone and their furry friends all our best in the new year. 
We are looking forward to seeing you in 2022!

Would you like to become an
ACW member? 

An annual membership of $25.00
includes a membership card with
10% off ACW merchandise
and an ACW zipper pouch.
Please visit our website below for
more information or simply click
on the button below.
Our adoption pets thank you in
advance for your support!
Animal Care and Welfare Inc., founded by Ed and Kay Blotzer, incorporated since 1970, was created for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals.

AC&W is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported solely by donations. The all-volunteer
Board of Directors appreciates your support: 
Sue Krul - President
Bonnie Evans-Magdalene - Treasurer
Barbara Kagarise - Secretary

A public service to people and pets without cost to taxpayers, operated by volunteers. 
Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A Non-Profit Society. The official registration and
financial information of Animal Care and Welfare Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Dept. of State
by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.
Registration does not imply endorsement.
All animals pictured in this newsletter were helped through the efforts of
Animal Care & Welfare Inc. 
Animal Care & Welfare Inc.