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’43 Friends engages Pittsburgh’s most creative, ambitious and philanthropic professionals to support Animal Friends’ lifesaving mission. This select group of 43 professionals (and the pets who inspire them!) will be honored for their career success, involvement in our community and contribution to the growth of our region.

The number 43 was chosen as a way for us to reflect on our humble beginnings when we were founded in 1943, and celebrate how Animal Friends has evolved into the progressive, visionary organization that it is today.

And, we know that with the commitment of this group of 43 friends, lives will be saved and communities will be enriched.

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Jim Krenn


This funny guy has held Animal Friends near and dear to his heart for decades. A hometown boy with friends – human and animal alike – all over this city, and we’re proud to announce him as our Chair for this year’s class of ’43 Friends.

Jim made his mark as Pittsburgh’s morning king where his characters and comedy remained a Pittsburgh staple on the air waves for 25 years.

Jim has recently become a greeting card writer. Along with his good friends, Larry Richert, Dick Roberts and Rob Rogers, Yinzer Cards were created. He’s one of Pittsburgh’s most acclaimed, recognizable and beloved entertainers … and we could not be more thrilled to call him one of our closest friends.

Bogosta Family

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