Vein Institute of Pittsburgh Leads Support for Animal Friends

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Caring for people by day, animals by night, the founders, family and staff of the Vein Institute of Pittsburgh give to both people and pets.

On September 26th  and 27th, Dr. Krysinski, founding physician of the Vein Institute of PittsburghSM and Cosmetic Laser CentersSM, along with his wife Kim, son and staff, were lead sponsors of the very special two-day Animal Friends event Black Tie and Tails. The event took place at the Animal Friends shelter an 80-acre campus on Camp Horne road among the true party “animals” – the 200 homeless residents of Animal Friends.

The first night, Running at Large, was a casual evening where participants could dance the night away to a DJ, or just relax or both. The second night was Collared and Tagged, the more upscale, black tie event with live jazz, a formal dinner and spectacular auction. Renowned illustrator Patrick McDonnell, the creator of the nationally syndicated and much beloved comic strip MUTTS which appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries, also attended the event. An annual event, the Krysinski’s and staff of Vein Institute became involved last year at Black Tie and Tails and at the spring event of BowWow Bingo.

“We are delighted by the enthusiasm and support of the Krysinski’s and the staff of Vein Institute of Pittsburgh. Their outpouring of care for our cause, the animals and our volunteers and staff has been inspirational and greatly appreciated,” says Kathleen Beaver, chief operating officer of Animal Friends.

According to Dr. and Mrs. Krysinski, “We both grew up around lots of animals, even farm animals such as horses and goats. We knew we wanted to pass along the importance of caring for animals and the sick to our son. We have two dogs and several cats. It was tender and amazing to see our son bottle-feed abandoned kittens back to health. And as it has turned out, completely by coincidence, our entire staff happens to be ‘animal-people’ too and several staff members actively foster and find homes for many pets. Becoming involved in Animal Friends has given the entire team the opportunity to participate in a cause we all believe in.”

“In addition to Black Tie and Tails and BowWow Bingo,” continues Dr. and Mrs. Krysinski, “Animal Friends has many programs and volunteer opportunities including many camps and volunteer programs for children and teens, counseling, behavior training and clinics for spaying, neutering and vaccinations. October is a particularly special month, since it is Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet month.”

Dr. Krysinski was born, raised and a life-long resident of the North Hills community. He graduated from North Allegheny High School and attended Washington and Jefferson College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Krysinski earned his medical degree from Temple University and undertook his surgical training at Albert Einstein Medical Center. After completing his residency Dr. Krysinski began a private surgical practice in Western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Krysinski’s interest in lasers began while in medical school. He worked as a clinical researcher at Temple and studied the use of lasers in the treatment of lung and esophageal cancers. During his surgical residency, Dr. Krysinski expanded his interest in lasers to clinical experience. Now, in private practice, he uses his expertise in the techniques of lasers and laser surgery daily when treating patients.

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If you are interested in joining them in supporting Animal Friends, becoming a volunteer, learning more about their many programs or adopting or fostering a loving, furry companion, visit Animal Friends at their Camp Horne Road Location, call 412-847-7000 or visit