Pet events: Adoptons, parties and a cat cafe

Free senior adoptions 

Senior dogs, cats and rabbits can be adopted for free today, Monday and Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) from the Beaver County Humane Society.

The WearWoof upscale resale shop in Ross has an Adopt-a-Sweetheart initiative that includes paying the adoption fees at the Center Township shelter for animals age 7 or older. All sales at the store benefit local shelters and rescue groups. 

BCHS will also team with radio stations 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA for a “Have a Heart for Animals” live remote broadcast from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the Beaver Valley Mall. Shelter staff and volunteers will be on hand with adoptable senior pets. There’s free lunch on a first-come, first-served basis and prizes. People are asked to bring an item from the shelter’s wish list, which is available online at Items include non-clumping clay kitty litter, timothy hay, non-ultra bleach, paper towels and garbage bags.

The shelter at 3394 Brodhead Road is open 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

More free adoptions

All adoptions at Animal Friends are free today and Sunday, thanks to the Find True Love Adopt-a-Thon sponsored by High Hopes.

Adopted dogs will leave the Ohio Township shelter with a free goodie bag of High Hopes natural dog food and treats. Paula Etchison, founder of High Hopes, says the company donates a portion of every sale to shelters and rescue groups.

Helping with grief

Licensed clinical social worker Elizabeth Babcock will help people deal with grief at the Healing Hearts Pet Loss Grief Seminar Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bridgeville.

The session is presented by Deb Chebatoris of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. It is free, but participants must call 412-220-7800 to reserve a spot.

Cat cafe to open

The Colony Cafe, where people can enjoy wine, coffee and food with adoptable cats from Animal Friends, will open Thursday at 1125 Penn Ave. in the Strip District. 

“We are thrilled to bring this unique concept to Pittsburgh. We fell in love with this city, and our ability to host our neighbors is both a privilege and a pleasure,” said Sue and Erik Hendrickson, former Brooklyn residents who moved here to open the facility.

The shelter cats, who will live at the cafe until they are adopted, have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. Guests pay $8 an hour to interact with the cats in the upstairs Cat Loft. Reservations are not necessary but suggested at

Cafe hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. for the Cat Loft. The loft is closed from 2-3 p.m. each day so the cats can nap. On opening day, Colony will offer  free samples of brewed coffee while the cats are sleeping.

Wash & Wine

Larry’s Laundromutt in Sewickley is having a Valentine Wash & Wine at 7-9 p.m. Friday. A $20 donation benefits animals at Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society.

The donation gets you “a dog wash for your furry valentine,” wine, hors d’eouvres and a chance to win raffle prizes. The wash-your-own-dog place is at 201 Ohio River Blvd., Sewickley (15123).

Little black dress party

Women are invited to wear their LBDs on Feb. 19, 5-8 p.m., to benefit the Pittsburgh Spay Neuter Project.

WearWoof, the upscale retail shop in Ross, is throwing the party at Willow restaurant, 634 Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township, near the Animal Friends shelter.

The event features a raffle with more than 100 prizes, including handbags, wallets and wristlets from Prada, Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, Coach and Rebecca Minkoff, and jewelry, accessories, and raffle baskets. Light hors d’oeuvres and soda are provided. A cash bar is available.

A red lip bar, makeup artist color palette consultation, design your own bracelet bar and other beauty bars will be available. Tickets are $45 each at Proceeds from purchases made at the nonprofit go to 22 Western Pennsylvania shelters and animal rescue groups. 

Linda Wilson Fuoco: or 412-263-3064 or on Facebook.