Pet events: Lawrenceville cat crawl, feline massage and 31 Days of Compassion

Cat crawl

The Lawrenceville Cat Crawl next Saturday will feature cats and kittens from Animal Friends visiting unique shops and eateries along Butler Street. Staff and volunteers at the Ohio Township shelter invite everyone to “shop, eat, cuddle at a purr-fect Saturday in Pittsburgh.” Discounts begin at 10 a.m. and run till 7 p.m. at some of the 17 participating businesses.

Go to to pre-register for $10 and see the full list of participants. Or you can buy a purchase pass at the PNC Bank parking lot on Butler Street on the day of the event.

Lawrenceville Pet Supply, for instance, is offering 10 percent off purchases from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Pints on Penn is taking 10 percent off from 2-3 p.m. Taking 20 percent off are Industry Public House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Songbird Artistry from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Also participating are City Grows, Curiosity Shop, Franctuary, Gallery on 43rd Street, greenSinner, Hambone’s Pub, Joan, Lawrenceville Vision Care, Love Bikes, Nine Stories Pittsburgh, Phoenix Boutique, T’s Upholstery Studio and Wildcard.

Compassion in May

The Cat Crawl is part of Animal Friends 31 Days of Compassion, an annual May fundraiser. This year’s goal is to raise $250,000 from donations and events.

Compassionate donors have pledged to match 50 cents for every dollar donated by others up to $45,000.

The shelter’s mission includes a push to find homes for animals that have been in the shelter for three months or longer. Adoption fees will be reduced 31 percent Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ohio Township shelter, and adopted pets will go to their new homes with special gifts.

Next Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., there’s a free dog-friendly party at Arsenal Cider House, 300 39th St., Lawrenceville (15201). Get VIP treatment for a $25 donation to Animal Friends, including one glass of cider, a door prize ticket, doggie bandana, cider samples and snacks.

Spaghetti for cats

Homeless Cat Management Team and Pittsburgh C.A.T. (Cat Adoption Team) have joined up for a May 21 spaghetti dinner from 3-7 p.m. at J. Verno Studios, 3030 Jane St., South Side (15203). They’ve even arranged for valet parking.

Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. The spaghetti sauce is vegan marinara. Dinner includes a salad, roll, dessert and drinks. There are vegan and gluten-free options for dessert. The event will include a bake sale and auctions.

Tickets can be purchased at or at the door.

Dog festival

Bring your dog to Lucky’s fifth annual South Side Dog Festival from noon-5 p.m. May 21 at 24th and Carson streets.

The free block party goes on rain or shine with canine contests, face painting, carnival games, vendors and visits from rescue dogs. 

“Top Dog” sponsor is Petagogy pet stores in Shadyside and Greensburg. Other sponsors are Double Wide Grill, Humane Animal Rescue, South Side Works City Apartments, Brix@26 and WHIRL magazine.


Humane Animal Rescue sent a “Meowza!” email announcing classes for people who live with cats. The cats don’t get to attend.

A feline massage class is May 23, 7-8:30 p.m. They say massage is a great way to build or strengthen your bond with your cat.  A shelter expert will demonstrate “some wonderful techniques to spoil the special kitty in your life.”

Kitten 101 is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 17. Topics covered include nutrition, litter box usage, playtime and dealing with scratching.

Both classes will be at 1101 Western Ave., North Side (15233).

The fee is $15 per class. Seating is limited, so reservations are needed at or by calling 412-345-7300. Press 7 to get the North Side shelter.