Pet events: A shopping trip will assist shelter pets

Shopping for shelter pets

Get discounts on your shopping while helping the dogs, cats and rabbits at Animal Friends.

The Mutts at McCandless Crossing discount shopping is set for Friday from 1-8 p.m. at the shopping center at the intersection of McKnight Road and Duncan Avenue. Go to and click on “events” to register and get your $10 shopping pass.  Proceeds benefit the Ohio Township shelter. 

Nine shops and businesses are participating, including Gifted Hands Gift Shop, 711 Providence Blvd., where it is giving away “store-made puppy kisses lip balm” from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Get a “goodie bag” at Pet Valu at 9190 Covenant Ave. and a coupon off purchases, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Get 10 percent off purchases at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 9051 St. Simon Way, from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Deer Creek Winery, 711 Providence Blvd., is handing out raffle tickets for a $75 basket, and you get 10 percent off a purchase at DiBella’s Subs, 9030 St. Simon Way, both from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

At LongHorn Steakhouse, 9150 Covenant Ave., get 10 percent off and a raffle entry for a gift card, from 11 am.-11 p.m. From 4-10 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 8650 Duncan Ave., is handing out dinner flyers to be used at the restaurant on May 29, when a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Animal Friends.

WesBanco, 617 Duncan Ave., is offering a free gift, from 8:45 am.-6 p.m. RE/MAX, 8858 Covenant Ave., is offering raffle entries from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Humane award

Humane Action Pittsburgh has been named the HSUS-PA Volunteer Team of the Year for 2016. The honor was awarded by the Humane Society of the United States.

Members of the 2-year-old organization “have mobilized advocates in the community to give a unified voice” on issues that affect animals, said Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania state director for HSUS.

“They build relationships with federal and state legislators” as well as with elected officials in Pittsburgh, Ms. Tullo said. HAP members stay in touch with legislators as they lobby and advocate for legislation.

The current push is for state legislation that would enact harsher penalties for people who abuse animals. HB 1238 recently passed in the state House, and it is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Animal advocates hope it will voted on this month.

Humane Action Pittsburgh persuaded Pittsburgh officials to declare “Meatless Mondays” in the city. Ms. Tullo calls it a small step to make people aware of the changes they can make to help animals — “whether they are vegetarian of flexitarian,” the term she uses for people who have some vegetarian meals and some meals with meat.

Humane Action Pittsburgh president Brian Bonsteel and vice president of legislative affairs Natalie Ahwesh accepted the award in Harrisburg on April 24. More than 200 supporters of animal rights and animal welfare showed up for the event, which is spearheaded by HSUS.