Pet events: Shots, calendar contest and winning blogger

Low-cost shots

Low-cost vaccines for dogs and cats will be offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Homewood facility of Humane Animal Rescue, 6926 Hamilton Ave., 15208.

Owners should bring a record of their pets’ previous vaccines. Payment can be made with Visa, Mastercard or cash. No checks accepted.

Rabies shots are $10 for felines and canines.

Also available for cats are feline distemper (FVRCP) for $14, FeLV $18 and FeLV/FIV Test $30. Packages combining multiple vaccines are $65-$80.

Dogs can get the puppy vaccine (DHPP) for $14, bordatella $11, leptospirosis $12.50 and Lyme disease $20. Combo packages cost $32-$64.

Microchips are $15. Heartworm tests are $17.

Low-cost clinics are also scheduled for Aug. 20 in Homewood and July 30 and Sept. 3 at the North Side shelter, 1101 Western Ave., 15233.

Casting call

Pet Valu is looking for 13 animals to star in 2018 calendars that will be sold in the pet stores in November. There is no fee to enter, and the calendars, which sell for $5, have raised $572,926 since 2011. That money goes to local animal cruelty prevention groups.

Send pet photos to, which has instructions and guidelines. The entry deadline is Friday.

Mittens, a cat from Owings Mills, Md., is on the cover of the 2017 calendar. She was an animal cruelty survivor before she was adopted by her current family. After Mittens and her two kittens were set on fire in an alley, she saved her kittens but lost most of both ears.

“The annual event at Pet Valu is dedicated to ensuring that this kind of animal cruelty never happens to another pet,” according to the news release. 

Winning blogger

Tori Mistick of Point Breeze has won for Best Pet Blog Design at the BlogPaws 2017 Nose to Nose Awards. On her Wear Wag Repeat blog, she reports that she and her chocolate Labrador retriever Lucy “road-tripped” to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to pick up the award.

Ms. Mistick says her blog is “a fashion blog for dog moms” with do-it-yourself projects.