Pet Events: Racing for animals; list of pet-friendly cities

Get ready to race

If you like animals and like to run, join the Paws Over Pittsburgh Marathon Team, which is raising money for Humane Animal Rescue’s shelters in Pittsburgh and Verona. 

Although the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon isn’t until May, training has started. Go to to register or for information. Or call Melissa Smith at 412-345-7300, ext. 204.

In 2017, the shelter team raised $115,00 for animals in the Homewood and North Side shelters and the wildlife rehabilitation center in Verona. The goal for 2018 is $125,000.

We’re No. 47

Scottsdale, Ariz., is the most pet-friendly city in the country and Newark, N.J., is the least, according to WalletHub, the personal finance website.

Pittsburgh is about average — 47th on the list of 100 large cities. Philadelphia is 93rd and Cincinnati is No. 8.

The annual cost of caring for a pet ranges from $227-$2,000, WalletHub says, and where you live can greatly influence costs, especial for veterinary care and pet insurance.

Pittsburgh ranks 26th in outdoor pet friendliness, 45th in pet budget rank and 82nd in pet wellness.

The rest of the top 10 are: Phoenix; Tampa, Fla.; San Diego; Orlando, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Austin, Texas; Cincinnati; Atlanta; and Las Vegas. 

At the bottom are Charlotte, N.C.; Anchorage, Alaska; Philadelphia; Buffalo, N.Y.; Santa Ana, Calif.; Boston; New York; Honolulu; Baltimore; and Newark, N.J.

Go to to see the full report.

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