Pet Events: Catula goes a haunting, Pittsburgh Pet Expo and more

Halloween haunting

A Cornish Rex cat named Catula will be part of the “Ghost Watch” at 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night in the Early American Room in Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning in Oakland.

The free event is presided over by Nationality Rooms director E. Maxine Bruhns. Visitors will meet the unique white cat and learn about the haunted history of the third-floor room and its connection to writer Edgar Allen Poe.

Catula’s partner, Melissa Haas of Brookline, wrote and illustrated a children’s book about her big-eared cat, “The Misadventures of Dracula’s Cat.

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

The family dog, cat, ferret or any pet on a leash is welcome to join people at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo presented by Healthy Pet Products Nov. 3-5  at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown.

There’s two acres of competitions, meet and greets, demonstrations, shows, giveaways and photo opportunities with more than 200 vendors and exhibitors, including at least 15 shelters and rescues with adoptable pets.

The exhibits aren’t just dogs and cats. There are birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles, turtles and pot-bellied pigs. 

Popular returning features include dock-diving dogs, a grooming competition, an “Ask the Vet” booth, Kenny Sprouse with his birds and the Steel City Reptile Expo.

New this year is the International Cat Association’s World of Cats with 50 breeds competing in a cat show Sunday at 3 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. Parade of Champions. 

At the new “Stingray Encounter,” people can view and touch the velvety sea creatures. Each day will have dachshund races, blessing of the pets and the Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show.

The always-popular Pet Costume Contest, with prizes, is Sunday at 2 p.m. Register to compete at 12:30 p.m. 

Expo hours are 5-9 p.m. next Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. next Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for people 55 years and older or active military. Pets and children age 10 and under get in free. Friday is half-price night. Information:

Winged art

The Wings & Wildlife Art Show and marketplace at the National Aviary on the North Side will be held Nov. 4-5.

There’s no extra charge to see the show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s covered in general: $15 adults, $14 seniors, $14 children ages 2-12.

The art has been crafted in paint, photography, jewelry, ceramics and wood.

Tickets are $100 for the Opening Soiree and Benefit Auction at 6-10 p.m. Nov. 3. Meet and mingle with artists, including featured artist Maria DeSimone Prascak. For tickets, go to or call 412-258-9433.

Honoring a giver

Andrew Walter Guzzi loved animals and loved helping people. He died in 2012 at age 25, but his family and friends work to keep alive the memory of the young man who graduated from Upper St. Clair High School and Washington & Jefferson College. 

The sixth Celebration of Life to Honor Andrew Walter Guzzi is collecting donations to support Humane Animal Rescue and Wasington/Greene County Toys for Tots.

Last year, proceeds were used to renovate the Rabbit Room at the North Side shelter and provide toys to more than 5,000 children. 

Nov. 4 is the deadline to donate sports memorabilia, toys and other items that will be raffled off at the event, which will be Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m., at the Crown Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh South in Bethel Park.

Email to make a donation or RSVP to attend the event. Tickets are $20 for a pasta buffet, cash bar and a chance to win raffles, baskets and other items. 

— compiled by Linda Wilson Fuoco