Pet Events: Pet Expo, First Caturday, free dog washes and photos with Santa

Pet expo

Cats have a bigger role than usual this year in the Pittsburgh Pet Expo presented by Healthy Pet Products this weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown.

The iCat-Feline Agility Trials will run all day every day at the expo, from  10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, more than 50 breeds will be judged at the International Cat Association’s World of Cats show at 3 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. Cat Show Parade of Champions.

Go to for the full schedule.

Leashed dogs, cats, ferrets and other pets attend for free. There are competitions, demonstrations, shows and giveaways with more than 200 exhibitors, including at least 15 shelters and rescues with adoptable pets.  

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for active military and people over 55, and free for children under 10. 

First Caturday

There’s still time for you and your pet to get to First Caturday at the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain in Schenley Park, Oakland. It’s at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Across the country on the first Saturday of each month, cat lovers gather with pets that enjoy being outdoors and meeting new friends, both feline and human. See the Facebook page First Caturday Pittsburgh by Schenley Plaza for updates.

Legislation update

How can you promote laws that keep animals safe? Come to a 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday to find out.

The Humane Society of the United States is holding a Town Hall Meeting at the Animal Friends shelter in Ohio Township. Speaking about legislation will be Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania director for HSUS, and former state legislator Roy Afferbach of Allentown. They will talk about how animal lovers “can turn their compassion into effective action.”

The meeting also marks the beginning of the new Humane Action Pittsburgh North chapter, which will meet regularly at Animal Friends.

The meeting is free, but RSVP by calling 412-847-7094 to let them know you’re coming. 

Dog wash

Larry’s Laundromutt in Sewickley is 10 years old, and owner Jeanie Barrett is celebrating with a free party on Nov. 10, 7-10 p.m., with wine from Courtyard Winery, champagne punch, hors do’oeuvres and dog washes.

Good-looking guys called “Barkendales” will administer the free washes, but donations will benefit the Beaver County Humane Society. 

Since it opened, the Laundromutt has donated $40,000 to benefit local shelters, rescues and animals. The shop is at 201 Ohio River Blvd., Sewickley (15143).

Photos with Santa

The natural pet supply store Petagogy is offering free pet photos with Santa from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Shadyside store and Nov. 18 at the Greensburg store.

Guests will get a free low-resolution digital photo of dogs, cats or other pets sitting on Santa’s lap. They’ll have the option of ordering custom prints, holiday cards or ornaments.

Jessica Wasik of Bark & Gold Photography will be shooting at Petagogy in Shadyside, 5880 Ellsworth Ave., 15232. Savannah Butler of Savvy Shots Photography will be at the Greensburg store, 6150 Route 30, Suite 300, 15601.

Dogs must be on leashes but retractable leashes are prohibited. Cats and other small pets must be in carriers.

See for more information or call 412-362-7387. 

— compiled by Linda Wilson Fuoco