Pet Events: Mall wildlife, Penguins and dogs calendar, Greyhound bazaar and more

Wildlife at the mall

Meet the educational wildlife ambassadors of Humane Animal Rescue from 1-5 p.m Saturday at The Galleria in Mt. Lebanon.

The ambassadors are wild-born animals that were orphaned or injured and taken to the rehabilitation center in Verona. While the goal is to return animals to their natural habit, some stay at the center because they would not survive in the wild. The event also has a coloring contest for children, grab bags and light refreshments.

Wine and paint

At a fundraiser to help cats, you can drink wine and paint a portrait of your pet at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at SNPJ Lodge 89, 1305 Grant St., Bulger (15019). Monday is the deadline to email a photo of your own pet, which will be transformed into an outline that you can paint.

“Wine a Little, Paint a Lot” benefits Nose 2 Tail Cat Rescue, which helps stray and feral cats in Washington County. The all-volunteer organization has low-cost  spay and neuter programs and has found homes for 204 cats in 2017.

There will be door prizes, 50/50 raffle and baskets. Wine and other drinks will be provided, but guests are welcome to BYOB and bring snacks to share.e drinking and painting will start  The cost is $40, and half of that goes to veterinarians for spay and neuter surgeries.

Reserve a spot and send your pet photo to Payment can be made online or mailed. Checks made out to Nose 2 Tail can go to 348 Valley St., McDonald, Pa. 15057. Or go to and pay online.

Show dogs on TV

Thanksgiving Day at noon is when NBC’s broadcast begins for The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. It starts right after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Dog shows run all day long, so what the two-hour broadcast gives dog lovers is highlights, including the Best in Show winner. The show is put on by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and  sanctioned by the American Kennel Club.

An encore presentation will be shown from 8-10 p.m. Nov. 25.

If two hours of dogs is not enough, starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the NBSCN will feature the five dogs that won Best in Show from 2012-2016. 

Purina is inviting pet owners to share on social media, from Nov. 16-26,  “what makes their pet the best” using #Dogthanking and tag @Purina. For every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Purina will donate $1, up to $50,000 to, which provides relief for people and pets affected by hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Parade dogs

The WPXI annual holiday parade is Nov. 25 and generally includes some dogs and horses. It starts at 9 a.m. Look for multiple greyhounds from Going Home Greyhounds. They march every year.

Since 1995, the organization has rescued 2,000 racing dogs whose careers on the track have ended. Go to for further information.

Greyhound bazaar

One of Going Home Greyhounds regular fundraisers is the Holiday Bazaar, set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the South Park fairgrounds. Big and medium dogs are welcome, but not little dogs because some greyhounds are “reactive” around them.

A variety of merchandise will be sold by vendors, including dog coats, collars and jewelry. The bake sale is popular each year, as well as raffles and auctions. Santa will be posing for photos with dogs.

Raffle tickets are selling through Dec 3 for four one-way airline tickets or two round-trip tickets for domestic travel on Southwest Airlines, coupled with four Disney Hopper Passes valued at $650. Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold, for $10 each. Email to buy tickets before the Holiday Bazaar.

The event will be the Home Economics building behind the county police station, 2050 Buffalo Drive, South Park, 15129.

Penguins and dogs

Evgeni Malkin and other hockey players have posed with adoptable animals for the 2018 Penguins & Paws Calendar that benefits Humane Animal Rescue. Other players include Patrick Hornqvist, Justin Schultz, Carl Hagelin and Ian Cole.

Calendars are $20 plus shipping and handling. Go to to pre-order or call 412-345-7300 and press “0” to speak to the operator.

A better shelter

Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley kicked off the first capital campaign in their 51-year history. The goal is to raise $750,000 to renovate a building that will provide a much larger and nicer shelter.

Volunteers raised $840,000 to buy a former school building at 730 Church St. in New Kensington. Since May, they have raised $448,000, including donations from eight individuals who gave $10,000 or more.

Work is expected to begin in the spring and be finished by late 2018. The new facility will include more indoor and outdoor space for the animals, medical treatment areas and meet and greet areas for adopters.

Each year the shelter rescues and finds homes for about 400 aimals. No animal is euthanized to make space for incoming animals. 

To make a donation or obtain more information, call campaign chair Phyllis Framel at 412-580-9976.

— compiled by Linda Wilson Fuoco