Despite the rain during the day, the event had a good crowd of people milling around Station Square, tasting food, meeting adoptable animals and dropping tickets into bags to win their selected prize baskets, all to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.
Here’s the basket I donated, four boxes of animal sympathy cards, feline art cards and notecards with cute cat and pawprint pencils.
All together, there were well more than 50 baskets for guests to choose from, both cat and dog-themed as well as things just for people.
When you purchased your ticket, you received a “passport” with the logo of every restaurant and exhibitor participating in the event. As you visited each tent and restaurant you had this passport punched on that logo, and passports that had all the logos punched were entered in a drawing for even grander prizes, such as major event tickets and a vacation.
The event began at 5:30 and I didn’t get there until 7:00, when it began to rain softly then in earnest, so I didn’t get to meet as many animals and people as usual, but there were several friendly dogs.
And two gray kittens, Tops and Jinks, who were a little uncertain about the rain falling outside their awning, though they weren’t getting wet. They are brothers who had been rescued from someone’s basement, are six months old and ready to be adopted.
There were bunnies this year as well, but because of the rain many of the adoptable animals went inside or simply got ready to go back to the shelter a little early.
Three greyhounds for adoption from Going Home Greyhounds.
The dessert reception and auction took place on the dock and the Duchess and Princess of the Gateway Clipper Fleet.
Gretchen Feiser, Director of PR and Business Relationships for the WPHS, pulls the tickets from each of the bags and announces the winners via microphone onto the two boats. By the end of the event, many people were out on the dock to socialize some more.
And just a nice photo of a small portion of Pittsburgh at night from the water.