Pet Parents Day Painting Party Supports WPHS!

western pennsylvania humane society logo

WPHS logo

First of all, HAPPY PET PARENTS DAY this Sunday to all those lucky enough to share their lives with loving animal companions.

Second, celebrate Pet Parents Day AND help the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society with ceramics for the Pittsburgh Pet Parents Day Painting Party! Celebrate your best friend while helping other pets find their forever homes.

As a fundraiser for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, Heal from Pet Loss and Color Me Mine are hosting a painting party on Sunday, April 29 from noon to 6 PM.

color me mine logo

Color Me Mine logo.

Paint a cool food bowl, treat jar, picture frame or memorial plaque for your special animal companion. $15 covers painting and firing time, refreshments, treat bag and a donation to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. There will be a wide range of pieces to choose from to accommodate various price ranges.

Color Me Mine is located at 5887 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15217, Squirrel Hill. Call 412-421-2909 today to reserve your two hour block of time. We may be able to accommodate walk-ins on a space available basis, but pre-register to guarantee your spot!

You are welcome to bring your well-behaved pet and enjoy an outing together.

Heal Your Heart: Coping With the Loss of a Pet

Heal Your Heart: Coping With the Loss of a Pet

As part of the fundraiser, Karen Litzinger will be doing a CD signing of the award-winning Heal Your Heart: Coping with the Loss of a Pet with profits going to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Consider having one on hand to give as a sympathy gift to a dear animal lover friend or family member.

Karen Litzinger, author of Heal Your Heart: Coping With the Loss of a Pet is a sponsor and organizer of this event. I’ve written about her and her wonderful CD several times on The Creative Cat in Heal Your Heart and in A Remarkable CD and Guidebook. Karen’s website is Heal From Pet Loss.

Pet Parents Day was founded by VPI Pet Insurance and this year is offering free e-cards to send to Pet Parents.

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is an open-door shelter on Pittsburgh’s North Side serving over 14,000 animals every year. In addition to providing shelter for every animal presented regardless of how it arrived, they provide low-cost spay and neuter and veterinary clinic services, dog training and owner education for any animal parent, humane investigations of animal abuse and cruelty cases, pet loss counseling groups and fun events of all sorts for animals and the people who love them. I donate to them and write about them regularly; read about them here on The Creative Cat.

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Memorial Day Cat Adoption Special at WPHS

adult cats in cages

The adult cats at adoption event.

$0 Adoption on all cats over the age of 6 months…that’s right, adopt an adult cat for free!

“We are absolutely overflowing …” says Gretchen Feiser, Director of PR and Business Relationships at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. “I have over 200 cats ready for adoption and many more that need a foster home … The Western PA Humane Society’s North Shore and Fallen Timber Shelters are BOTH FULL of felines!”

A few days ago, she noted that the WPHS was taking in 50 to 60 cats PER DAY. Obviously, the situation is desperate, and cats must be adopted or fostered.

Normal adoption rules apply.

  • complete a cat adopter survey
  • adopting a cat (6 months or older)
  • lease must clearly state cats are permitted (pet deposit paid if applicable)
  • limit to two adoptions per household
  • must have photo id with proof of residence

Fee waived adoptions limited to shelter locations only.

Can’t adopt? How about fostering?

kittens back

Four kittens from the back of the cage.

Fostering cats saves more lives than you might imagine. Nursing mothers with kittens can relax in a quieter atmosphere than a shelter, and kittens grow up much more acclimated to a home and so risk fewer behavior issues. You can nurse a sick animal back to health in less time than it would take in a shelter. And there are always the neonatal kittens and puppies who need to be literally nursed by a human because they’ve lost their mom.

And last but not least, when cage space is at a premium animals are welcome to go home with a loving family for a two week cage break to enjoy themselves with a family, leaving space for other homeless pets.

All fostering is done with the assistance of the clinic at WPHS, which provides any veterinary care or medications the animals would need, and the animals return to the shelter to be adopted. Young animals and mom cats return to the shelter when the time is right for spay and neuter, ill animals only when they are well, and adults who need a cage break remain on the adoption list even while they are in a foster home.

Here is the link to information on fostering for the WPHS: http://www.wpahumane.org/foster.html

No room in your inn, but still want to help?

I can understand that one—at the moment, I have no extra space to foster and I feel really bad about that! But you can still help by encouraging others to adopt or foster, or donating money or food so WPHS can carry the overflow of animals and cover the cost of care and meals.

Here is the link to make a donation: http://www.wpahumane.org/member1.html, but to donate food or goods please contact the shelter to see what they need: 412-321-4625.

NOTE: the cats pictured in this post are not currently adoptable cats at WPHS but are my own file photos from offsite adoption events and at the shelter.


A Taste of Station Square

people at event

Visitors to Taste of Station Square

Despite steaming temperatures and a thorough downpour an hour before the event, several hundred animal lovers attended the seventh annual Taste of Station Square with me last week!

several dogs and people

Dogs for adoption wait patiently for people to walk by.

The event benefits the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (WPHS), and admission gave you a logo bag of loot and a discount ticket to visit as many restaurants and shops as you could, and participating restaurants had tasting tables for you to “sample” as you circulated. You also got one starter raffle ticket for one of many wonderful raffle prizes to which I donated along with dozens of others.

black cat with baskets of gifts

Mr. Sunshine checks over my donation baskets.

I donated a certificate for $125.00 toward a commissioned portrait (and the winner has already called me!), a set of “Natural” crocheted pawprints with “Oatmeal, Milk and Honey” hand-made vegetable oil and goat’s milk soap, and a set of two “Wolf Howl” fine art wildlife mugs with a collection of delectable hot beverages and snacks.

beagle barking

Bobby greets guests.

But the best part was that there were animals everywhere! Usually these events are canine-oriented because these sorts of large crowds of people, lots of noise and strange foods  are typically a dog thing, but there were several cats in attendance who just didn’t seem to mind any of the ruckus.

 

Kitten greets people

Tootsie manages the host desk.

Little Tootsie was in the lobby of the Bar Louie restaurant taking care of what is usually the host’s desk.

kitten gets a kiss

"Yes, you may kiss my forehead."

She didn’t care that the music was too loud to hear, that the place was almost too dark to see and people were crowded around, there were newspapers to crinkle, pens to subdue, and of course kisses to be bestowed—upon herself by humans!

kitten playing

Everything is a toy.

Where did this little torbie rescue find this attitude? I can imagine what she’ll be like as an adult!

 

dog and person

Let the human beg.

Lulu’s doing it right—get a human to stand around with a sign and make a fool of herself to find a home for you!

dog waits for treat

Cody is all about the treats.

And Cody, typically a hypersocial beagle-border collie mix couldn’t care less about all the people when the treats bag is practically on the end of her nose. That’s focus!

dog and person

Louie is a little sensitive.

Apparently little Louie is keeping this position because he’d just been neutered…

dog and person

Karen greets Bruna.

I attended with my friend Karen Litzinger, author of Heal Your Heart, and it was great fun to catch up on business and plan a few collaborations at events this coming autumn. Here she is with Bruna, a ten-month-old pit bull who simply sat down in the street and waited to be petted.

child with kitten

Boy with tortoiseshell kitten.

Two little tortoiseshell kittens had been found and brought in as strays, but they were so friendly and playful they attended as well, though they were too new to have names. Here a young man pets a kitty who looks  a lot like his kitty!

sunset on the river

Sunset on the river.

Right on the river on a summer night, nothing is more beautiful, and the sunset after a rainstorm is always colorful.

winners

Gretchen thanks supporters and donors.

The evening ended with dessert on the Empress Party Liner, docked on the Monongahela River, where Gretchen Fieser, Director of PR at the WPHS, thanked everyone who attended and read off the results of the raffles as guests pulled tickets.

three bunnies

Mr. Magoo, and Lovey and Dovey.

The event was sponsored by Lucky Paws Pet Resort. Apparently the owner had found a stray kitten and taken it to the nearest shelter, which turned her away because it was full, as did another one. She ended up at the WPHS, an open-door shelter, which will never turn anyone away. She was so moved by this experience that she wanted to do something to help them, and offered to sponsor this event.

riverboats at night

Riverboats

Station Square was once the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad pedestrian station along the Monongahela River, and today maintains the marble floors, cast iron gingerbread and vaulted ceilings of stained glass windows. During WWII, those windows were painted black so the light wouldn’t shine through; during and after the war the steel mills were running full steam and you may remember photos of Pittsburgh in that day so clouded with smog and sooty air that the street lights came on at noon. It was decades later during the city clean-ups of Pittsburgh’s Renaissance I that the windows were once again uncovered and the building, no longer serving rail passengers, became a multi-use shopping and office site.


Celebrate Pet Parents Day and Support WPHS!

photo of green dog bowl

Dog Bowl painted by Megan Beck.

First of all, HAPPY PET PARENTS DAY to all those lucky enough to share their lives with loving animal companions.

Second, celebrate Pet Parents Day AND help the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society with ceramics!

You can participate in one of two ways:

  • If you’re in Pittsburgh, join the Painting Party and CD Signing at Color Me Mine in Squirrel today from noon to 6:00 p.m. Visit Heal From Pet Loss for details and links to a map and the Facebook page for National Pet Parents Day Pittsburgh. You can paint a special food bowl, treats jar, picture frame or other fun item in honor of your special animal companion. $15 will cover appetizers, desserts, drinks, a two hour block of painting time and a contribution to the WPA Humane Society. Ceramic pieces to paint will be offered in a wide range of prices to accommodate everyone’s budget.
  • If you’re not in Pittsburgh or you want to help even more, bid on pieces that were already painted by staff and volunteers at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. As part of the fundraiser an ongoing silent auction of already painted animal-theme pieces is posted April 18 to 25 on eBay. Click here to go to the auction on eBay. (Let’s help them out—at the moment nothing has a bid!).
photo of steelers dog bowl

Steelers fan dog bowl painted by Karen Litzinger.

Karen Litzinger, author of Heal Your Heart: Coping With the Loss of a Pet is a sponsor and organizer of this event. I’ve written about her and her wonderful CD several times on The Creative Cat in Heal Your Heart and in A Remarkable CD and Guidebook.

She’ll be signing CDs at this event and also painted a bowl that’s in the eBay auction. Steelers fans, start bidding!

Karen’s website is Heal From Pet Loss.

photo of painted ceramic bowl

Cat bowl painted by Lee Nesler, Executive Director of WPHS.

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is an open-door shelter on Pittsburgh’s North Side serving over 13,000 animals every year. In addition to providing shelter for every animal presented regardless of how it arrived, they provide low-cost spay and neuter and veterinary clinic services, dog training and owner education for any animal parent, humane investigations of animal abuse and cruelty cases, pet loss counseling groups and fun events of all sorts for animals and the people who love them.

So before it gets too much later in the day, head on over to Color Me Mine or visit the eBay auction site to help WPHS and get yourself a new pet-themed item for your collection!