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Pittsburgh may be known far and wide as “the Steel City”, but there are plenty of reasons why it could also be known as a great place for dog lovers — to visit or to live! From its beautiful dog parks to its plethora of dog-friendly attractions, Pittsburgh has plenty to offer to any dog owner.

And with such a tight-knit community of animal enthusiasts calling this city home, Pittsburgh’s animals are in safe hands if they ever fall on hard times. Humane Animal Rescue is just one of the many animal welfare organizations committed to helping Pittsburgh’s pets. Formed in 2017 by the merger of the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, this new group operates an open-door policy to ensure that no dog is ever refused shelter.

Animal Friends is another of Pittsburgh’s dedicated rescue groups, and it’s been helping protect the region’s pets for more than 70 years. This non-profit organization runs an impressive 30,000 square-foot companion animal resource center that not only houses homeless pets but also offers a spay/neuter clinic, a classroom, a resource library, and more than one mile of walking trails. In addition to matching unwanted pets with loving families, it also runs a number of innovative programs designed to reduce the homeless pet problem.

There are plenty of other paw-some animal rescue groups in Pittsburgh worthy of your support. All of them work like dogs to protect and save the lives of at-risk animals, meaning Pittsburgh’s pooches will always have a chance at finding a happy, loving home.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Pittsburgh

  • Admission $5.00
    Duration 11am to 1pm

    #1 Paws in the Park Dog Walk

    Bring your dog, bring your family, and get ready for a fun and Fido-friendly event in Pine Community Park. Held each October, this annual benefit raises funds to support the rescue group Animal Friends, but it gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourself along the way. The walk itself is a laid-back, relaxed, and social event, as a big group of like-minded dog owners and their pets get together for a good cause. But there’s plenty more to see and do as well, including a canine costume contest, doggy musical chairs, and even a chance for your pet to find the dog biscuit in the hay. It’s well worth the price of a $5 donation, so add it to your calendar for next year.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 12pm to 4pm

    #2 Fall of the Wild


    Dog-friendly fun and education combine in this popular annual event, which is held at Humane Animal Rescue’s East End Location each fall. The festival is a launching pad for all of the innovative and exciting educational programs Humane Animal Rescue runs throughout the year, so it’s a perfect opportunity to learn what you can do to help animals in need. But there’s a whole lot more for you and your dog to see and do, including games, raffles, food, and a bounce house. Wish list donations to support Humane Animal Rescue are always welcome.

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  • Admission $15.00
    Duration 5:30PM-7PM

    #3 Halloween Party for Pets!


    Instead of leaving your dog at home on Halloween, why not let him come out with you and sink his teeth into the ghoulishly-good fun. Held at the Animal Friends Outreach Center, this howl-o-ween party features a host of events to make dogs drool, including a trick or treat trail, dog-friendly games, and the chance to dress up in a furr-ocious costume. Sounds grrr-eat, right? Your pooch will certainly think so, and he’ll be sure to have a Halloween to remember.

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  • Admission $10.00
    Duration 5PM Fri-Sun 5PM

    #4 Pittsburgh Pet Expo


    Want to check out the latest and greatest pet products, not to mention take in some paw-some doggy demonstrations? Better yet, want to do it all with your dog by your side? The Pittsburgh Pet Expo is an action-packed weekend full of anything and everything related to pets. Held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, it features diving dogs, a grooming competition, dachshund racing, pet photos with Santa, and much more! Add more than 200 vendor booths selling all manner of pet products and services, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for some pet-acular fun.

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  • Admission $35.00

    #5 Pup Nights at PNC Park


    Take your dog out to the ballgame at one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pup Nights. Held multiple times throughout the Major League Baseball season, these paw-sitively wonderful nights give you a chance to enjoy some high-quality sporting action with your furry friend by your side. Miller Lite Rooftop seating is reserved for dogs and their owners, and there are plenty of dog-friendly activities planned throughout the night. Check the upcoming schedule for the next Pirates Pup Night and play ball. Batter up!

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