Humane Animal Rescue

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On a warm, sunny day, Humane Animal Rescue's director of volunteer and foster services, Monica Garcia, takes a beagle named Shadow out for a walk. In especially hot weater, the rescue requires dog walkers to test the temperature of the pavement with their fingers or bare foot. Like human feet, dog paws are sensitive to heat.

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Red, white and blue fireworks will burst across the sky in Pittsburgh Thursday night, but the celebration can be terrifying for the family dog.

Humane Animal Rescue

The city of Pittsburgh confiscated more than 30 exotic and domestic animals from a home in Beechview Tuesday. 

Courtesy of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

In response to the deadly shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Squirrel Hill, several local cultural institutions are offering free admission this week.

The groups want to serve as places of healing and comfort.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, on the North Side, is free to visitors through Friday.

So is the Frick Art Museum, in Point Breeze, which is hosting an exhibit of fantastical costumes made from paper.

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Once a month, kids pull up chairs in front of a wall full of cats in kennels who are waiting to be adopted. The children introduce themselves, and they begin to read.

They read stories about zoo animals and tales of heroes on long journeys in far off places. Some older kids catch the cats up on novels they’ve been reading before they launch into the book.

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On a Tuesday night, the first floor of the Cathedral of Learning is brimming with students, their conversations bouncing off the high, arched ceilings. They sit on the ground, in more than a dozen small circles; at the center of each circle is a dog. 

Oliver, a golden retriever, lays on his side as he's pet by five or six people at once. Despite all the attention, Oliver is calm and quiet. That's because he, like every other dog here, is a therapy dog from the College Canines program at Humane Animal Rescue