What’s Mew at Catster: November Cat Events

All month: Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Pet Diabetes Month

Through January: Blue Buffalo/Helen Woodward Animal Center Home 4 the Holidays

Home 4 the Holidays has become the largest seasonal pet adoption campaign on record, saving more than 18 million pets since its inception in 1999. For the ninth year, Helen Woodward Animal Center is partnering with Blue Buffalo for this 3-month adoption drive that encourages people to choose pet adoption. Choose rescue this holiday season! Learn more at

Find your new best friend at the San Francisco SPCA/Macy’s Holiday Windows event. Photography courtesy SF SPCA.

Through December: 35th San Francisco SPCA/Macy’s Holiday Windows

Join the San Francisco SPCA for the 35th annual Holiday Windows event at Macy’s Union Square! Over the years, this holiday tradition has helped more than 10,000 homeless animals find their forever families. In addition, donations are raised to support the SF SPCA’s year-round lifesaving work. Last year, the pandemic made things a little tricky, so instead of filling the holiday windows with adoptable animals, the SF SPCS created special videos of rescue animals and shelter alumni. The webcams played for 6,611 hours and got 122,352 total views – and 341 cats were adopted!For full details on this year’s event, visit

Girl volunteering at a cat shelter.
Show your support for our shelter and rescue workers! Photography by LiudmylaSupynska/Thinkstock.

7-13: Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week

This special week recognizes the shelters that provide care and facilitate the adoption of abandoned and stray animals. It also acknowledges shelter staff who work tirelessly to help save animals. A great way to celebrate this week is to get to know your local animal shelter and learn about the kinds of support it needs to keep providing services to the animals and the community. Consider donating, volunteering or even adopting a new best friend!

12-14: Pittsburgh Pet Expo

The largest pet expo on the East Coast is back! Highlights include a pet costume contest, Santa Paws (photos with Santa), adoptions, giveaways and more than 200 vendor booths of fantastic pet products and services. Learn more at

20 Doggie Street Festival

Don’t miss the West’s largest companion animal adopt-a-thon and celebration of our furry friends! The festival presents fantastic pet products and services, yummy food, veterinary tips, music, auction prizes and much more! Learn more at

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