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Please see below for answers to many of the most common questions we receive about our birthday parties, and feel free to Contact Us if you need more support.

Request a Party Here

Once you submit your request, you will receive a link to pay the $25 registration fee. Upon paying, you will receive the printable invitations via email. All parties will be facilitated by a Humane Animal Rescue staff member.

 

Level 1:

  • $200 for 1.5 hours
  • 10 guests
  • 2 adult guests
  • $10 for each additional guest 
  • $4 for additional adult attendee 
  • Total number of guests not to exceed 25 people
  • Visit from animal guest
  • Tour of shelter
  • Decorations and paper products
  • Printable invitations
  • Opportunity for party child to name next adoptable animal
  • Animal themes crafts and games
  • Gift bags for each guest
  • Selfie station, backdrop, and props
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Use of party room, refrigerator, and freezer

*Level 1 parties are not permitted to bring outside pizza or larger food items (snacks and cake are allowed).

 

Level 2:

  • $250 for 1.5 hours
  • 12 guests
  • 2 adult guests
  • $12.00 for each additional guest
  • $4.00 for additional adult attendee
  • *Total number of guests not to exceed 25 people
  • Visit from two animal guests
  • Tour of shelter
  • Decorations and paper products
  • Printable invitations
  • Opportunity for birthday child to name next adoptable animal
  • Animal themed crafts and games
  • Gift bags for each guest
  • Selfie station, backdrop, and props
  • Pizza (two slices per child)
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Use of party room, refrigerator, and freezer

 

 

Level 3:

  • $300 for 2 hours
  • 15 child guests
  • 2 adult guests
  • $12.00 for each additional guest
  • $4.00 for additional adult attendee
  • *Total number of guests not to exceed 25 people
  • Visit from three animal guests
  • Tour of shelter
  • Decorations and paper products
  • Printable invitations
  • Opportunity for birthday child to name adoptable animal
  • Animal themes crafts and games
  • Gift bag for each guest
  • Selfie station, backdrop, and props
  • Pizza (2 slices per child)
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Use of party room, refrigerator, and freezer

Yes!

  • Adoptable plush dog, carrier, and adoption form: $5 per guest (free for birthday child if purchased for all other guests)
  • Mascot appearance (Barkley the dog or Pussywillow the cat): $25 per 30 minutes
  • Additional animal guest appearance: $50

 

Parties can be held either at our Northside Shelter location (1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233) or at our East Shelter location (6926 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208).  Please remind your guests of the address for the location, as it can get confusing when looking up locations on Google if you are unsure of which location is your destination.

At the time of registration, you will be asked to pay a $25 non-refundable registration fee.  This is discounted from the price of the party during time of payment. You can register by following this link.

Payment for the party is due 10 days before the date the party is to take place.  Paying by credit card through your Active Network account is the easiest way to process payment.  If you are having trouble, please reach out in order for us to try and help you. Payment for additional guests, pizza, add-ons, or any other expenses can typically be paid at the time of the party. 

 

The guest counts listed above are for children only (this count does not include the birthday child).  Additional child guests can be added for $12 a guest for Level 2 & 3 parties and $10 for Level 1 parties.  Cost of party also include two adults. Additional adults (including parents of child guests) may attend party for additional $4 per guest.  The total number of people for the entire party may not exceed 25 people (including both children and adults). For example, if you booked a level 3 party and have 15 child guests, the birthday child, and 2 parents attending, you may invite an additional 7 additional guests (any combination of children and adults) totaling 25 guests.

The second and third level parties include pizza (two slices per child) for the child guests only.  Level 1 parties are not permitted to bring their own pizza or other meals.  Snacks and other small food items are welcomed for all levels.  Additional pizza is available for purchase for Levels 2 and 3. If ordering additional pizza, please let us know the numbers of pizzas needed at least two days before the day of the party.  For the East End we order from Pizza Perfecta and the North from Genoa Pizza. They’re both local shops and make great pizza! A Large pizza is about 12 pieces and costs $15 and XL is about 16 pieces and is $16. 

If ordering additional pizza you can pay at the party. Payment can be made in cash (exact change is greatly appreciated) or check (preferred method)  made out to Humane Animal Rescue.

If there are any allergen concerns please let us know as soon as possible so we may inform the pizza company and take the necessary precautions.

The adoption floor is open only during operational hours:

  • Friday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Some parties extend past the operational hours.  Party guests are not permitted to leave the party area or go on the adoption floor after operational hours.

 

The selfie station is used through your phone or a bluetooth compatible device, so please make sure yours are fully charged for maximum picture taking!  We do not provide these pictures to you, so you will need to have your own device to use.

What we provide (for full list of things provided, see the party levels section above):

  • Visit from animal guest(s)
  • Tour of the shelter location where party is taking place
  • Decorations
  • Paper products (plates, napkins, cups, silverware)
  • Printable invitations (e-mailed to you)
  • Selfie station (tripod for phone, remote, backdrop, animal themed props)
  • Gift bags for each guest
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Level 2 & 3- pizza (two slices per child)
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Fun atmosphere

 

We do NOT provide:

  • Balloons.  These are a safety hazard for the animals. However, we do create decorations that take the place of balloons to make the room look festive!
  • Refreshments (there is water available at the shelters, but nothing else)
  • Birthday cake
  • Candles

We reserve the right to cancel the party due to inclement weather, lack of payment, or any other unforeseen circumstance, before and up to the time of the party.

If you have any questions or would like to speak further about birthday parties, please do not hesitate to reach out! Our education department can be reached by email here or by phone at 412-345-7300 ext. 503.

 

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