American Humane Association’s ‘Animal Stars’ Friday March 27, 2015 7:30 P.M.

American Humane Association’s ‘Animal Stars’

When: 7:30 p.m. March 27

Admission: $15 for age 16 and older, $12 for senior citizens, $8 for ages 6 to 15. Children 5 and younger are free and must sit on an adult’s lap. The online registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 26.

Where: Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township

Details: 412-847-7000 or


Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:41 p.m.

When people see celebrity animals on television and in movies, they may assume that the pets come from top breeders with pedigrees. However, most animal stars come from humble beginnings, says the Pittsburgh-bound author of a recent book on the topic.

Robin R. Ganzert, president and chief executive officer of the American Humane Association, says that about 80 percent of animal stars are rescued — an inspiring message about compassion that she will share on March 27 in a presentation at Animal Friends, an Ohio Township-based shelter and adoption center. She’ll be accompanied by Hudson, the golden retriever from the movie “Our Idiot Brother,” and the dog’s trainer.

Ganzert profiles more than 20 of these performing cats, dogs, horses and other critters, along with their trainers, in her book: “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes With Your Favorite Animal Actors,” published in September by New World Library.

“It’s a very important message to get out,” Ganzert says about the potential rescued animals have.

When Ganzert does one of her author presentations, she challenges people to “look at the other end of the leash” to learn about how these pets blossomed into the stars they are.

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