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Animal Shelter Kicks Off New Fundraiser

Food truck fest substitutes for Fido ball

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
October 08, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

Dawn Lewandowski of North Huntingdon Twp. holds Artemis, one of the cats who were available for adoption at the White Oak Animal Safe Haven during the Sept. 25 Fido Food Truck Fest. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)


The White Oak Animal Safe Haven held its first Fido Food Truck Fest on Sept. 25.

Five food trucks — Lil Sista Sweets, Bull River Taco, Good to Go, Sweet Buzz Bean and Bistro and Truckin Triangles — gathered at the White Oak Volunteer Fire Dept.

According to shelter director Laura Massie, the festival was born out of a desire to switch things up, along with supporting the shelter.

“This is the first year we’ve done it…it’s brand new,” Massie said. “We usually do the Fido ball, but we had to switch things up because of COVID.”

Several adoptable dogs and cats from the shelter attended the festival Sept. 25, including Rupert the dog. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)


Volunteer Lynne Jesko of North Huntingdon Twp. has been on the fundraising committee for four years and has helped run the Fido ball.

“We needed a less formal event,” she said. “This fire hall also needs support too — we want to bring in business and be a good partner to them.”

Along with the food vendors, several adoptable dogs and cats from the shelter attended the festival. The White Oak Animal Safe Haven is currently caring for 90 cats, 38 of whom live in the shelter.

North Huntingdon Twp. resident Dawn Lewandowski cited compassion for animals in need as the reason for wanting to adopt an animal.

Lewandowski said, “I would love to adopt her (Artemis the cat). She needs a home, somebody to love her.”

Adoption applications were available for those wanting to adopt an animal.

Massie hopes to make the food truck festival a yearly event.

“I want to help support the shelter and get the animals adopted, and to pay for vet care,” Massie said. “I’d love to have more events here in the future if we can.”

To learn more about adopting from White Oak Animal Safe Haven, visit them online or call (412) 672-8901.

(Sarah Turnbull photos for Tube City Almanac)


Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at sarahturnbull323@gmail.com.

Originally published October 08, 2021.

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