Video from WTAE TV-4 about the pre-convention charity event:
Anthrocon 2009 — Big talk of this week. The furry convention returns to Pittsburgh today. Some furries attended a private welcome party last night at the wildlife rehabilitation center there in Verona. The center is operated by the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania who will also benefit from the auction proceeds generated by the annual convention which is going to start today at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
"Anthrocon every year chooses a local animal-related charity that we can support. We have a charity auction and sort of giveaways in there. We like to give back a little bit, if I can say, to the animal community. Since cartoons and cartoon animals, all these people are animal lovers at heart," said Anthrocon Chairman Dr. Samuel Conway.
Between 3,500 and 4,000 will attend the convention in downtown Pittsburgh until Sunday.
Related information here as well:
Thousands Of 'Furries' Flock To Pittsburgh For Anthrocon Convention
Raw video: http://www.wpxi.com/video/19929000/index.h
Walk On The Wild Side: Furries Return To Pittsburgh
More TV coverage of Anthrocon from WTAE-TV Channel 4:
Note: These clips were filmed on Thursday before the convention officially began. Although Kage said we expected 500-600 fursuiters, we actually ended up with 640 in the Fursuit Parade on Saturday.