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Important Things to Know About the Furries

The Furries are in Pittsburgh this weekend for their annual convention. We’ve got a list of do’s and don’ts to make them feel welcome.



Editor's Note: This article was updated from its original publication on June 28, 2017.


PHOTO BY BY ELAINA ZACHOS

 

It’s the time of the year when seeing humanized animals walking around the city is normal and expected: Anthrocon convention returns Thursday, July 5 to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for its 13th straight year.

According to its website, Anthrocon has raised more than $300,000 for charity since its inception in 1997. The annual gathering, more than 7,500 attended last year, also is a boon to the Downtown economy.

Even though Pittsburgh has hosted Anthrocon since 2006, there probably are things you might not know to do or not to do when encountering a Furry:
 

  • You may feel the urge to pet their elaborate outfit. Don’t. Petting or scratching the costume can damage or mark the fur. Unless you are given permission, refrain from touching the “fursuit.”
     
  • If you plan to approach a Furry, keep in mind that all Furries are different. Some may not be as outgoing as others.
     
  • Some fursuits limit a Furry’s vision by as much as 90 percent. Always approach them from the front.
     
  • If you find yourself waiting for an elevator at the convention at the same time as a Furry, typically the Furry will receive priority and move to the front of the line. Don’t be offended, this is just Furry etiquette.
     
  • Some Furries also choose not to talk when they are “in character.” If they do not speak to you, this may simply be a character trait of their Furry identity.
     

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