By Janice Eck
Photos Provided by America’s Family Pet Expo
(Victor Valley)– The Orange County Fair and Event Center will welcome the 26th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo, produced by the World Pet Association, from April 10-12. What started off as a small little show with a few thousand attendees has grown to over 40,000 visitors during last year’s expo. Year after year, the Pet Expo gives various types of pet enthusiasts the opportunity to learn anything and everything about their pet or their next pet. Filled with experts and professionals, the Pet Expo is also the go-to place for every pet owner to find out about the latest and greatest in pet trends and products for their pets.
New to Pet Expo, the high energy dogs of the Purina Pro-Plan Performance Team will awe the crowd with their agility skills through obstacles and Frisbee catches. Splash Dogs, a fan favorite, will take to the dock as canines compete in this wet-and-wild competition. Squeal with excitement as you watch Cook’s Racing Hogs and Dogs, a race among four pigs on a U-shaped track and four dogs competing in a similar race. Always impressing fans is the Police Dog & Protection Demonstrations, as crime-fighting K-9’s show how they serve and protect our community. Check the schedule for even more “Furtastic” fun and amazement.
The Pet Expo is dedicated to providing education to pet owners and potential pet owners of what it takes to keep pets in furever homes. Millions of pets end up in shelters across the nation because owners didn’t realize all the care involved. Visitors will have an opportunity to speak to experts on not only the over one hundred breeds of dogs and cats that will be represented, but anyone thinking about reptiles, fish or the variety of other animals that will be on display, will be able to reach out to clubs and organizations to learn more about the species or breed. Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, shared with High Desert Daily, “Whether it’s one of the 80 or 90 breeds of dog we have on display or the cats and their breeds or aquatics, reptiles, pot belly pigs, llamas or miniature horses or whatever the case may be; if people are considering to have one of these pets, the experts are there to answer all their questions, so they really understand what is going to be required from them to take care of the animals for the life of the animal, so that it doesn’t end up back in the shelter or some place.”
With all the groups either breed-specific or those that promote the welfare of mixed breeds as well, everyone will know what to expect whatever pet they’re planning to take home. Pet adoptions play a significant role in making the Pet Expo successful, as Poindexter explained, “Last year, we were very pleased to have set a new record. We adopted out over 700 animals over the 3 days. We found new homes for over 700 animals from various agencies and that’s always a great opportunity for us to give back and find homes for these animals.”
Learn what’s going on in the pet world or just come out and have a good time with the family. Be sure to stop by vendors from the High Desert like Forever Wild and California Greyhound Adoption Promotion to show your support. Tickets can be purchased online before April 10 or at the door April 10-12. General Admission is $13, Seniors 60 & over is $11. Children 6-12 is $8. Children 5 & under are free as well as Active and Retired Military with ID. Parking is $7. Show hours are Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. The OC Fair and Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Kindly leave pets at home. For more information, visit http://www.petexpooc.org/.