Saturday April 26th saw the 2014 Seattle Pet Expo at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 10am to 6pm with special guest Shorty Rossi and his sidekick Hercules from the popular Animal Planet show “Pit Boss”. Admission was free and the expo included numerous vendors, exhibitors, prize giveaways, and an adoption event. Pets were encouraged (as long as they were up to date on their age appropriate vaccinations and on a fixed lead or in a carrier).
Amazing Pet Expos, who puts on pet expos in different cities, states in their program, “Our goal with this Expo is to educate and inspire the Seattle pet community. So many pet owners don’t realize just how many resources are available to them locally or have information about the numerous ways that the non-profit community needs our support.”
While hailed as a general pet expo, the majority of content was geared toward dog lovers and their canine companions. There were cats, birds, and other exotics represented, but in much smaller numbers. It was certainly worth a look around if nothing but all the free treats!
Sponsors included City Dog Magazine, Pet Connection Magazine, Petfinder, Trupanion pet insurance, and local pet store chain Mud Bay. A good number of Seattle businesses and other local rescue and advocate groups were in attendance making it a great opportunity to check out the areas pet scene.
Here’s some other stuff found at the expo: Discounted microchipping, vaccinations, and heartworm/flea preventatives were offered from Value Pet Clinic. Agility and obedience demonstrations were held. There were free nail trims. Also included were live entertainment and tons of opportunities to learn. Pet costume and talent contests got animals in on the action too.
Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds were in attendance so even if you don’t have a furry friend to call your own it was fun to see all the animals and check out the rescues for adoptions.
One of the highlights of this year’s expo was Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin, founder of the non-profit Pinups for Pit Bulls, giving a presentation on Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Stay tuned for a separate article on that! And please check out www.pinupsforpitbulls.org.
So come check out next year’s Seattle Pet Expo on 4-25-15 and www.seattlepetexpo.com.