Local rescue groups heading to 25th annual Pet Expo

he 25th annual Pet Expo runs April 25-27 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. Inland area rescue groups will be holding pet adoptions at the event.

Alpacas from Fur and Feathers Ranch are packing up and heading west this weekend–to orange county that is.

Tracey Wallace, owner of the alpaca and llama ranch in Redlands’ San Timoteo Canyon will be one of dozens of featured exhibitors at the annual Pet Expo April 25 through 27 at the OC Fair and Event Center,  88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Pet Expo will not only showcase the local long haired camelids, but also feature more than 400 exhibitors, retailers, rescue groups and everything under the sun for the pet enthused. And let’s not forget to mention the entertainment–the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show, which is new this year, some wiener dog races, bird shows, a touch tank filled with sharks, fish and other sea life.

The stunt dog show is one of the new attractions to this year’s expo and features shelter rescue dogs performing flips, tricks and frisbee catching, said Abby Cline, head trainer for the dog production.

And while the three-day event offers plenty for the pet having, Doug Poindexter, president of the World Pet Association, which produces the expo, said his favorite part of the event includes the countless of furry, feathered and scaly friends–all ready for adoption–providing an opportunity for families to grow.

“Our mission has always been to try and educate the general public on the care for animals,” he said. “But the goal is to get those pet adoption numbers growing.”

To help animals find their forever homes, the event brings in nearly 50 agencies with pets on hand ready for adoption and include everything from cats and dogs to reptiles and bird.

In its 25 years, the expo has helped find homes for more than 650 animals, Poindexter said.

“You come out to the show and you can definitely take home a new family member.”

Having pets in your environment makes you a better person–you’re happier, responsible and having a pet teaches you how to care.”

A pet owner himself, Poindexter said he hopes the expo creates those opportunities for families and they get to experience the joys that pets can bring.

General Admission is $13; seniors 60 and over $11; children 6-12, $8 and admission for children 5 years and under is free. Admission for active and retired military is free with ID. Parking is $7.

The 25th annual Pet Expo runs April 25 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To learn more or for ticket information visit www.PetExpoOC.org.


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