Pet Expo Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The America’s Family Pet Expo features entertainment, education and adoptable pets for animal lovers of all ages.

America’s Family Pet Expo, one of the nation’s largest pet events, returns to the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., April 25 – 27 for its 25th year.  

This “pet-tacular” event boasts more than 1,000 animals, including dogs, cats, equine, birds, fish, llamas, pot bellied pigs, goats, rats, reptiles, rabbits, miniature horses and more are on display in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations.

Thousands of pet products will be for sale at special show prices. With breed and animal experts on hand, this is an opportunity for those interested in pets to learn more and see examples of a wide range of animals. “As our 25th year in Southern California, we’re very proud to continue this tradition of providing exciting, family entertainment while promoting responsible pet care,” says Doug Poindexter, president of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “Every year the show grows in scope and size, from new product launches, educational seminars to our ever-popular animal adoptions, the Expo has become the ultimate destination for anything pet-related.”

German Shepherds, AFPE. Photo by Ernie Slone 
Guide Dog, AFPE. Photo by Ernie Slone

In recent years more than 500 cats, dogs and other animals have been adopted each year, thanks to the pet expo.

Although the show certainly has something for everyone, dog lovers can expect plenty of tail wagging treats!  Visitors can get wet and wild with the dock-diving Splash Dogs, cheer on for their favorite pup in the Weiner Dog Races for Dachshunds or be amazed by the Extreme Canines Dog Stunt Show, featuring some of the countries most entertaining dog trick performers.

Stunt Dog

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Interested in how canines are used to protect our communities? Check out the Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations. Want to get some new tricks and treats for your dog? Get expert tips from dog trainers or check out the newest products at the shopping mall. Looking for a new pet to add to the family? Over 100 rescue organizations will be on site with dogs, cats and critters looking for a forever home.

Rescue Me, a new magazine promoting rescue and a sister publication of DOG FANCY, will have a booth at the show promoting adoption and rescue.

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