By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, August 22, the 2nd annual Oklahoma City Pet Expo will be held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Centennial Building. 3001 General Pershing Blvd. All well-behaved, fixed leashed pets are welcome. Parking and admission are free.
The event will feature a wide range of pet-related businesses and organizations. There will be approximately 135 exhibitors offering a wide variety of entertainment and activities. More than 250 rescue pets will be available for adoption.
Attendees can take advantage of low cost immunizations, discounted microchipping, and free nail trims.
The day long event is Oklahoma City pet lover’s source for pet treats, supplies, merchandise, information and services for their furry, feathered or reptilian family members.
The event will feature local veterinarians including Banfield Pet Hospital. Pet food companies like Blue Buffalo and pet supply businesses such as Knockout Pet Supplies will be on hand.
Serving as host, celebrity guest Shorty “the Pit Boss” Rossi of Animal Planet fame will give a presentation with his star Pit Bull, Hercules.
There will be a pet costume contest sponsored by OKC Pets Magazine. To enter, pets and owners should report to the agility court at 4:45 p.m.
Expo activities will also feature a Full Speed Ahead fly ball demonstration, a talent contest and a musical chairs competition.
Low cost microchipping and vaccinations will be available courtesy of The Bella Foundation in Oklahoma City.
“2014 was the first time the Pet Expo came to Oklahoma City, so it was the first time The Bella Foundation SPCA participated,” said Eric McCune, Board Chairman of The Bella Foundation. “We were amazed in a very good way at the number of pet owners who attended.
“There are so many great resources for pet owners at the Pet Expo and anyone who owns a pet should come out and see what is there. Just like last year, The Bella Foundation SPCA will be providing low cost vaccines, heartworm testing, and micro chipping to anyone who wants to make sure their pet is protected from disease.
“At last year’s expo our organization provided preventative care to over 400 pet parents and it was fantastic,” McCune added.” We hope to see even more pets this year getting the care they need!”
This year’s main entertainment stage is sponsored by A-l Pet Emporium.
“We specialize in healthy nutrition for dogs and cats and we want to reach as many people as possible,” said Trisha Clark, owner A1 Pet Emporium. “We love this event. There are so many people who come through with their pets and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to talk with people about good, healthy foods.”
Participants can meet Sauerkraut, the feline celebri-kitty, an ambassador for rescue cats, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
This year’s official automotive sponsor is Hudiburg-Subaru. Participants can bring canned or dry pet food and kitty litter to fill a Subaru Forrester. It will support the Oklahoma City Humane Society.
“The Fill the Forester drive will allow us to save more homeless dogs and cats in our community by providing the supplies we need to care for them,” said Amy Shrodes, Director of Marketing for Central Oklahoma Humane Society. “We appreciate Hudiburg Subaru’s partnership and are looking forward to bringing adoptable dogs and cats to OKC Pet Expo.”
The OKC Pet Expo is organized by Amazing Pet Expos. It was established in 2008 and currently produces more than 40 pet expos around the country, all of them indoors and free to the public.
Ethan Barnett, vice president of event management for Amazing Pet Expos, says the mission has always been to educate pet lovers, promote pet adoption, let animals lovers know how they can make a difference and expose pet owners to the many valuable resources available to them in their own community.
Since 2009, over 1.28 million pet lovers have attended Amazing Pet Expo’s across the nation.
To become a vendor, call 800-877-3609 ext. 108 or for more information, visit www.okcpetexpo.com.