Preview: The 28th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo

Posted: April 25, 2017 in Animals, Events, Orange County
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The America’s Family Pet Expo makes its 28th annual return to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend. Taking place across much of the northern half of the fairgrounds, this all-ages expo allows all guests to exhibit all the vendors, pet adoptions, pet fitness demos, pet competitions, and pet accessory vendors. Goods sold by vendors range from food to toys to furniture to apparel and more. The pet adoptions include multiple animals such as dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and more. The $15 admission provides guests with full access to the event grounds for an entire day.

As this event covers such a huge area, guests will find lots of things to see and do to last the entire day. The outdoors areas mainly hold the demonstrations and competitions. These include surf dogs, dachshund racing, agility training, K-9 demos, an exotic birds show, larger animal adoptions, and Splash Dogs, where dogs jump for length or height into a pool. The buildings hold all of the vendors, booths by individual dog breeds, aquatic pets, reptiles/amphibians, cat show, and others that need to remain out of the sun. Guests can interact with most of the dogs at the booths, but interaction largely depends on the breed. Guests can interact with playful dogs like corgis, akitas, and golden retrievers, while guests can only look at show dogs like the shiba inu or terrier. At the pet adoption area, guests can interact with some of the cats, but cats tend to stress out with so many humans around, so they may appear less than willing to play to visitors.

Out of all of the pet expos that I have attended, I have found this one the most entertaining. It provides many things to do and see so that guests can spend all day there without having to take a break or get bored & leave. Between playing with the dogs and watching the various shows, it feels like I can stay there all weekend. Check out America’s Family Pet Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.

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