Taking their cue from a classic tune, animal lovers will say “Chicago is My Kind of Town” when they head to the Windy City Pet Expo– a day devoted to all our furry, finned and fine-feathered friends in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park.
- Stars of the Animal Planet series Pit Boss, Shorty Rossi and his canine companion Hercules will make a ‘Pit’ stop at the expo to meet fans and talk about the ongoing need to help canines who have been dogged by prejudice.
- Doggedly devoted to the welfare of our tail-wagging chums for the past two decades, celebrity dog trainer Harrison Forbes will host a pet Q&A session.
Fans of Fidos will be blown away by all of The Windy City Pet Expo’s activities:
- Potential pet parents can learn How to Choose the Perfect Pooch! during a lecture from Loving Heart Animal Shelter.
- Relive childhood memories with your Rover with a pet/guardian version of Musical Chairs.
- Clever canines can step on stage for a chance to be dubbed the top dog in the Animals Got Talent! competition.
- Find out ways to save your Spot during a CPR and First Aid demonstration.
- Join a salute to Military Working Dogs.
- Watch as Spots show off their skills and see if your tail-wagging chum wants to take part in a Rally Demonstration, with the handler reading, executing and following the signs through an agility course in the least amount of time.
- Be sure to sniff out the K9 Nose Work Demonstration.
- Sing for your Spot’s supper during the Dog Karaoke Competition, with the winner receiving a year’s supply of Natural Balance Dog Food.
- Pet parents can help their four-pawed pal into doggie duds for the Pet Costume Contest.
- Rachel Phelps from PrestonSpeaks.comwill discuss ways to save bucks while traveling with your barking buddy.
- Watch as talented tail-waggers from a K9 Drill Team move their feet (…er, paws) to the beat during choreographed routines.
- Cheer for the skilled Spots who will show off their doggie dexterity in an agility demonstration, which will be followed by a Q&A session and the chance for one fortunate Fido from the crowd to try out the course.
- Discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives.
- Free nail trims for Fidos.
If you’re looking for a four-pawed pal, the Windy City pet Expo is also a mega-adoption event featuring adorable adoptables from the following shelters and rescue organizations:
A Heart for Animals, Inc
All Breed Rescue and Adoption, Inc
Almost Home Foundation
Animal Rescue Associates
Animal Welfare League
Cat Guardians Inc
Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue
Chicagoland Dog Rescue
Chicagoland Eskie Rescue
Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois, Inc
Echo Dog White Shepherd Rescue
Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Inc
Free Spirit Siberian Rescue
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control
Grahamville Rescue and Sanctuary
Greater Chicago Ferret Association
Gypsy Cats NFP Inc
House Rabbit Society of Chicago
Illinois Shorthair Rescue
It’s A Pittie Rescue
K9 4 KEEPS
Loving Paws Inc
Magnificent Mutts Rescue
Midwest Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare
Orphaned Paws Rescue, Inc
PURRS of Naperville
Rover Grade Finally Home Animal Sanctuary
S.T.A.A.R. (Second Time Around Animal Rescue)
Second Chance Pet Adoption
Second City Canine Rescue
Shih Tzu Rescue Adoption & Education Safe House (S.T.R.A.E.S.)
Strays Halfway House
Thai Ridgeback Rescue Network
Tree House Humane Society
True Hearts of Rottweiler Rescue
Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue
…and much more!
Admission: Free (and pets are welcome!)
When: July 20, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Odeum Expo Center at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park, Illinois
For more information:
- visit www.windycitypetexpo.com
Photo courtesy Amazing Pet Expo