Bring Your Pet to the Phoenix Pet Expo on Saturday, May 7th!

PHOENIX, AZ — Pet lovers in the Phoenix area should get their four-legged friends ready for the 2011 Phoenix Pet Expo, Saturday, May 7th, at University of Phoenix Stadium. This free indoor event attracts thousands of pet lovers looking to enjoy a day out with their furry, feathered or reptilian pals! Last year, more than 12,000 people – and their pets – spent the day at the expo.

From 10 AM to 6 PM, the expo will be packed with more then 225 local and nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and organizations primarily geared towards pet lovers. Whether you’d like to learn, shop, play or adopt, this an event you won’t want to miss!

Because the Phoenix Pet Expo is also designed to promote responsible pet ownership, the highlight of the day will be a mega-adoption event. Courtney Rydstrom, show production manager for the expo explains, “The Mega-Adoption event is a very popular part of our events. If you’re looking to add a new member to your family, more than 500 pets will be available for adoption, along with information from dozens of local rescue groups and shelters. It’s wonderful to see a pet connect with their new forever home.”

If it’s entertainment or live demonstrations that you’re interested in, you’ll have ample opportunity to watch – and take part in – the day’s events. You can sign your pet friend up to participate in several competitions, such as the ever-popular costume contest, talent contest or fashion show. Information about obedience training, pet behavior, nutrition, activism and more will be presented all day on the entertainment stages.

Dog owners can also sign their pets up to fly with Splash Dogs at the expo, a nationally-recognized dog enthusiast company that organizes and promotes dock jumping events.

The expo’s agility course attracts a large following who enjoy watching handlers race their dogs through an obstacle course. The handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

Other activities include flyball races with Phoenix Fuzion and Phoenix Hot Pawsuit and performances by Arizona Canine Musical Freestylers, who’ll show us why this dynamic modern sport, combining obedience, tricks and creative dance, is so exciting.

Rydstrom adds, “A lot of people don’t realize all of the pet-friendly resources available to them in their communities and our goal is to help get that information out there. It’s a fun-filled day for pet owners – or those who’d one day like to be!”

Of course, pets are welcome to attend the event, provided that they are on a fixed lead and have proof of age-appropriate current vaccinations. Not up to date on vaccinations? Don’t worry! There will be discounted vaccinations and low-cost microchipping available. You can even take advantage of free nail trims!

The Phoenix Expo is organized by Amazing Pet Expos, which currently produces more than a dozen pet expos around the country; all of them indoors and free to the general public.


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