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America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC Fair & Event Center


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The 27th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns April 22-24, 2016, to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Cats, dogs, miniature farm animals, birds and exotic reptiles will come together in this event, giving show guests the opportunity to experience furry, feathered and scaled friends in a variety of different ways.

“The pet expo is excited and proud to once again bring responsible pet care, entertainment and pet adoptions to Orange County for the 27th year,” said Doug Poindexter, president of the Monrovia, Calif.-based World Pet Association, producer of America’s Family Pet Expo. “As the years progress, so does the show, with a variety of educational presentations, product launches, amazing pet acts and our popular animal adoptions. The pet expo truly is the place for anything pet related.”

Last year, 45,000 guests visited America’s Family Pet Expo, a 5 percent increase from 2014. There were more than 600 animal adoptions including dogs, cats—and even a few guinea pigs—that were adopted into “forever homes” from the pet expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations.

New to the pet expo is a collection of mini farm animals including mini donkeys, mini cattle, mini sheep, mini dairy goats, chickens, rabbits and potbelly pigs. For equine lovers, horses from Camp Rusk Foundation for Retired Horses will make their debut.

Returning fan favorites include Splash Dogs, offering a wet-and-wild canine competition, and the Police Dog & Protection Demonstrations, crime-fighting dogs in action showing how they serve and protect our community. The Free Flight Bird Show, where magnificent birds spread their wings and take flight, will perform throughout the weekend.

Kids can get in on the action by designing and creating a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kids Aquarium Contest. There also will be pony rides, face painting and The Great American Petting Zoo. 

Pet adoptions will be handled on site for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family. There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their forever home from local community partner organizations at the pet expo.

General admission is $13; seniors 60 and over, $11.00; children 6-12, $8; and guests 5 years and under are admitted free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours are Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The facility charges $7 for parking. Please leave all pets at home.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit petexpooc.org

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