Long Island Pet Expo Boasts New Animal Acts
All photos courtesy of American Pet Professionals
The Long Island Pet Expo is returning for the seventh year at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, N.Y., March 4-6, 2016, with new animal acts. Attendees will be wowed with high-flying dogs, cats doing agility, exotic animals, a rainforest reptile show, a petting zoo, adoptable pets and more.
Family Pet Shows, the organizer, offers something for everyone at every age. Kids will love the show just as much as adults, and pet owners can shop at the vendors with their pets in between watching the pet acts and visiting the many educational animal and wildlife exhibits.
Features this year include:
- Johnny Peers, Muttville Comix: Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus and the White House.
- TICA Championship Cat Show: For cat lovers who have never been to a cat show, this is a perfect way to see different breeds of cats up close. There will be a parade of cat breeds within the show.
- Dancing Dogs: Diana Frohman and her golden retrievers will be giving Dancing With Your Dog performances.
- Dachshund Derby: Due to popular demand, the Long Island Dachshund Derby will be back this year both Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Purebred Dachshunds and mixes are invited to compete.
- Rainforest Reptile Show: This is an exciting, fascinating adventure through the rare and endangered reptile world. Many exotic herps will be at the show, including alligators, snakes, lizards, turtles and more.
- Cat Agility: Can you picture it? Cats speeding through an agility course to get the best time? Well, some take their sweet time, while other cats go right through the course—either way, it’s a sight to be seen.
- Dog Agility: Doggie U K9 Academy will be doing dog agility demos all weekend in the main show ring.
- Adoptable Pets: Many local Long Island rescue groups will be at the show with adoptable pets.
The pet expo is expected to bring more than 12,000 people throughout the weekend and will feature vendors offering many pet products for sale; fun, unique and educational entertainment programs; and many pet professionals from Long Island and around the country.
“Last year we had over 12,000 people through our doors over the weekend, and we are excited to once again bring new entertainment, educational exhibits, exotic pets, local animal rescue groups and tons of shopping of new pet items for pet parents to learn about,” said show organizer Karen Garetano of Family Pet Shows. “Long Island is our home, and this is one of our biggest expos we host, and we make sure that people of all ages will enjoy the show.”
Dennis and Karen Garetano, the show organizers, also allow animal rescue groups that are official non-for-profit organizations to have a free space at the event, offering the public information, education on responsible pet ownership and adoptable pets on site.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own pets to enjoy the show. Pets must be leashed, well behaved and up-to-date on vaccinations; owners must fill out a waiver upon arrival at the show.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under (accept Friday night); kids age 3 and under free. Friday night is Family Night, where kids 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information about the Long Island Pet Expo, go to familypetshows.com or call 631-423-0620. There is limited vendor space left. Contact the show for more information.
The show will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Hours on Saturday, March 5, are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.