This Weekend! The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo is Back October 8-10

Pet Expo with kids with snake
Images via Pet Expo and the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board.

The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo returns for the first time since the outbreak of COVID on October 8-10, 2021, with fur-flying entertainment, dog sporting competitions, and educational programs designed for the whole family. 

Popular Pet Expo features entertainment, education, and shopping.
Popular Pet Expo features entertainment, education, and shopping.

The event returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and features many special attractions, pet adoptions, and outstanding shopping for pet lovers and their pets.

“This event is the largest and most popular show we do,” said show co-producer Karen Garetano of Family Pet Shows, which runs seven similar events in the northeast.  “We are excited to be back in Philly after a long, unplanned break.”

The 80+ special exhibits always feature some of the hottest new products coming out often before they hit the retail shelves. 

Dogs on leashes are always welcome, and several area rescue groups with adoptable pets will be on hand. 

“We always have fun at these events, but we also are strong supporters of responsible pet ownership and humane values when it comes to all issues involving animals and pets,” said Garetano.  “We partner with several community organizations, shelters, veterinarians, and other animal lovers educate and inform when it comes to best practices for training, feeding, and all aspects of pet care.”

Turtle eating lettuce at pet expo.
This turtle loves his treats.

Community and rescue organizations participating in the show include the Greater Philadelphia Search & Rescue, Noah’s Ark Rescue & Sanctuary, Brandywine SPCA, The Philly Bully Team, PinUps for Pitbulls, Forgotten Felines of Maine, Animal Rescue, Forever Your Rescue, and 3 Husketeers Rescue. 

Friday, October 8, is Family Night and kids under 12 are free, and the rest of the weekend adult admission is $15. 

Kids 3-11 are $6, and those under three years old are always free.    

Friday hours are 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturday, October 9, from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sunday, October 10, from 10 am to 5 pm.   

This Year’s Featured Performers at the Pet Expo:

Popular performers and presenters include Gail Mirabella and the Dynomite Dogs,  the Dog Lovers Lure Course,  Johnny Peers Muttville Mix, Rainforest Reptiles, Rabbit Hopping, Cat Education Area, and a special Alpacas exhibit. 

AKC Good Citizen Testing – testing will be offered at the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo. All breeds and mixed breeds are welcome. Please check the website for information.

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Family Pet Shows, formerly known as The Horse and Pet Expo, is a family-owned and operated company run by Karen and Dennis Garetano, and their son Joe Garetano. In 1994, they launched a horse expo in Fort Washington, PA. 

For additional information, call (631) 423-0620 or visit here.

Long Island Backstory shares info on Family Pet Shows, a family-owned and operated company that for nearly 20 years has successfully hosted pet expos, beginning in 1994, in Pennsylvania.

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