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America’s Family Pet Expo comes to Orange County April 26-28

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America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption innovative products and nutrition all at the OC Fair & Event Center.The Pet Expo will also debut “Kids’ Pet Care Course.” Led by licensed dog trainers, Kid Camp is an immersive experience where kids age 6-12 can learn how to care for their pet and will Earn a responsible pet ownership certificate. In 2018, there were more than 698 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs who found forever homes during the three-day event which drew approximately 50,000 attendees.Coming this year to America’s Family Pet Expo is the Instagram sensation “Moshow the Cat Rapper” (@iAmMoshow), who boasts nearly 223K followers and more than 1M video views. Known for rapping about cat care and his passion for “cat ladies and cats,” he will be rapping on stage along with meet and greets at the TICA Cat Show twice daily, all weekend.The “All-Star Stunt Dog Show” will be entertaining at the Pet Expo. Founded in 1999, the canine agility-show features high-flying, fearless and air-defying canines as they try to out-trick, flip and out jump one another. Audiences will be mesmerized by their talent and boundless energy.The 2019 Expo will be the “Cat’s Meow” as the The Catit Playground and TICA, The International Cat Association, returns. From rare breeds to household domestics, TICA will offer continuous opportunities for owners to showcase their prize-worthy felines for best in show categories. Alongside TICA, the Catit Playground will provide a close-up view for guests to watch adorable, adoptable cats and kittens and see how they interact with different toys and people.Returning favorites to the Pet Expo include Repticon, Reptile Show andSale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles in all shapes and sizes, such as lizards, snakes, and spiders. Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping.In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest sponsored by Tetra/Marineland. Continuing this year is the America’s Family Pet Expo Hobbyist Aquascaping contest sponsored by FLUVAL. Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs sponsored by CANIDAE will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping. There will also be the Butterfly Walk-Through, Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations, an Aquatic Touch Tank, Tortoise Petting Exjbit and The Free Flight Bird Show as added features.Doggie makeovers and pet adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family. There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “fur-ever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.
“Our promise is to always be the at the forefront of trends, nutrition, and animal education,” said Harold. “Looking ahead to the future, the America’s Family Pet Expo will continue to be the place for animal lovers of all ages to come together to connect and experience the best of pet ownership for generations to come.”

Ticket and Parking Pricing
Advance tickets can be purchased online HERE at a discounted price of $16 thru April 25th
Tickets purchased at the box office from April 26-28 are priced at:

  • Adults $18
  • Seniors $14
  • Kids 6-12 $11
  • Kids 5 and under & Active & Retired Military (with valid ID) Free

The facility charges $9.00 for parking.

Show Hours 

    • Friday 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 10am-7pm
  • Sunday 10am-6pm

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626.
Guests are invited to bring their dogs with a purchase of a $10 ticket. For more info, please go HERE. Guests are asked to leave all other pets at home.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my winners to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the event. To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this blog post, telling me if you have any pets and if so, what they are. If you don’t, please tell me what kind of pet you hope to get one day. I’ll accept comments as entries through 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2019. Prize has no cash value. Giveaway open to U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older!

For more info about America’s Pet Expo, please visit their site HERE.

Imperial Highway Animal Clinic to Host Its First Annual Yorba Linda Pet Fair on 5/22

The cat’s out of the bag! Imperial Highway Animal Clinic is calling all pet-lovers to attend its first annual Yorba Linda Pet Fair, which will take place on Sunday, May 22 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. imperial-highway-animal-clinic
The event will be one-of-a-kind, offering both medical services for animals as well as an afternoon full of pets, food and fun. It will provide locals with the opportunity to get connected with their community animal clinic and enjoy themselves while also contributing to a good cause. The Yorba Linda Pet Fair will provide visitors with a chance to meet some adoptable pets, cash in on discounted vaccinations, visit with dog trainers, and even a few pet vendors. There will be a dog wellness seminar held at 11:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. and children can have their photo taken with an Alpaca who will be joining the fun as well.

YorbaLindaPetFair1 (1)Some local animal rescue groups and pet-related businesses will partner with the Imperial Highway Animal Clinic to share information on pet wellness for those already in homes, as well as raise awareness for those pets who need new homes. All proceeds from the event will go to participating rescue groups.

The number of shelter animals continues to grow each year.  Just over half of all shelter animals in Orange County are able to find new homes and our goal is to increase that number by raising awareness in hosting a fun, charitable event like the Yorba Linda Pet Fair”. – Dr. John Adam, DVM, CBA, Owner and President of Imperial Highway Animal Clinic

This year’s list of participating sponsors include:

  • K9 Swag
  • Paws for the Day
  • I Pitty the Bull
  • Margo Perryman, dog trainer
  • Clowning Creations by Wendy


  • German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
  • Bichon Rescue of Orange County
  • 4 Life Animal Rescue
  • Helping Herders Rescue
  • K9 Kismet

Tacos and hot dogs will also be available for purchase at the event, with some of the proceeds going towards a few local dog shelters.

For more information about the event, please call (714) 996-7610 or visit here.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and photos are property of IHAC. 

Our Pet Adoption Story

Last Fall, we had to put our precious, almost 19 year-old, cat “Baby” to sleep, after she became very ill.  She was the sweetest, most gentle and loving black cat there ever was and lived a good, long life indoors. She snuggled, she played with my daughter, and they had grown very close in their years together. pet-adoption-they-were-bffsHer passing left a giant hole in our hearts and an absence in our home and we miss her every single day! Baby the Cat was our “person”. pet-adoption-she-was-our-personAs Thanksgiving neared, I realized that this would be the first holiday season in 19 years, that we would be pet-less. My daughter has been extremely emotional about the loss of our cat and began asking for another cat, specifically a kitten. I even overheard her ask Santa for one. Luckily, Santa told her that a kitten was a gift that she’d have to ask her parents for. pet-adoption-no-real-reason-not-to-adoptI couldn’t see any reason NOT to get another cat and I really wanted to adopt one because there are far too many animals sitting in shelters and rescues that need a good home. I’ve always taught my daughter about the importance of animal adoption. pet-adoption-local-animal-sheltersIf you are looking to get a new family pet, there are numerous shelters and pet rescues to turn to. I would definitely say that it’s not easy or quick to do a pet adoption, but it’s totally worth it when you do! pet-adoption-she-was-a-strayWe were so blessed to find “Mrs. Donner” in our local animal shelter, right before Christmas. She was found on the streets as a “stray cat”. We knew she was the one because she “talked” to us through her cage when we walked by.She has the cutest voice and is definitely a talker. She also has the most beautiful green eyes, don’t you think? What we didn’t know at first was that she had recently delivered a litter of kittens. (that’s a whole other story) After we put in our application to adopt “Mrs. Donner” we had to wait a couple of weeks to be able to bring her home until all of her milk was dried up AND until she was spayed. We continued to visit her in the shelter on a daily basis though. We spent time with her in one of the rooms because we wanted her to know us and our scent. We wanted her to know we were now “her people”pet-adoption-taking-her-homeOn the day we got to bring our new kitty home, we showed up with a cat carrier to take her home. She was a bit skeptical and still doesn’t prefer loud noises but I swear she was smiling once we got her home! Actually, she smiles a lot! I think we really lucked out because she doesn’t use her claws AT ALL or bite. If she does grab on, it’s so gentle and just to play. pet-adoption-she-smiles-all-the-timeWe renamed her “Lucy Belle” and her nickname is “Luz”, which means “light” in Spanish. She’s adapted really well in our home in just a short amount of time. pet-adoption-comfy-at-homeI don’t know if Lucy realizes what the internet even is, but I love to post lots of pictures of her on my Instagram because I’m so proud to be her owner! We want Lucy to be an example of how much potential a shelter cat has and hopefully inspire others to adopt. She also has her own Instagram and Twitter accounts because we want her to be a face for the animals who need homes since there are way too manypet-adoption-lucyIt wasn’t easy to adopt a pet and it definitely wasn’t a quick process. However, adopting an animal is the right thing to do and anyone wanting to get a pet should give one (or more) of these homeless animals a place in their heart and a place in their home!

Have you ever adopted a pet or considered doing so? It’s the best!

This is not a sponsored post All opinions are 100% my own and from my heart