The 22nd annual America’s Family Pet Expo, hosted by the World Pet Association (WPA), returned to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., April 15-17. The pet expo featured stage shows, educational experiences with more than 1,000 animals, shopping, pet experts and family-friendly entertainment.
Additionally, America’s Family Pet Expo donated 134 booth spaces to local shelters and rescue organizations, which resulted in the adoption of 682 animals, breaking last year’s record of 668 animals. The number of adopted pets included 563 dogs, 88 cats, 12 rats, seven guinea pigs, seven chinchillas and five rabbits placed into new homes. Pet adoption sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals provided certificates for a free first exam at its hospitals to ensure each adoptee joins their forever family with a healthy start. Including 2011’s adoption numbers, America’s Family Pet Expo has helped more than 7,082 animals find forever homes since 1996.