America’s Family Pet Expo Celebrates Record Breaking Attendance

Posted On: 05-02-2016

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America’s Family Pet Expo Celebrates Record Breaking Attendance 

Thousands of Pet Lovers Made the America’s Family Pet Expo their weekend destination as the 27th Annual Expo was held at the OC Fair & Event Center  

ORANGE COUNTY, CA –  (April 28, 2016) Official attendance numbers have been reported and show organizers enthusiastically report that more than 47,000 guests visited the America’s Family Pet Expo (AFPE), held April 22-24, 2016 at the OC Fair & Event Center, showing a  4% increase from 2015. In addition, nearly 600 dogs, cats – and even a few rabbits – were adopted into “forever homes” from AFPE’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations. Additionally, approximately 130 of those adoptable animals received complimentary grooming from California groomers who volunteer their time.

“Every year, our goal is to offer new and exciting features to the show, while keeping in line with our mission of promoting responsible pet care,” says Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “We want every year to be a unique interactive and educational experience for our guests.”

More than 475 exhibitors at the Expo showcased the latest in pet products and pet trends, from mid-century Modern cat furniture, architecturally-inspired custom dog houses, must-have accessories such as a jeweled dog collars, colorful cat bow-ties to pet outfits perfect for any occasion, the Pet Expo defined itself as a one-stop destination for consumers to purchase specialty items for their pet.

“This is the West Coast debut for many products that aren’t available yet at retail locations,” said Poindexter.  “Which is why pet lovers travel from throughout Southern California to visit the show year after year. We listen to customer feedback, and register exhibitors who represent what’s on trend in the marketplace.”

America’s Family Pet Expo would like to thank our official sponsors for their generous support. Gold Sponsors: Blue Buffalo Co., CANIDAE Pet Foods, Purina Pro Plan, The International Cat Association Inc.; Silver Sponsors: Banfield Pet Hospital, Catit, Natural Balance Pet Foods, Pets in the Classroom, Vesper; Bronze Sponsors – Aqueon, Bayer Animal Care, CaribSea, Coastal Pet Products, Cobalt Aquatics, FLUVAL, Grizzly Pet Products, Hikari, Jeffers, Kaleo Marketing, Seachem Laboratories, Tetra, VCA Animal Hospitals, Wet Okole Hawaii.

Plans are already underway for the 28th America’s Family Pet Expo, April 28-30, 2017 at the OC Fair & Event Center. For more information, contact the World Pet Association at (626) 447-2222.

The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 65-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.