Summer Travel Tips

Posted On: 06-22-2015

For many, summer is vacation time!   If you plan on taking a trip with your pet this summer, here are a few tips from America’s Family Expo.

traveling with dogsPrepare your pet.  Traveling with a sick pet isn’t enjoyable for anyone.  Have your pet get a check-up before you leave on vacation may help you avoid sickness.  And while you are at the vet, make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations and have your vet issue a health certificate.  Proper paperwork may be needed when crossing state lines and especially country lines.  Plus, having your medical records as well as your vet’s contact information may come in handy if your pet happens to have a medical issue while away.

Properly ID your pet.  Whether or not you micro-chip your pet, make sure you attach a temporary ID tag to your pet’s collar that lists your cell phone number, email address, and any other contact information that might be helpful in contacting you while away from home.  Having a recent picture of your pet with you may also be helpful.  While we hope your pet does not stray away while on vacation, it is best to be prepared!

Make a list of what you need.  Some things to pack along may include: water and water bowls, a leash, toys, grooming supplies, bedding, litter and a litter box, and any necessary medications.  Also, be sure to pack enough pet food and treats, especially if your pet eats a specific brand that may not be available where you are going.

Practice car safety.  You may hate restraining your pet, but it is important both you and your pet’s safety.  Not having your pet restrained many not only cause him or her to get hurt a lot easier, but can also be a distraction to you and lead to an accident.  There are many different options that allow your pet to be restrained comfortably.  Travel crates, vehicle barriers, car seats, and seat belts are some of the options that are available.  But before you hit the road, let your pet get comfortable and familiar with the restraints so that your trip is less stressful for everyone.

What tips do you have for traveling with your pet?  Please share them with us on our Facebook page.

Enjoy your vacation!


Kid’s Aquarium Contest

Posted On: 05-05-2015

A big congratulations to all of the participants of the Kid’s Aquarium Contest! Every year, the participants use their creativity to come up with some great entries, and we are always thrilled to see the completed environments.  Here are some of the aquariums:

Natural Category, Group Group I (ages 5, 6, 7 & 8)

Natural Group 1 1st Place

Natural Group 2  2nd Place Ages 9-12

Natural Category, Group II (ages 9, 10, 11 & 12)Natural Group 2 1st Place

Natural Group 2 2nd place

Natural Category, Group III (ages 13, 14, 15 & 16)

Natural Group 3 1st Place

Natural Group 3 2nd place

Best in Show – 2nd Place

Best in Show 2nd Place

Creative Category, Group I (ages 5, 6, 7 & 8)

Creative Group 1 1st Place

Creative Group 1 2nd place age 5-8

Creative Group 1 3rd Place

Creative Category, Group II (ages 9, 10, 11 & 12)

Creative Group 2 1st Place

Creative Category, Group III (ages 13, 14, 15 & 16)

Creative Group 3 1st Place

Creative Group 3 2nd Place

Creative Group 3 3rd Place age 13-16


America’s Family Pet Expo Experiences Record Attendance and Over 600 Adoptions

Posted On: 04-20-2015

America’s Family Pet Expo Experiences Record Attendance and Over 600 Adoptions
Thousands of Pet Lovers Made the America’s Family Pet Expo their weekend destination as the 26th Annual Expo was held at the OC Fair & Event Center  

–  (April 20, 2015) Attendance numbers are in, and show organizers enthusiastically report that 45,000 guests visited the America’s Family Pet Expo (AFPE), held April 10-12 at the OC Fair & Event Center, showing a  5% increase from 2014. In addition, more than 600 dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs – were adopted into “forever homes” from AFPE’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations.

“Every year, our goal is to offer new and exciting features to the show,” 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 experience for our guests. This year, the Purina Pro Performance Dog Agility Team, a special appearance by Anaheim Police Department’s hero canine, Bruno, and Cook’s Racing Hogs and Dogs were definitely some of the fan favorites .”

More than 450 exhibitors at the Expo showcased the latest in pet products and pet trends, from designer outfits, must-have accessories such as a doggie treadmill, leashes to even the “purrfect” cat scratcher, the Expo defined itself as a one-stop destination for consumers to purchase specialty items for their pet.

“Our exhibitors offer products that are original, hard to find or are unique to the marketplace,” said Dave Williams, Vice President of Sales of  the World Pet Association.  “Which is why pet lovers travel from throughout Southern California to visit the show. We listen to their feedback and bring in exhibitors who reflect market demand.”

As always, the goal of the America’s Family Pet Expo is to educate consumers about choosing and caring for a pet that’s right for their family. Says Williams, “Our priority will always be to provide an all-inclusive event to promote responsible pet care whether your pet walks, flies, swims or slithers in a welcoming and exciting environment.”

Plans are already underway for the 27th America’s Family Pet Expo, April 29-May 1, 2016 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 64-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.