When is America’s Family Pet Expo?
Friday April 26th 10am-6pm, Saturday 27th 10am-7pm, Sunday 28th 10am-6pm, 2019.  At the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Who is the contact for media?
Jennifer Petro Becker
(818) 786-1606 – office

How much are tickets?
Adult $16 (online discount–deadline Thursday 4/25) $18 (onsite starting Friday 4/26),  Seniors 60 & over: $14, Children 6-12: $11, $10 per Dog at gate with signed waiver,  Ages 5 and under: Free,  Active and retired military members with valid ID: Free.  All sales are final. There are no refunds.

Am I able to leave the event and re-enter?
You are allowed re-entry with a valid handstamp and admission ticket, the OC Fair & Event Center requires you must pay for parking every time you leave the parking lot.

Is there a parking fee?
Yes, the OC Fair & Event Center charges $9.00 per vehicle. Parking can only be purchased once you arrive at the Fair and is cash only. Parking does not include in-and-out privileges or refunds.

There are reserved parking spaces for patrons with disabilities in close proximity to all admission gate entrances with easy access.  Please remember to display your ID placard in your vehicle’s windshield before parking in any space for people with disabilities.

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, a hat and sunblock for the outdoor locations. Please plan accordingly and dress for the weather appropriately.

Are there discount hotel rates for attendees?
Yes, please visit the Hotel & Travel section on our website for more details.

Are pets allowed?
This year we are allowing public dogs, one per individual with payment and signed a waiver at the gate.  For the information and liability waiver that must be signed, click here.

  • Please only bring your dog if it is well behaved; does not get stressed out in crowded, stimulating and noisy areas.  There are many other types of animals at our show.
  • Review the map for all the doggy potty areas and ask staff members walking around where the doggy potty areas are located.
  • There are water fountains throughout the expo, please make sure to bring your own travel doggy bowl.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the following areas: Baja Blues Restaurant, Building 12 w/ the cats, Courtyard Cat Adopt., Market Place, OC Farm, and Heroes Hall

Can I adopt a pet at the Pet Expo?
Yes, we have designated areas with a variety of adoption groups (refer to map for locations).

Choosing to adopt a pet is an important decision.  Below is some information to help you prepare and understand how the process works.

Please keep in mind that each adoption group must adhere to their own policies and regulations for placing any animals in accordance with State laws. Many can range from a government-run agency with few restrictions to private groups with very specific restrictions.  WPA/America’s Family Pet Expo is not responsible for any decisions made between the adoption group and show attendees.

When Thinking About Adoption, Ask Yourself –

  • Do you have the time to take care of a pet? Most pets need some sort of socializing with the owner, exercise and play time, and every pet needs to be fed and cared for.
  • Do you have room in your home for the pet?
  • Are you prepared for years of friendship and years of care? Dogs and cats can live 15 years or more.
  • There are costs, too. Food, veterinary care and licensing (for animals like dogs and cats) are long-term expenses.
  • Do you have children? Very young children and a new pet may not mix, especially when it comes to cats and dogs.

Adoption Process Basics –

Each agency has its own process for adoption, but here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Some adoptions may happen the same day, other times it may take several days or longer. Ask the group how long a typical adoption takes.
  • You’ll be asked to fill out some paperwork. The application is geared for determining if you’re a good candidate to adopt a pet and what type of pet might be best for you.
  • Is there’s a fee?  Yes, most adoption groups charge a fee.  Fees vary per group.
  • Some agencies won’t let you take the pet home until they have seen you and your spouse and/or children interact with the pet.

Your Part In The Process –

Your part is more than just filling out paperwork and paying a fee, too.  Be prepared to ask questions to make sure you get the pet that’s right for you. For example:

  • How the pet got to the adoption group. Was it a stray, did an owner drop it off or was the animal taken from the home because it was being abused? There may be behavioral or medical problems you’ll want to know about before you adopt.
  • Whether the group offers training classes to help your pet adjust to its new home.
  • Who’s responsible for medical care if your pet becomes ill shortly after leaving the group.
  • What happens if the adoption simply doesn’t “work out.” What if your new pet doesn’t get along with your children or other pets? What happens if you have to move and you can’t take the pet with you? Some groups may let you return the pet within a certain number of days, while others may leave it up to you find the pet a new, good home.
  • If you rent, lease, or are part of an HOA you should be able to show what pets and their size are allowed.

Applications Get Rejected

Sometimes adoption applications are rejected. There are many reasons why. For example, you may not be the only person interested in a pet and someone else may have filed an application first. Or, the group may decide the pet you want isn’t right for you or your family. For example, someone living in an apartment may not be an ideal candidate for a Great Dane.

If adoption was rejected, find out why your application was denied by the group and what recommendations they may have for you to be a pet owner in the near future.

Can I bring snacks and beverages into the show?
You may bring snacks/non-alcoholic beverages into the OC Fairgrounds as long as they are in factory sealed plastic receptacles. No cans, glass, outside alcohol or hard-sided coolers.  All belongings are subject to inspection before entering.  Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at the event.

I lost or found something at America’s Family Pet Expo, who do I contact?
The Safety & Security Department handles Lost & Found and can be contacted at (714) 708-1588. Their offices are located on the east side of The Hangar.  You may also go to the AFPE show office inside of the Hanger Building 18.

Lost Children
A child who becomes separated from his or her parents while in the Expo will be escorted by WPA staff member or OC Fair Security to the Show Office in The Hanger Bldg. 18.  Once there, the child will be looked after until the parent comes to claim the child.

Please report any lost children to a WPA Staff Member/OC Fair security personnel will assist you.

First Aid
During show days, the First Aid station is located between the Hangar Bldg. #18 and Baja Blues lawn near the Public Safety/Guest Relations Office.  Emergency medical technicians are on duty at all times.

Pet First Aid

VCA is our Pet First Aid, they are located at the end of the Santa Ana Pavilion Breezeway, across from Park Plaza, Booth 1535

America’s Family Pet Expo and OC Fair & Event Center reserves the right to inspect all bags, cartons, containers or coolers brought in or out of the facility at any time.

What form of payments are accepted?
Cash and all major credit cards are accepted for ticket purchases. Food and product vendors selling their own products determine their own forms of acceptable payment. ATM’s are located throughout the property.

Is smoking allowed?
No, the OC Fair & Event Center is a smoke and vapor free event place.

Prohibited Items
To promote a safe, secure and enjoyable environment, all are subject to bag/package checks. Any dangerous, unlawful or prohibited items that are surrendered at the gate will not be returned. Please leave these items at home:

  • Cans or glass bottles   • Hard-sided coolers      • Outside alcohol
  • Pets or other animals with the exception of service animals as defined by the ADA
  • Selfie sticks, Photography tripods or professional camera equipment
  • Drones or remote-controlled surveillance devices
  • Guns, knives, stun guns, tasers, mace, pepper spray, tear gas or any other firearms or weapons, regardless of whether the guest holds a concealed weapons permit
  • Narcotics or other illegal substances
  • No smoking or vaping at the OC Fair & Event Center

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