Expo brings together humans, pets, exhibits

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Expo brings together humans, pets, exhibits

The Austin Pet Expo will bring exhibitors, rescue groups, people and their pets together in the air-conditioned Palmer Events Center Saturday.

Your pet — dog, cat or ferret — can attend, too, on a fixed leash and if up-to-date on vaccinations (or getting them there). A waiver is required; they'll have some at the door and you also can download the form ahead from the Pet Expo website. Be aware that the event will be crowded with adults, kids and other animals with a lot of energy, activity and noise. Think about whether your pet can handle and enjoy that atmosphere. I'm looking forward to checking out all the products, groups and services while my sweet but shy Ginger dog enjoys the A/C at home.

If you don't have a pet but want one, the Expo will be a great place to look. They're promising a "mega" adoption event with dozens of rescue groups represented (including cats and reptiles).

Other planned activities include agility demos, free nail trims, giveaways, a pet costume contest, author presentations, and low-cost vaccinations and microchipping. You can bet that most Austin trainers, rescue groups and pet service businesses will be there, and plenty of fun and useful pet-related products will be for sale. Plus, there will be an appearance by Shorty Rossi of Animal Planet's "Pit Boss" and his dog, Hercules. He'll give a talk about his passion for rescuing pit bulls and be available for autographs, too.

The expo is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to attend. Palmer Events Center is at 900 Barton Springs Road (parking is $7 in the Palmer garage). Find more details, including vaccination pricing, at the expo's website, www.austinpetexpo.com.

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