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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
California Hamster Association Members At The Pet Expo

By Catya
Catya is a judge with the California Hamster Association. She shares her experiences in hamster ownership from a high school student's perspective.

sled-dog
At the pet expo, you can see this dog in action during the sled-dog demonstrations.
merlin, the rescue hamster
Photos Courtesy Catya
This hamster Merlin is a rescue hamster.

Hey, everyone! Two weeks ago, I wrote a little about America’s Family Pet Expo and told some stories from my experiences there. Today, I wanted to share some more about the Pet Expo from a different angle. 

A lot of California Hamster Association (CHA) members probably got their first exposure to the CHA at the Pet Expo. Some of them owned hamsters or were interested in them before they met us, but seeing us at the expo got them into hamster showing and the hamster fancy. Some of them probably didn’t own hamsters before they met us! I bet a lot of people, especially kids, are inspired by the CHA booth to want to be a part of the hamster community.

The CHA has members that live out-of-state who can’t come to most of the shows, but since the expo is such a big event, they’ll often go out of their way to make the trip. At the Pet Expo, we get to see people in the club who we don’t see any other time of year.

Of course, there’s more to do at the Pet Expo than just talk about hamsters. One of our members is active in a dog rescue club and does sled-dog demos. We try to make sure that everyone running the CHA booth gets a chance to visit the dog rescue club’s booth and see at least one sled-dog demo. We also have friends in the rat and mouse clubs, and they’re usually near our booth. We go visit them and talk about all things rodentia.

One of my favorite places to go at the Pet Expo is the rescue/adoption fair. Clubs and booths are not allowed to sell any animals at the expo, but people can adopt animals at the fair. Some great hamster rescue organizations have booths at the adoption fair. Hamster rescue organizations don’t get a lot of attention in the media, but they do a lot of hard work to better the lives of hamsters. What they do is a great thing, and I know many people have gone home from the Pet Expo with a new hamster friend thanks to them.

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Good article!
Mike, Columbia, TN
Posted: 4/24/2009 12:42:29 PM
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