Posted: April 29, 2011, 2:15 p.m. EDT
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Rabbits, rats, guinea pigs and chinchillas were among the hundreds of pets that were adopted during the recent America's Family Pet Expo.
The World Pet Association’s 22nd annual America’s Family Pet Expo, held April 15 to 17, 2011, in Costa Mesa, California, resulted in a record number of animal adoptions, organizers reported this week. A total of 682 animals were adopted from local animal shelters at this year’s event, breaking last year’s record of 668 adoptions.
In addition to animal adoptions, the event featured a number of exhibitors of pet products and pet-related services and more than 1,000 animals in educational exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and entertaining performances.
The number of visitors who attended this year's event is not yet available. Last year's event drew more than 37,000 visitors.
“This year’s America’s Family Pet Expo was a great success, not only because we once again achieved another year of record-breaking adoptions, but because we continued the World Pet Association’s mission of educating consumers about responsible pet care and bringing a pet into your family that complements your lifestyle,” said WPA president Doug Poindexter. “We are looking forward to returning to Orange County [California] next year and continue to be a bridge in the community helping even more pets find forever homes.”
This year, WPA donated 134 booth spaces to local animal shelters and rescues to help the organizations place homeless pets. The event resulted in the adoption of 563 dogs, 88 cats, 12 rats, seven guinea pigs, seven chinchillas and five rabbits, according to WPA. Adoption sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals provided newly adoptive parents certificates for a free first exam. Including 2011’s adoption numbers, America’s Family Pet Expo has helped more than 7,080 animals find homes since 1996.
This year’s entertainment lineup included Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show, police and search dog demonstrations and Joe Krathwohl’s Free-Flight Bird Show. New to the show was the Aquatic Experience exhibit, which featured an array of fish donated by Segrest Farms of Gibsonton, Florida. The exhibit included a touch tank to encourage hands-on education and examples of how to incorporate aquaria in the home.
Sponsors of America’s Family Pet Expo 2011 were Aqueon; Banfield Pet Hospital; Canidae All Natural Pet Food; Central Aquatics; Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines; Grizzly Pet Products; Instant Ocean; Hikari; Jefferspet.com; Kaytee; Marineland; Natural Balance; Pacific Monarch Resorts Inc.; The Pet Care Trust; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council; Petco; Petsmart; Odor-No-More; Seachem; Shell Vacation Clubs; Super Pet; Tetra and Tetra Fauna; Toyota and VCA Animal Hospitals.
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