Billed as the â€śultimate pet party,â€ť these events have set the new standard for quality pet expos while introducing pet lovers to all of the pet resources that their local - and national - community has to offer.
Online PR News – 19-April-2014 – Saint Louis, MO – The team behind Amazing Pet Expos has reason to celebrate today since they just found out that theyâ€™ve set a new industry standard for national pet expos. In just five years, Amazing Pet Expos has welcomed more than 700,000 guests - and their pets - to their 72 consecutive pet expos in more than 40 states across the country.
â€śWeâ€™re delighted to learn that weâ€™ve produced the most-attended public pet expo series ever,â€ť says the Vice-President of Amazing Pet Expos, Patricia Welch. She adds, â€śIt really is amazing how the pet community has responded to our events over the past five years. Pets play such a huge part in our lives - people want opportunities like this to enjoy a day devoted to their best pet friend.â€ť
Why have they experienced such success in the pet expo market? According to some folks, including Luigi Francis â€śShortyâ€ť Rossi, star of the runaway hit TV show, â€śPit Bossâ€ť on Animal Planet, itâ€™s because they encourage any well-behaved pet - regardless of breed - to attend their events.
â€śIâ€™ve been working with Amazing Pet Expos for three years now and itâ€™s obvious how much theyâ€™re committed to establishing that pets are family everywhere they go. Your Pitbull might be kicked out of a dog park or unable to go to the doggie daycare, but theyâ€™re welcomed at an Amazing Pet Expo. Itâ€™s all about educating people and I see peopleâ€™s eyes opened at every one of these events,â€ť Rossi explains.
Itâ€™s likely that their commitment to providing free pet events to communities across the country has helped too. â€śWe have so many wonderful exhibitors and rescues whoâ€™ve supported us through the years - we couldnâ€™t have done it without them. Rather than spend money on admission, we want our guests to spend money with those exhibitors and be able to make donations to the rescue groups that are there,â€ť adds Welch. â€śWe know our guests also appreciate that we treat their furry, feathered and reptilian pet pals with just as much love and respect as we do every person walking through our doors.â€ť
Each expo is also deeply rooted in the local pet community and market. Nearly 90% of every eventâ€™s exhibitors feature local shelters, rescue groups, pet businesses and pet industry entrepreneurs. This allows for networking and collaborations to occur between businesses, non-profits, animal advocates and pet owners - a rare opportunity for most pet lovers. It also doesnâ€™t hurt Amazing Pet Expos to have some serious pet-star power in their corner either.
â€śPit Bossâ€ť Shorty Rossi and his canine sidekick, Hercules, have been the companyâ€™s national spokesperson (and spokes-pooch) since 2011 and have already committed to Amazing Pet Expos through 2015. Becoming a â€śBossâ€ť wasn't easy for Rossi: A rough childhood, a Gangland lifestyle and 10 years in Folsom State Prison could have derailed anyone's dreams. Itâ€™s the loyalty and companionship of Pitbulls, as he experienced his darkest moments, that Rossi credits with transforming his life. When Rossi isnâ€™t managing Shortywood Productions, a company that works with little people in the entertainment industry or filming â€śPit Bossâ€ť or Animal Planetâ€™s newest show, â€śAmericasâ€™s Cutest Pet,â€ť heâ€™s working with Shortyâ€™s Pitbull Rescue, a charity he formed that rescues, rehabilitates and places neglected and abused Pitbulls in loving, nurturing homes.
"Guests are always amazed at what these pet expos have to offer. An Amazing Pet Expo is a great socialization tool for your pets,â€ť adds Rossi. â€śAnd seeing so many kinds of different pet types and breeds at one event is really something to see! People might decide to go to a pet expo to just have fun with their pet, but they end up leaving with new knowledge on how to be the best pet owner possible - and they can take what they learned into their community and make a difference for all animals.â€ť
Amazing Pet Expos started out with a simple mission: To let pet lovers know about all of the fantastic resources in their own communities. â€śA perfect example of this is when weâ€™d get a phone call from someone in our own town asking if we knew of a nice rescue group; theyâ€™d lost their job and they couldnâ€™t afford their dog any longer, but were desperate to find the best home possible. What that person didnâ€™t yet know was that St. Louis - like most cities - has pet food pantries, low-cost immunizations, free spay and neuter resources and even wonderful rescue groups that offer help so that these four-legged family members can stay right where they belong: with their family. Too many pets end up in shelters just because people donâ€™t know how to care for them or they have an easily-fixed behavior problem or because pet owners think they have no alternatives. And thatâ€™s sad,â€ť states Welch.
That â€śmissionâ€ť quickly took on a life of itâ€™s own to now include 39 pet expos across the country - all of them indoors - with an average of 150 exhibitors, live entertainment, education and demonstrations, Petfinder.com mega-adoption areas with more than 250 rescue pets available for adoption, low-cost immunizations, discounted microchipping, free nails trims for all the furry friends who need them and more.
While Amazing Pet Expos has clearly done a whole lot of pet expos, Welch insists that theyâ€™re just getting started: â€śOh, we have very big plans. We learn so much at every one of these shows and weâ€™re excited to put that knowledge to use with some new initiatives that weâ€™re launching in 2015 - itâ€™s going to be a great year.â€ť
For more information about Amazing Pet Expos, call 800.977.3609, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.