March 16, 2015

Family Pet Expo, now known as Family Pet Shows, has recently rebranded their company. Along with a new name and a new website, the expo boasts a wide variety of entertaining and educational pet-related activities throughout their three-day, weekend-long event. Additionally, vendors will be displaying and selling pet products, offering different pet services and featuring adoptable pets from area rescue groups. There’s lots of interactive fun for children of all ages—exotic pets, farm animals, petting zoos and pony rides—as well as animal experts and conservationists to educate attendees and wow the crowds. Also included are programs for dogs, such as agility try-outs, flyball demos and more.

“We felt that the word ‘expo’ no longer reflected what our show experience is,” said Dennis Garetano, co-owner of Family Pet Shows. “When we started 25 years ago we mainly hosted horse expos, and while they were family-friendly, the expos were really a niche expo for the horse community. As the years went on we started to incorporate other animals, small pets and cats and dogs into our expos. We then changed the name to Horse and Pet Expos. Our shows have evolved so much in the last quarter century, it was time for a new website, new name to represent what our shows really are now—a show experience versus just a pet expo.”

Family Pet Shows hosts seven events yearly throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with 60,000 people attending annually.

“We are delighted with the new website and the new name is more accurate for our shows,” said Karen Garetano, co-owner of Family Pet Shows. “Now all of our shows are pet-friendly—where people can bring their dogs, cats (in strollers) and we even have pet parents bringing pot-bellied pigs and sometimes rabbits and other small pets to the show. A big request over the years was that our shows allow pets and we listen to the feedback of our guests to make the shows the best they can be. All of our shows strive to educate about responsible pet ownership and teach all members of the family what that is.”

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