It’s a paw-ty
Green Bay Pet Expo returns to Resch for annual event
By Janelle Fisher
City Pages Editor
Pet owners and their furry friends alike won’t want to miss the 16th annual Green Bay Pet Expo, happening May 12, 13 and 14 at the Resch Expo.
Senior Event Designer Amy Shadian said the expo covers a little bit of everything related to pets — from finding the right pet for you to learning how to best care for them and pampering them with treats and toys.
“The Pet Expo is a gathering of rescues, vendors, educators and entertainment all focused on the pet industry,” she said. “There’s lots to learn, lots of shopping for pet accessories, [attendees can] search for a new family member and just have lots of fun!”
All are invited to see what the Pet Expo has to offer, but Shadian said those in attendance should be prepared for the high likelihood of encountering animals throughout the day.
“The target audience is mostly animal lovers and families,” she said. “All are welcome, but since there are a lot of animals present, attendees would need to be comfortable with animals — especially dogs.”
Being comfortable around animals is a must, Shadian said, because animals are welcome to accompany their owners and join in on the fun at the Pet Expo — an opportunity many other events, especially indoor events, don’t offer.
Pets are welcome to tag along and check out the Pet Expo with no official admission charge, but a $2 donation is suggested and benefits the Brown County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit.
All pets in attendance must have a signed waiver and remain on a leash at all times.
“This is probably the largest event where pets are welcome inside,” she said. “Most of the attendees bring their pets so it’s super fun and family-friendly. It’s also great to be able to chat with the local rescues, search for your next family member, shop and just have a great time.”
Shadian said finding the perfect addition to your family will be easier at this year’s Pet Expo than ever before due to the increased number of participating rescue organizations.
“We’ve really tried to make the event as family-friendly as possible,” she said. “We’ve expanded the number of rescues, even bringing in non-dog rescues too. It feels wonderful to support those amazing organizations over the years and watch that aspect of the show grow.”
If you’re not looking to add a new pet to your family right now, Shadian said there are plenty of other components to the Pet Expo to pique your interest.
“We try to bring education and entertainment that families can get excited about,” she said. “This year we have a complimentary photo for each pet in attendance. We also have a handful of new rescues, including those that rescue small and/or aquatic animals. We’re also bringing back some event favorites, like the Brown County Officer K9 demonstrations, the Wisconsin Dock Dogs and the Dog Lovers Days lure course.”
The Pet Expo will be open Friday, May 12, from 3-8 p.m., Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. and Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
On the entertainment stage, the Brown County K9 Officer will perform a demonstration at 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday; Animal Spirit Talker Lynn Schuster will give a presentation at 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday; representatives from the Madison Area Herpetological Society will give a lesson on the basics of reptile care at 7 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday; and a pet fashion show will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors over the age of 62 and military members and $5 for kids ages 6-12 if purchased in advance. All prices increase by $2 if purchased the day of the event. Children ages 6 and under get in free. Weekend passes are available for $14 if purchased in advance, or $16 if purchased the day of the event.
More information and tickets can be found at reschcomplex.com/events/detail/green-bay-pet-expo-2.