A Preview of America's Family Pet Expo



America’s Family Pet Expo will take place April 27-29 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. This event is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.


“Entering our 29th year, America’s Family Pet Expo is THE destination for pet lovers, offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment and pet adoptions,” said Jacinthe Moreau, president of WPA. “We couldn’t be prouder of the pet-loving community we have in Southern California, making America’s Family Pet Expo the ultimate destination for all pet lovers. As we have grown over the years, the show has progressed to include the best in pet ownership and care. America’s Family Pet Expo offers animal adoptions, a variety of educational presentations, family fun pet entertainment and exhibitors offering show specials and while showcasing the latest and greatest in pet products.”


New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show, a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education. The show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America. Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers and even do handstands.


Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be the Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens interact with different toys and people. This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and to gain a little insight into “Catitude.”


America’s Family Pet Expo will include on-site cooking demonstrations. Hosted by JustFoodForDogs, the “Find Out What’s Cooking” talks will feature lessons on how to create homemade meals to promote optimal health, longevity and well-being for dogs.


Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include Repticon, a reptile show and sale that offers hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes and spiders. The expo will also feature the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo.


In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gal. aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest. The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative. There will also be an Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.


Pet adoptions will be handled onsite.  There will be hundreds of animals from local community partner organizations hoping to find a new home.


Ticket Prices

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Seniors (60 and older): $13.00
  • Children 6-12: $10.00
  • Children Under Five: Free
  • Active and Retired Military: Free with ID
  • Facility charges: $8.00 parking 


Show Hours

  • Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.


Please kindly leave all pets at home. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.PetExpoOC.org.


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