NL Pet Expo 2018

By: Jason Sheppard

Animal lovers converge on a two day celebration for the furry friends in our lives


It may be raining cats and dogs outside – which may or may not be purr-fect for pet lovers. If you are one, then even the heaviest rain won’t stop pet lovers (and their pets of course) from taking part in the annual NL Pet Expo 2018, which offers a fun weekend for everybody in the family. 

Celebrating Our Pets

The event, which will be held Saturday June 9 and Sunday the 10th at the Glacier Arena in Mount Pearl, will showcase a variety of four-legged treasures including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds, ferrets, critters and many more. Animals small and big will all be under one roof for the two-day event. It offers the local community a chance to celebrate the pets (and friends) in all our lives.  

The annual Expo not only showcases pets, but also  paintings, crafts, clothing and other items from local artists who were inspired by their darling animals.

Events scheduled during the weekend include sports and contests for dogs, rabbits and more. A highlight of the event is sure to be the wiener dog event hosted for the fifth time, by Jesse Stirling, host of NTV’s Meetings With Remarkable People.

Other events include Rabbit Agility (arranged by Hoppy Homes Rescue), Spirit Horse, games for dogs and more. 

Also on hand will be the local group Dachshunds of NL. The group, organized by Tanya Renee, appeared on the Janeway Telethon to present a donation.  This year, the Dachshunds of NL group has raised $5,200 (as of print time) for the Janeway Children’s Hospital, a sum, Stirling has agreed to match dollar for dollar.   

Many exhibitors will be on hand during the event including the CBS Animal Hospital and the City of St. John’s Humane Services. The expo offers exhibitors the opportunity to interact with familiar and new customers and offers pet-owners the chance to discover different products to spoil and treat their animal companions.

Prizes and More

Prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including the chance to win a 39’ LED TV in the “My Pet’s Got Talent” competition (sponsored by Barking Beauties) where people can upload videos of their pet showing off hidden talents they may have. 

The event also offers the chance for individuals to take home their own lovable pet through adoption, courtesy of animal rescue and welfare groups who will be on hand to pair the perfect pet with the right family.

The NL Pet Expo 2018 offers everyone the chance to come and meet and marvel at some new friends, furry and non-furry. It is sure to be a paw-some time which animal lovers may remember fur-ever.

General Admission to the NL Pet Expo at the Glacier Arena (45 Olympic Dr, Mount Pearl) is $7 while weekend passes are $12. Kids five years and under are admitted for FREE.

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