The 13th annual NW Pet & Companion Fair, one of “largest and most well-attended” pet expo and adoption event in the Pacific Northwest region, bringing together thousands of pet lovers and their pets, will be held this year Sat., April 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., April 13, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Dr., Portland, OR.
The event is free to attend and will include entertainment, attractions, exhibitors, speakers, presentations and more. Some attractions include flyball dog races, Beard’s Framing pet art gallery, Unleashed by Petco Center Stage, a walk-through aviary, petting zoo, alpaca exhibit and walk on the wild side, and exhibitors. Exhibitors will showcase numerous items, including pet food, treats, leashes, collars, accessories, clothing, social clubs, sitters, kennel clubs, boutiques and rescues.
The NW Pet & Companion Fair also boasts the largest pet adoption event in the region with involvement from dozens of area shelters and rescues. The goal of this event is to connect the area shelters and animal services with the pet lovers so new relationships can be made, sheltered animals can find new homes and awareness is raised about vital programs and services.
The goal of this event is to have more than 100 pets adopted as a result of the show. There will also be a pet food drive going on during the event and event organizers ask that attendees bring a pet food donation to the show to support the Pongo Fund, Oregon’s pet food bank. The goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of pet food at this year’s show.
Since 2011, event organizers Amy Johnson and Vanessa Wright have been running the NW Pet & Companion Fair from their office in Portland. They are dedicated to using this opportunity to make a difference for pets in the community. They donate and give low-cost exhibit space to area shelters to adopt out pets and raise awareness about their organizations. They have also prohibited the sale of pets at the show.