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Bring your Pet to the Southern California Pet Expo

Meet Shorty Rossi, Star of 'Pit Boss' on Animal Planet

Pet lovers in Southern California should get their four-legged friends ready for the 2013 Southern California Pet Expo, Saturday, February 14, at Long Beach Convention Center. This free indoor event attracts thousands of pet lovers looking to enjoy a day out with their furry, feathered or reptilian pals!

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the expo will be packed with more than 100 local and nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and organizations primarily geared towards pet lovers. Whether you'd like to learn, shop, play or adopt, this is an event you won't want to miss!

Shorty Rossi, star of 'Pit Boss' on Animal Planet will be making an appearance with his popular canine sidekick, Hercules. Rossi has a special passion that has been a major part of his life since he was a teenager – championing the cause of pit bulls. When Rossi isn't managing Shortywood Productions, a company that works with little people in the entertainment industry or filming 'Pit Boss,' he's working with Shorty's Pit Bull Rescue, a charity he formed that rescues, rehabilitates and places neglected and abused pit bulls in loving, nurturing homes. Shorty's Rescue is not a shelter or a charity; its employees work tirelessly to help relieve the suffering of and prevent cruelty to pit bulls through education and activism.

Because the Southern California Pet Expo is also designed to promote responsible pet ownership, a major highlight of the day will be a mega-adoption event hosted by Banfield Pet Hospital. Patti Welch, Marketing Manager for the expo explains, "The Banfeld mega-adoption event is a very popular part of this expo. If you're looking to add a new member to your family, more than 150 pets will be available for adoption, along with information from dozens of local rescue groups and shelters. It's wonderful to see a pet connect with their new forever home."

If it's entertainment or live demonstrations that you're interested in, you'll have ample opportunity to watch – and take part in – the day's events. You can sign your pet friend up to participate in several competitions, such as the ever-popular costume contest, talent contest or pet/owner musical chairs. Information about obedience training, pet behavior, nutrition, activism and more will be presented all day on the entertainment stages.

The expo's agility course attracts a large following that enjoy watching handlers race their dogs through an obstacle course. The handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

Welch adds, "A lot of people don't realize all of the pet-friendly resources available to them in their communities and our goal is to help get that information out there. It's a fun-filled day for pet owners - or those who'd one day like to be!"

Of course, pets are welcome to attend the event, provided that they are on a fixed lead and have proof of age-appropriate current vaccinations. Not up to date on vaccinations? Don't worry! There will be discounted vaccinations and low-cost microchipping available. You can even take advantage of free nail trims!


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