Pets welcome at Expo

Pets are invited to bring their owners to the annual Bass Coast Pet Expo on Saturday, 23 March at Apex Park in Murray Street, Wonthaggi.  The Expo kicks off at 10.00am and is a chance to learn about all things pet related, as well as get involved in some fun activities.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community and Economic Development Director, Steven Piasente, said the expo offers something for everyone, and their pets.

“The expo has a variety of free children’s activities including face painting, animal petting farm, jumping castles, colouring competition, balloons and show bags,” said Mr Piasente.

“There are dog obedience and flyball demonstrations and an exhibition of pedigree cats.  There is discount microchipping on site and you can even fill out your pet registration.  Pet registrations are due on 10 April each year and microchipping your pet means there is a permanent form of identification.

“A real highlight of the expo is the children’s pet show which starts at 12.30pm, and you can simply enter your pet on the day,” Mr Piasente said.

The pet show has five different categories: cutest critter, most interesting pet, best dressed pet, best dressed duo (pet and owner) and Judges’ Choice.

“We have a change of venue this year and an increase in market stall registrations so we anticipate the event will be really popular,” said Mr Piasente.

“It is a great family day with lots of activities and giveaways.  You can get advice about a range of pet issues from our Rangers and stall holders.”

Mr Piasente said animal management is a huge part of the work of Council’s Community Safety Rangers.

“This year’s Expo is one of our biggest education opportunities and it’s fantastic that we can acknowledge the importance of responsible pet ownership in a fun and positive way.”

For more information about the Expo or responsible pet ownership, contact the Specialist Ranger Animal Management at Bass Coast Shire Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).