It was a busy weekend for animal rescue groups participating in the Super Pet Expo in Edison. The show opened at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center this past weekend, February 9-10, to visitors who were determined not to let the effects of Nemo on February 8 get in their way, and the rescue groups were ready and waiting to greet them.
The event is billed as the premiere shopping extravaganza and animal entertainment destination. However, it also promotes responsible pet ownership and helps draw attention to abandoned pets available for adoption.
Judging by the crowded aisles and people observed deep in conversation with rescue group representatives, the show did just that.
“The Super Pet Expo is a great weekend for our adoptables to meet new friends and an opportunity for us to showcase the many services that the Monmouth County SPCA has to offer the public beyond Monmouth County, such as our ‘no appointment necessary’ vaccine clinic every Friday,” said Lisa Mulhearn, public relations for the Monmouth County SPCA. “We also have the chance to publicize our off-site adoption center at the Freehold Raceway Mall. The expo is a wonderful place to raise awareness and donations all under one roof. Even a blizzard couldn’t keep these animal lovers away. We can’t wait for next year.”
Dogs, cats and birds looking for their new forever homes were showcased during the event, while the rescue group representatives did their best to recruit new foster homes for needy pets and secure donations in order to keep their operations running at full potential.
“I have been participating in the Super Pet Expo for the last five years along with my kitty, Sir Purrs A Lot, who is a five year old rescued Maine Coon mix cat,” said Christine Staahl, president/director of operations, Only Maine Coon Rescue. “I am involved in the rescue and saving the lives of Maine Coon cats from high-kill shelters and placing them in forever homes. I enjoy going to the Super Pet Expo every year to represent the Maine Coon breed, educate the public and hopefully gain some volunteers and future adopters.”
“Sir Purrs A Lot has become very popular laying on the table over the years, and he has grown his own fan base,” continued Staahl. “He is a very docile cat who tolerates just about everything. He is not bothered by all the noise or other animals, and he absolutely loves all the attention, pets and belly rubs during the three day show.”
Staahl also reported they had a lot of interest during the show. They had a lot of people asking about fostering cats and many who were interested in adopting. They were lucky to raise some much needed funds for vetting and pulling cats out of the shelters.
If you are interested in learning more about the Maine Coon cat breed, want to volunteer or want to adopt, please visit their website.
Visit the Super Pet Expo website for details about their future events and information on how to participate.
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