2017 Highlights

Events and times subject to change.


Dr. Elsey’s Presents TICA's World of Cats

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Food & Litter presents The International Cat Association’s World of Cats when 50+ breeds of cats compete in the largest cat show to take place in Pittsburgh in over 20 years! Three days of non-stop action features Allbreed & Household Pet Judging, Feline Fashion Show, Feline Cosplay Contest, “A Spot the Ocelot,” Parade of Breeds and Parade of Champions. Feline entries must register in advance of show and by October 30.


North American Diving Dogs

The ultimate organization in the performance sport of dock diving. North America Diving Dogs is the only organization of its kind that offers diving dog titles recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Be prepared for some "big air" excitement and plan on getting wet!

Storytime with WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin

Animal lover and news anchor Sally Wiggin will read a selection of children's pet stories. Stop for a story and you may meet Sally's dog, Quinn.
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Pet Costume Contest

Dress up your pet and compete for prizes in the annual Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Fromm. Judging times for each weight class is different.

Santa Paws
Photos with Santa

Santa visits Pittsburgh Pet Expo to find out which furry friends have been naughty or nice. Your pet can pose with Santa for a FREE photo. Santa photos with your pet will be available each day up until one hour before show ends. View your image at the link below which will be active after 4 p.m. November 8, 2017.

Adoption Opportunities

Looking to add a new member to the family? Whether considering a playful kitten or mature canine, opportunities about. Local shelters and breed rescue groups can help you find the perfect match.

Mondioring Demonstration

Mondioring features a series of dog/handler exercises showcasing obedience, agility (jumps) and protection. Watch as Anthony’s Balanced Canine spotlights dogs who demonstrate a high level of control.

Grooming Competition:
Rescue Me Rodeo Round Up

Join the fun with The International Judges Association Dog Grooming Competitions. Non-stop entertainment, dog grooming competitions, educational seminars for pet industry pros, plus competitions for the entire family. Bring your dog — you could win a prize!

Flying Houndz Frizbee
Trick Dog Show

“Catch the Fun!” with this high-energy, action-packed, interactive Frisbee trick dog show! A choreographed production with upbeat musical themes featuring 11 Flying Houndz superstars performing acrobatic Frisbee catching stunts, novel dog tricks and one-of-a-kind dog dancing fun!

That Guy with the Birds

Kenny Sprouse provides a fun way to learn about Parrots and birds from around the world! These birds are friendly, smart, and love to dance. Becca, a Hyacinth Macaw, Stoney, an African Grey, Saraphina a Corella Cocatoo, Beethoven a Blue & Gold Macaw, Louie a Scarlet Macaw, Woody a mini Macaw, or Poppy and Ponch.

Steel City Reptile Demo

Steel City's Tom Kelly and his expert reptile educators educate and entertain. Families can experience the excitement of getting up-close and personal with these fascinating animals in a safe and educational way. Guests will have the opportunity for hands-on interaction and photos with snakes, tortoises, frogs, and lizards and more.

Jefferson Memorial Park
Pet Blessing

Jefferson Memorial Park will facilitate a blessing of pets Saturday 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Then, learn about the value of pre-planning for your pet and options for burial and cremation.

Keeping Pet Owners Healthy

Don’t forget to take care of those who care for pets! UPMC Health Plan will work to keep pet owners healthy by providing free blood pressure screenings Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. And, UPMC Health Plan members save on Sunday admission: show your UPMC Health Care member card at the box office and save $2/ticket.

Handicapped Pet Seminar

Expert Pat Holcomb explains how to care for handicapped dogs — and introduces you to her own three-legged canines.

Stingray Encounter

Stop by and see, touch, and learn about stingrays in the world's only traveling, self contained stingray exhibit.

Cutest Pet in Pittsburgh
Photo Booth

Meet the winner of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2017 Cutest Pet Contest. Also, pose with your pet to see what you would look like on the cover of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “cutest pet” issue.

Doxie Downs
National Dachshund Races

International Wiener Dog Racing Federation (WDRF) proudly sanctions this race with events for the entire family. Watch, laugh, cheer and support very worthy Dachshund charities.

Luring 101

The perfect sport and great exercise for dogs that love to chase. Lure coursing takes full advantage of a dog's natural abilitiy to fix its sight on and chase a target. Bring your dog and let the fun begin!

Ask The Vet

Dr. Jaime Griffin, Dr. Allison Neely and Dr. Ann Cirillo return to answer questions about furry friends at Ask the Vet Clinic. These experts are delighted to chat with you about all things pets! Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital, Avalon Veterinary Hospital, and Big Rock Veterinary Hospital host a low-cost microchipping clinic all three days for $25/pet

Frankie's Friends Cat Rescue and Veterinary Clinic

will provide $10 rabies vaccinations Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. Owners are encouraged to bring along the pet's last rabies certificate.

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Air search and rescue canine team dogs run through protocol training exercises and demonstrate how they find missing people. See how live and cadaver scent searches begin and join the discussion about basic scenting science with your questions.