RULES FOR BRINGING YOUR PETS
Acceptable proof of vaccination
- Rabies tag with year stamp
- Certification of rabies immunization form from your vet or city/county license application
- Blood results (If you don’t do immunization annually)
- Pet Adoption Paperwork
- Receipt from your vet showing payment for vaccines
- Self-Vaccinated pets need to show a proof of purchase or box top with a vaccine serial number
1. Only bring your pet along if he/she is well behaved, non-aggressive and doesn’t get stressed out in crowded, stimulating and noisy situations. If your pet is reactive, aggressive or fearful, this is NOT the event for you. Our job is to keep everyone safe – both pets AND people – and we take that job very seriously. Even the most laid back and easy-going pets can behave differently when surrounded by thousands of strangers, other animals, exited small children, wheelchairs and more. Your pet will be exposed to dogs barking, people speaking loudly on microphones, crowds, clapping and cheering. You know your pet best, so please use your best judgement to make sure that your pet will enjoy the day just as much as you will.
2. You must fill out and sign a pet waiver accepting full responsibility for your pet. By pet we mean anyone non-human who’s accompanying you today. Pets of species are required to have a waiver signed by their human guardian.
3. All Cats, dogs, and ferrets much be current on age-appropriate rabies vaccines. Or you should plan on getting your pet’s vaccines today as part of our low cost vaccine clinic. In this case our staff will direct you where to go and we require that you go straight there. Vaccines can take up to two weeks to take effect and your pet will not be protected against catching illness or diseases from other animals until then. We want to you to understand that some pets may be ill and not exhibit symptoms – without current vaccines, you could be putting your pet at risk here today(or any gathering which includes numerous pets.) Please note: the brief medical exam your pet will have today (if you plan to get low cost vaccinations) should not take the place of an annual complete wellness exam done by your own veterinarian.
4. Puppies/kittens not yet vaccinated for rabies must be at least 8 weeks old or have two sets of puppy or kitten boosters to attend the event. Baby mammals have an immature immune system, another pet, who may be ill or diseased (and may not even be showing symptoms yet) could pass along that illness to your new baby. If you still choose to bring your puppy / kitten, we urge you to carry it or have it in a closed stroller at all times. Limit any interactions with other animals, don’t allow them to drink from communal water bowls or use common pet potty areas. Be sure to take lots of breaks as to not overload your precious new buddy. You should use these same guidelines if bringing an elderly pet to the event.
5. Dogs must be on a fixed lead or a locked retractable lead – no longer than 6 feet – at all times. If you only have a flexi-lead, we can direct you to exhibitors who have fixed leads available for purchase. Other pets must be in a carrier, crate or using a specifies-appropriate lead or harness.
6. NO FEMALE PETS IN HEAT
7. No Contagious illness. If your pets appear ill in anyway you may be asked to leave.