Lycoming SPCA, ClearChannel to host eighth annual Pet Expo

The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in conjunction with ClearChannel Communications is hosting the eighth annual Pet Expo, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2, at Indian Park in Montoursville.

The Pet Expo is not only to raise awareness and money to benefit the thousands of animals the SPCA cares for each year, but to bring together pet lovers and pet service providers.

The event will include several new attractions.

New this year, the SPCA, along with the Bald Eagle Kennel Club, will host their first-ever mixed-breed dog show.

With this type of event, the doggie doors have opened for the mixed breeds of the world, and any dog from a Labradoodle to a German shepherd chihuahua mix to a “Heinz 57,” can compete.

The show is open to any and all dogs regardless of pedigree and will include special categories, similar to those seen during national dog show competitions but will consist of “fun” categories.

The day will include pets for adoption, pet products, pet service providers, and clubs and organizations that cater to pets and plenty of free demonstrations and workshops from various businesses and organizations.

In addition, the event will include inflatable kid’s rides, new food stands, children’s games, pony rides and 50/50 tickets.

“It is the support of our local community that keeps our operations possible. In these tough economic times, it is so important to remember that our local pets in need remain our top priority. The economy has had a major impact on our operations as well so support from our community is vital to our survival. Participating in events such as the Pet Expo is a great way to show your support to our community activities,” John Hettinger, SPCA director of development, said.

Everyone is welcomed to bring along their pet and socialize with other pet lovers.

Only pets that are well behaved and current on vaccines are encouraged to attend the Expo.

The SPCA or ClearChannel Communications will not be responsible for any individual or pet attending this event. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and have current license.

The Lycoming County SPCA is the county’s only locally operated, full-service shelter and operates entirely on the support of its donors.

All contributions to the Lycoming County SPCA remain within the county to provide services such as shelter, emergency treatment, investigation and prosecution of cruelty or abuse complaints, adoption and counseling, education, outreach and humane care. They are not supported by any other state or national organization.

For more information about the Pet Expo, contact Anne Shea of ClearChannel Communications at 327-1400, or John Hettinger, director of development at 322-4646, or visit www.lyc