By Christie Lagally, Special to the Richmond News June 4, 2010
When an event claims that “there is something for the whole family,” they usually don’t mean for the family dog, cat or rabbit as well as the kids.
But I recently found out about one event that you and your whole family are not going to want to miss!
On June 19 and 20, rescue groups, breeders, pet product suppliers, veterinarians, trainers and animal experts are gathering at the Hellenic Community Centre in Vancouver to hold the Petnership Trade Show and Lecture Series.
And this event really is for the whole family — kids, parents, couples, singles, dogs, ferrets, horses and, yes, even cats!
And the entrance fee is just $10 per person, but half-price coupons are readily available at the Richmond Animal Shelter.
Your fee is good for both days.
The Petnership Project is an effort to share information on holistic health and wellness for your pets — and all pets — including those in shelters and even horses just off the racetrack.
The event will include: exhibitors teaching us about raw pet food, healthy dog treats, holistic veterinarian care, positive dog training, healthy litter and so much more.
In addition, I’m really looking forward to the showcase of rescue groups and the lectures series on everything from teaching children how to safely approach a dog to lectures on “happy, healthy cats” and “pet first aid.”
Did you know there is clicker training for cats? You can learn all about that too.
The Petnership Project was started by owner, Sandi Hildebrand, about a year ago.
She had first-hand experience using holistic pet care and feeding raw food, and was keen to share the new-found information.
However, she quickly realized the incredible scope of information that encompassed the holistic pet care, and the opportunity for a trade show and lecture series seemed clear.
Hildebrand’s Petnership Project was started just over a year ago; the momentum of this project has increased exponentially as she has met more people and rescue groups who are trying new ways to care for the mind, body and spirit of animals.
However, Hildebrand wanted to not just share the information, but also to partner with rescue groups to help them share their message as well.
The Petnership Project has partnered with the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS), the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) and New Stride Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to put on this event.
Sonya Kamp, manager of RAPS’ Richmond Animal Shelter, has volunteered much of her time to work with Hildebrand, and to organize a rescue group showcase and shelter dog show.
The showcase will feature animal groups from all over the Metro Vancouver area including breed-specific rescue groups like Boxers Without Borders, Westcoast Rottweiler Rescue and TNT Sharpei Rescue.
As more cities across North America follow suit with places like South Lake Tahoe, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico to ban the sale of animals from retail outlets, it will be good for the public to know that purebred dogs rescues as well as responsible breeders are good places to search for a purebred dog.
But this event isn’t just for dog lovers. Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary and Vancouver Rabbit Rescue will also be represented along with the RAPS Cat Sanctuary.
For more information on the Petnership Trade Show and Lecture series, see the website at http://www.petnerships.com.
But more importantly, much of the proceeds from this gathering will be going to RAPS, VOKRA and New Stride Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, so your attendance means that the stray and homeless animals in Richmond will benefit as well. I hope to see you and meet you there!
Christie Lagally is a freelance pet columnist for the Richmond News.
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