The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in conjunction with ClearChannel Communications hosted the eighth annual Pet Expo on June 2 at Indian Park, Montoursville. The event was a success for Lycoming County and the surrounding communities.
This year's Pet Expo consisted of several new attractions, including several local, state and national pet rescue organizations, inflatable rides, horse and pony rides and a police dog demonstration from the South Williamsport Police Department.
The day also included pets for adoption, pet products, pet service providers and clubs and organizations that cater to pets. There also were plenty of free demonstrations and workshops from various businesses and organizations. In addition, the event included the annual Dog Olympic Games and the first-ever mixed-breed dog show hosted by the Bald Eagle Kennel Club. The show was a great addition for owners of mixed breed dogs as an opportunity to compete for fun and prize awards.
Shown at top is Shiloh Ripka, son of Johnathan and Heather Gormont of Jersey Shore and their dog Ziva. The two competed in the SPCA Dog Olympic’s Peanut Butter Lick event at the 2013 SPCA/Clearchannel Pet Expo. Above is Officer Devin Thompson and K9 Officer Dany.
"It is the support of our local community that keeps our operations possible," said John Hettinger, SPCA director of development. "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."
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.lycomingspca.org.