Despite having to travel in less-than-ideal weather at the start, 2,900 people and nearly as many dogs attended the 11th annual I Love My Dog Expo Feb. 24-25 at the Lancaster Event Center.
"Even though the ice storm kept folks from coming out Saturday morning, we still had good attendance Saturday afternoon, and great attendance throughout the day on Sunday," said Michelle O'Dea, executive director of Domesti-PUPS, which benefited from $46,500 in funds raised at the event. The funds will be used primarily for scholarships to help people with disabilities obtain a service dog through Domesti-PUPS.
The nonprofit Domesti-PUPS provides service dogs for people with disabilities, pet therapy programs, classroom dogs and educational programs.
The Expo included demonstrations in dog obedience, catching discs, freestyle tricks, tracking a scent, flyball, agility, Treibbal, barn hunting for rodents (sniffing for rats safely enclosed in aerated tubes) and services for people with disabilities. More than 70 vendors displayed and explained products and services for pets, and Rescue Roundups showcased dogs available to adopt.
“We appreciate the support from our sponsors, vendors, rescue groups and all those attending,” O’Dea said.