Chicago Pet Show – Oct 6 & 7 – Darien Sportsplex

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 451 Plainfield Rd Darien IL 60561  See map

With over 27 years of consumer shows, Chicago Pet Shows is back for its annual pet expo at the Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL; October 6 & 7, 2012.


New to 2012 – Online Ticket Purchasing


Save $1 per ticket - one show / $2 per ticket - two shows.

50% of all ticket proceeds go back to the participating rescues.

Come Saturday - and Stay for Sunday Free with wristband!



50/50 Sharing Revenue with Charities and a Goal of 200 Adoptions/Fosters

            The primary goal of the Chicago Pet Show is to assist Rescues, Shelters and Humane Societies through the promotion of adoptions and foster care to help overburdened organizations. The Show’s utmost goal is 200 adoption and foster care applicants for Charities to save pet’s lives. In 2011, Chicago Pet Show was able to achieve over 100 adoptions, and in 2012 we’d like to exceed it.

            Another benefit to participating Non-Profits (Rescues, Shelters and Humane Societies) is revenue sharing with the show, helping organizations financially, where other shows have a draw back. 50% of each admission goes to the participating rescues.  Peggy states, “Animals are the main reason people attend. Yet, the pets and the organizations that bring them receive nothing. That seems wrong.”  She adds, “Attendees to the show can get a $1 discount coupon from their favorite Pet Charity, or the show’s website and proceeds are then shared between the Charity and show.”


An Affectionate Warning

The Show warns attendees that touching and cuddling a new furry friend is likely to create a loving relationship. There will be plenty of adorable pets to meet from breed-specific Rescue groups to mixed-breed animals from Shelters and Humane Societies. For example, the Rescues include: Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue (Cavalier King Charles); S.T.R.A.E.S (Shih Tzu rescue); True Hearts of Rottweiler Rescue; Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois; and the Magnificent Mutts Rescue.  In the feline category, there’s Gypsy Cat for kittens and cats of all ages. “Each breed has fans and they’re all invited to attend,” states Peggy.  Potential pet parents stand a very good chance of finding exactly the pet their family would love.  And remember if you even if you can’t bring home a pet, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities with local rescues.


Pony Rides / Trick Demonstrations, Presentations & Games / Contests

           Meet Jim Nesci & his Cold Blooded Creatures to learn more about snakes, tortoises, and his alligator Bubba. Author of Wolfkeeper and trainer, Toriano Sanzone, will be joining us over the weekend to give demonstrations and talks about dog training and obedience. Check John Basile’s enchanting performance with beloved animals from Big Run Wolf Ranch. There will be pony rides from Safe Haven’s Horse Rescue.  And be sure to sign up for games and contests with your own four legged friend.

            You can register online at www.ChicagoPetShow.com or call 630-385-4000.


Call to Exhibit / Call to Attend

“We have a limited amount of space and we don't want anyone to miss an opportunity to exhibit,” Peggy states. “Those interested should call soon.”  Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organizations wishing to exhibit at the Chicago Pet Show are asked to call (630) 385-4000. 

            Admission is $7 for adults; free for seniors 65 and over and those under 18 with a parent; and, parking is free.  Go online for two show discounts - http://www.chicagopetshow.com/tickets/


The Chicago Pet Show hours are10am to 5pm, Saturday Oct 6 and Sunday, Oct 7, 2012, at the Darien Sportsplex in Darien, IL.

The show is located at the Darien Sportsplex, is between Cass Ave and Hwy 83 at 451 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 60561.


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