Vancouver’s Pet Lover Show is an annual event featuring dogs, cats, animal shows and pet product vendors at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford in February.
The Pet Lover Show at Tradex
The Pet Lover Show is a popular event where pet owners are welcome to bring their furry friends to get pet advice and check out the latest in pet foods and other pet-related products.
At the event there are workshops, presentations, shows to watch, competitions to enter and vendors selling everything you could ever want for your pet. Expect to see dogs, cats, rabbits and possibly even birds, snakes and a llama, plus food, toys and miscellaneous gear for them all.
Where and When
In 2019 the Pet Lover Show celebrated its 7th season on the weekend of February 23-24. It went from 10 am until 6 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am until 5 pm on the Sunday.
Admission to the event costs about $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth (ages 6 to 15) and free for young children (ages 0 to 5). Families of up to 2 adults and 2 youth cost $34.
Pet Lover Show in 2019
In 2019 the event featured famous pet personalities, dog agility lessons, a dog “talent search”, pet massages, police dog demonstrations, a lure race course for dogs, birds of prey, rabbit agility competitions and a cat show.
Below is a description of some of the sights and events from 2019.
Things to See in 2019 (and Other Years Too)
Bentley the Bulldog is a Vancouver canine celebrity with over 300,000 Instagram followers. He was at the event in 2019 for photo opportunities.
Also at the event in 2019, the Matsqui Flyball & Agility Club was on site providing introductory agility and flyball lessons for dogs and their owners.
The Pet Lover Show also features a SuperDogs Star Search where people pre-submit 15-second video recordings of their dogs. Finalists then get to compete at the Pet Lover Show for the chance to perform at the SuperDogs shows at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in the summer.
Professionals from the BC Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork offer free massages to pets at the show (not to their owners).
In 2019 the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service Teams offered police dog demonstrations, and anyone with their dog could test their own canine’s skills in a lure course where dogs could race around a track after a furry lure.
For bird lovers, the O.W.L Society brought raptors and owls to admire at the show in 2019, the BC Exotic Bird Society offered a workshop on how to communicate with parrots, and a representative from the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary gave a talk on how to raise a parrot.
A regular feature at the Pet Lover Show is the Rabbit Agility Competition where rabbits get to pretend they are dogs and run around an obstacle course. This is a fun event to watch, especially for young children.
And for lovers of felines, there is the TICA Cat Show which features both purebred and household cat competitions.
In short, at the Pet Lover Show there is something for every kind of animal lover (unless all you like are horses, elephants or other larger animals in which case you’ll have to go to a farm, ranch, Africa or the Greater Vancouver Zoo instead).
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and things to know to make the most out of your Pet Lover Show experience.
TIP #1: Pets are welcome to the event, and lots of people do bring their dogs. There are sections of the venue where dogs aren’t permitted, however, like, for obvious reasons, in the cat section or in the area where the rabbit races take place.
TIP #2: Taking your pet with you can be lots of fun, and a good way to see if your pooch likes the food samples before you buy a giant bag of new-to-you organic, vegan and gluten-free gourmet dog food. On the other hand, however, shopping and browsing with your dog can also have its challenges.
TIP #3: If you take your dog(s) they might get the chance to have a massage, run in a race or “be discovered” by talent scouts from the SuperDogs show. They’ll also have the opportunity to sniff lots of other dogs. If you leave Fluffy or Bruno at home, however, they’ll miss out (but you’ll have an extra hand free to hold all your purchases).
TIP #4: If you take your dog to the show you have to read and sign a Guest Animal Waiver which says you agree to only bring well-behaved dogs, female dogs that are not in heat and no “unaltered” male dogs. The waiver also lists a number of other rules and expectations (all of which seem pretty reasonable).
TIP #5: Watch where you step! There are lots of little dogs walking around, so be careful not to step on one. Also, not all dogs are used to being in big industrial buildings for extended periods of time, and very few of them know how to use the restrooms. Accidents do happen!
TIP #6: There is usually a charge for parking at Tradex, and, for short stays at least, parking is more often than not cheaper at the Abbotsford Airport next door. The hourly parking section at the airport is less than a 2-minute walk from the Tradex Centre and costs around $2 for the first hour and $1 for the second (up to a maximum of about 3 hours total).
For more details about the event see the Pet Lover Show website.
For a list of other Lower Mainland events at different times of the year, see our Festivals & Events Calendar.