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 in 2020, there were workshops, presentations, shows to watch, competitions to enter and vendors selling everything you could ever want for your pet. You could have expected 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 2020 the Pet Lover Show celebrated its 8th season on the weekend of February 15-16. It went from 10 am until 6 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am until 5 pm on the Sunday.
In 2020, admission to the event cost 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 2020
In 2020 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 llama show.
Below is a description of some of the sights and events that took place in 2020.
Things to See in 2020
Iggy Joey is a canine celebrity model who has walked many runways, been in a Mercedes commercial and has her own app. She was there both days of the event to meet her fans.
The Pet Lover Show also featured a SuperDogs Star Search where people pre-submit 15-second video recordings of their dogs. Finalists then got 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 offered free massages to pets at the show (not to their owners).
In 2020 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 2020, the BC Exotic Bird Society premiered the Indonesian Parrot Project documentary, 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 run around an obstacle course. This is a fun event to watch, especially for young children. In addition to the race, Rabbitats Rescue Society brought many adoptable rabbits for socializing. You could enter their enclosure for a donation of $5 and feed and pet about 30 rabbits.
For farm animal lovers, there was a meet and greet with some pet llamas as well as a show in which llamas do tricks and show off how well-trained they are.
And for lovers of felines, ‘Cat World’ came to the Pet Lovers Show. Cattoro, the cat cafe, created a 10,000 square feet cat cafe in the pet lover show. There was about 30 adoptable kitties in the cat room. Cat World was free to enter but to go into the cat room you had to buy tickets, which cost between $6 and $12.
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, another country 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 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 new bag of organic, vegan and gluten-free gourmet dog food. On the other hand, 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 ($7 in 2020), 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.