POSTPONED IN 2021
This event is not happening in the spring of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. When it can happen again in the future is to be determined.
For the most up-to-date details about the status of the event see the Pet Lover Show website.
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 2021 the Pet Lover Show celebrates its 9th season on the weekend of March 13-14. The show runs from 10 am to 6 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on the Sunday. Last year it took place from February 15-16.
The event usually takes place each year in late February at Tradex which is located at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford next to the Abbotsford Airport. However, in 2021, the show has been moved up until March.
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. Ticket prices for the 2021 show are to be confirmed.
What to Expect at the Pet Lover Show
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 last year (to give you an idea of what to expect in 2021).
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.
Shows and Demonstrations
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.
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 were about 30 adoptable kittens 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.
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.
In addition to the above, professionals from the BC Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork offered free massages to pets at the show (not to their owners).
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.
TIP #4: If you take your dog to the show you have to 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 (or something one accidently leaves behind).
TIP #6: There is usually a charge for parking at Tradex (e.g., $7 in 2020). For short stays at least, parking is more often than not cheaper at the Abbotsford Airport next door (which is just a 2-minute walk away).
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.