Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a Great Iowa Pet Expo?

The mission of the Great Iowa Pet Expo is to promote the health and well-being of Iowa's companion animals; to educate Iowa pet owners on the importance of spaying, neutering, and regular veterinary care; and to encourage pet ownership as a lifetime commitment. The Great Iowa Pet Expo shares the joy that our pets offer, while showcasing a variety of new products and services.

Where is the Great Iowa Pet Expo?

The event is located at the Jacobsen Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. Enter at gate 9.


What are the dates and times for 2018?

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What exhibitors will be at the Great Iowa Pet Expo?

2018 Exhibitors will be announced closer to the Expo. Check back!

Who Should Attend the Great Iowa Pet Expo?

The Great Iowa Pet Expo welcomes anyone who loves animals and pets. Whether you're a current pet owner or just thinking about bringing a companion animal into your home, the Great Iowa Pet Expo is for you. It's a great event for family entertainment, and with the largest pet-related trade show in the state, it's a must for your holiday shopping list!

May I Bring My Pet?

For safety reasons, only well-trained, well-behaved adult pets are allowed to attend the Great Iowa Pet Expo. Please leave your younger pets at home! Puppies will be turned away at the door.
Please make sure your adult pet is on a short leash (6 foot maximum, no retractable leashes.).
All pets are required to be accompanied by a Critter Release Form that you will be required to fill out at the gate. All pets in attendance must be current on shots. Any unruly or threatening pet will be asked to leave. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Documents and Files

Iowa Critter Release 17.pdf         

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