What's happening at The Great Iowa Pet Expo

Dates and Hours

Saturday, October 20 - 10am - 6pm

Sunday, October 21 - 10am - 4 pm

Events happening at The Great Iowa Pet Expo

Returning Stars... Canines in the Clouds Stunt Dog Team

With an all NEW and amped up show! 

After years of competing nationally at the highest level and performing in 6 countries as part of the biggest dog shows on the planet, Jonathan Offi created the show Canines in the Clouds- The ultimate sport, stunt and trick dog show with three main goals in mind:

#1 Unrivaled Entertainment: Provide an action-packed, high-flying one-of-a-kind canine experience. 
#2 Inspiration: Inspire people as his dogs inspire him! Demonstrate the irrepraceable and special bond that can be formed between Hum and Dog which will prevent dogs from going to shelters. 
#3 Education: To raise awareness about the epidemic of pet over population, encouraging people to be a part of the solution: Donate, Rescue, Foster, Transport, Volunteer, and/or Adopt a dog and save a life! 

Last year's show was such a hit, we asked them to come back for 2017 with an all new amped up show! They will be back with Hydro, the world's highest jumping dog and the rest of the team. PLUS, you might even see some new team members! You won't want to miss this stunt dog show! Come on out and play games, join in on the contests and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the dogs, meeting and greeting the stars of the show! 

Check them out on Facebook here: Canines in the Clouds

Lusco Farms Donkey Rescue to The Great Iowa Pet Expo! 

NESTER, the donkey who started a movement in Malvern.

Look who's returning for 2017!! 

It all started with one forlorn little donkey!!

Lura and Scott Shehan “founders”, were just going to look at some horse tack. Things got sidetracked when Lura suggested they tour the animal sale barn. That’s when they spotted him. “He was skinny, scared and the kids were laughing at him,” recalls Scott. “That’s what got to Lura. She said ‘We are taking him home.’” And they did.

The little fellow they called Nestor (after the hero of a popular children’s book) was just the first. The Shehans began their rescue work in 2009, and became a non-profit in 2011. Today, with 150 donkeys and mules rescued, Lusco Farms Rescue in Malvern, Iowa, continues to work diligently to find forever homes for abandoned, neglected or abused equines.

“They are kind of like big dogs,” explains Lura. “They are very inquisitive and they want to be around human beings. They want attention and affection from their humans.” Just as with dogs and cats; overbreeding is the root cause of too many donkeys. That coupled with a tough economy several years ago, many sale barns were filled with unwanted horses, mules and donkeys.

The Shehans go through a thorough adoption process to make sure their charges end up in greener pastures. Potential adopters have to fill out a form; provide veterinary/farrier references, and provide adequate pasture and shelter for the animals. They also have to ensure that the donkey or mule has a “buddy.” They either need another equine on site, or they have to adopt two donkeys. As herd animals, donkeys need companionship just as much as they need food, water and shelter.

The Shehans (and a small core of committed volunteers) work hard to make sure the donkeys and mules are well tended. As co-founders of the Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition, the Shehans, work with other area rescues on events, such as feral cat spay and neuter programs. They’ve found there is strength in numbers, and the rescue groups work together to promote awareness and adoptions.

The work is hard. The donkeys must be handled regularly to learn to accept having their feet handled (regular hoof trimming is a must); pens must be cleaned; hay and water provided. Lura is up at 4:30 a.m. to do chores and then off to work her full time job; after a full day at work, Lura and Scott head home to care for the dozen plus donkeys currently at the rescue.

That number is ever-changing. Lura said they have a waiting list for people who want Lusco Farms to take donkeys. In a recent situation, they took back three donkeys from an adopter whose deteriorating health necessitated giving up her beloved pets.

And as for Nestor? He was eventually adopted out to a loving family. Scott remembers Lura’s fateful words the night they spotted the long-eared donkey. “She said, ‘His life gets better today.’” And it did. They still live that motto today. “Their life’s get better starting today“!

Story Courtesy of PAH/Pet Health Central

Lusco Farms Website
Lusco Farms Facebook Page


Tractor Supply Rescue Bell

Celebrating adoptions at The Great Iowa Pet Expo

Let's celebrate! When you adopt, or apply for adoption of a pet at the Great Iowa Pet Expo we want to share the happy news. That's why we've partnered with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) to create the TSC Rescue Bell! Even if you've adopted your pet previously from the Expo, stop by, ring the bell and get your photo taken with your furry family member. 

For every new application turned in to a rescue group, the TSC Rescue Bell will be rung. Then, pick up your goody bag and get your photo taken in front of the TSC Rescue Backdrop. 

This new feature, brought to you by Tractor Supply Company, focuses on how finding responsible, caring owners for all deserving pets is one of the highest priorities at TSC. 

Mutter Chaos Flyball Team        

Flyball Demos

Come join us at The Great Iowa Pet Expo and check out the Flyball Demos! 

These will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.

How it works:
Flyball is a dog team sport. There are four dogs that compete at one time. The first dog runs down the lane over 4 different jumps, then hits a box that triggers a ball. The dog then catches the ball and returs to their handler over the jumps. Then, the next dog goes, and this is repeated until all four dogs are finished. 

For more information, you may contact: 
Mutter Chaos Flyball
Shelby Miller 
712.828 0484

New! Lure Coursing! 

Let your dog try it out! 

Come check out this year's new Lure Course! Lure is a sport for dogs where they chase an artificial lure around in a pattern. Let your dog try it out on it's own! Cost is $10 per run. Sign up on-site.

Great Iowa Pet Expo Yappy Hour

Enjoy a beer while supporting a great cause 

We're raising money for all of our rescues this year at The Great Iowa Pet Expo! 

Join us for Yappy Hour during the last hour of the Expo on Saturday, October 21. This will take place from 4pm-6pm right at the Pet Expo! We'll donate $1 of your beer, wine, or soda purchased to the rescue of your choice. 

How it works: 
Buy a drink, get a ticket. Drop your ticket in the can of the rescue you want your donation to go to. Buy another drink, get another ticket. 

It'll be a terrific time with beer and our furry friends to help out some very worth causes. We look forward to seeing you! 

Neuter-A-Tom and Microchip Clinic by APE

BOTH days at the Great Iowa Pet Expo

Neuter-A-Tom Clinic presented by Animal Protection & Education (Des Moines)
The Great Iowa Pet Expo will host the Animal Protection and Education Charity’s, Neuter-A-Tom Clinic on October 21, 2017 at the Iowa State Fairground’s Varied Industries Building

Please help prevent unwanted litters of kittens by having your male cats and kittens neutered. To qualify kittens must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least two pounds. The Neuter-A-Tom clinic will be on SATURDAY ONLY! Pricing is $30 with a $5 discount if liked and shared on Facebook during the first month of advertising.

Vaccination Clinic - SUNDAY ONLY - includes rabies, distemper, mini wellness exam, and free microchip

Microchip Clinic both days - only $25!

For more information please call 515-460-SPAY

The Stylin' Paws "Ultimate Stay" Contest

Can your dog "Stay'? Really, really "Stay"? If so, you might have the 2017 winner of The Stylin' Paws Ultimate Stay Contest. It's a test of will and obedience and as we have the handlers put their dogs in a "Stay" command, then we start adding distractions. Rolling tennis balls, treats, noises, and all the while moving the handlers farther from the dogs. Someone will take the $100 cash prize AND a gift basket from Stylin' Paws for first place in the Stylin' Paws "Ultimate Stay" Contest! The second and third place winners will also be provided with a Stylin' Paws gift bag.

Stylin' Paws is a perfect partner for this contest because they offer your pet the "Ultimate Stay" when at the Stylin' Paws Salon and Day Stay! 

It's not just a full-service pet salon, but it's also a dog daycare facility that's dedicated to consistently providing high customer satisfaction with excellent service, quality pet care, and a fun, clean, enjoyable atmosphere. 

Stylin' Paws has also recently expanded into the retail world. Their retail area focuses on health-conscious pet parents and those who seek out unique high-quality products not found in large retail stores. Their product assortment includes a selection of stylish dog collars, luxurious dog beds, the highest quality all-natural food and treats, cool and funny dog toys, 'mutts' more.

Stylin' Paws understand that the grooming experience is made up if three key components:
  • The Stylist
  • The Pet 
  • The Pet Owner
Each of these components must be respected and appreciated by the facility owners and management for a positive experience to take place. These factors are important parts of the overall experience and Stylin' Paws truly believes to have found a "better way" to positively impact all involved. Let your pet receive the Ultimate Stay and see for yourself the Stylin Paws difference!

Full Color Pastel Caricature Drawings! 

Sudden art will be doing Full Color Pastel Caricature drawings of your pet on site at the Great Iowa Pet Expo this year! Each drawing will take about 10-15 minutes and they will have two artists creating them! Cost is $10/drawing. 

FREE Training Strategy Session

With a Canine Craze Training Coach

Our mission at Canine Craze Performance Center is to be your training coach! We want to do more than teach you how to get your dog to sit, for example. Our goal is to help you develop a positive relationship with your dog. We do this by teaching you the scientific principles behind dog training and providing you with a variety of training tools you can apply to multiple scenarios. Come see us at the Great Iowa Pet Expo where you can have a FREE training strategy consultation with one of our trainers! You will discuss your short-term and long-term training goals and receive some beginning training tips. Call or email our office today to schedule your appointment! 


Canine Good Citizen Testing (CGC)

by Canine Craze and Kawa Farms K9 Training

The Canine Good Citizen Program stresses responsible ownership and the importance of a well-mannered dog. The Canine Good Citizen Test has ten parts. Each part of test consists of regular, everyday occurrences. A normal, well-behaved dog should have no difficulty passing.
1: Allowing a friendly stranger to approach.
2: Sitting calmly and politely to be pet.
3: Allowing handling for grooming and physical examination.
4: Heeling politely on a loose lead.
5: Walking calmly through crowded areas.
6: Sit on command, and down on command.
7: Coming when called.
8: Greeting another well-behaved dog without aggression or excitement.
9: Handling distractions and distracting environments.
10: Behaving well when in the care of another and the owner or trusted handler is out of sight.

C.L.A.S.S. Testing

Kawa Farms will be conducting C.L.A.S.S. Testing at the Great Iowa Pet Expo. The fee for this testing is $30.00. Dogs cannot test for the BA and the MA on the same day. There are no set times for the testing, and you may stop at their booth at anytime to test. Don't let your pooch miss out!! 

Traveling to The Great Iowa Pet Expo?

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Econo Lodge 

(right across the street from the fairgrounds!)

410 E 30th St 
Des Moines, IA 50317
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