Horses of Course! Equine Rescues, Education and Therapy at the Great Lakes Pet Expo


Meet Horse Rescue and Education Experts

at the Great Lakes Pet Expo

Future and present horse lovers will be excited to hear that the equine presence at the Great Lakes Pet Expo is growing!  Visitors can learn more about rescue and education, hooved friends available for adoption, make a donation and see how a therapeutic riding program is proven help people.  Please stop by and visit with our 2018 Equine Rescue and Education Exhibitors:

Here is a complete list of Rescues, Shelters, Other Non-Profit Organizations and Retail Exhibitors

We hope you will join us at this year’s expo!

Meet the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Canine Concierge, Millie, at the Great Lakes Pet Expo!

Meet Millie! 

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Canine Concierge

MillieHere’s your chance to meet Millie, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Canine Concierge at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on February 3rd, 2018 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center in West Allis, WI.  Millie is a mini golden doodle who’s main job it is to greet guests along with her owner, Hotel Concierge Rusty Dahler. Smiles abound as people coo over Millie’s antics, which include snagging a ride on a hotel luggage cart.  She even has her own business cards.  Stop by Q6 and say hello to Millie, Rusty and her Hilton supporters!  Hope to see you at the expo! 

Karen Dalessandro from KTI Country and Bodie at the Great Lakes Pet Expo

Agility Partners, Karen and Bodie, Make Their Debut!

KarenBodie2Karen Dalessandro and her rescue dog, Bodie will make their debut in the Run for Rescue at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on February 3rd,KarenBodie1 - Copy 2018 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center in West Allis, WI.  The happy and motivated agility pair will be showing off their best moves on the Main Stage from 10:15am – 11:00am. Stop by and cheer them on!!  Check out the Entertainment Guide. Hope to see you at the expo! 

Meet HOWIE the Family Pig at the Great Lakes Pet Expo

Meet Howie and Learn About His Pet Life! is an indoor family pet that loves attention.  He is very smart and always hungry!  Howie learns very quickly and will to tricks or give you a kiss for a cheerio or two.  Howie has his feet trimmed and tusks filed down about twice per year and enjoys a few extra belly rub and a few blueberries for his patience.  Howie visits nursing homes, animal fundraisers, and pet expos and always puts a smile on everyone’s face.  Stop by and visit Howie in booth 541 in the “Beyond the Bond…Honoring animals that help us” area at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on February 3rd, 2018 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center in West Allis, WI.

Come Early for VIP Shopping and Get A Jump on the Crowd at the Great Lakes Pet Expo

Come early and shop well during the VIP HOUR!

Pet loving shoppers will get first look at the amazing pet products and services available at the Great Lakes Pet Expo!  The VIP Shopping Hour is from 9Am to 10AM, just prior to the opening of the 2018 Great Lakes Pet Expo at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at WI State Fair Park on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

VIP Shopping Hour Tickets: Ages 13 and Up, $15.  Ages 5-12, $3.  Ages 4 and under free.  Tickets will permit early entry at 9AM and are good until 5PM.  All ticket proceeds will go to support Wisconsin’s Homeless Pet Population.  Please plan to arrive early to allow time for parking and entry.  Hope you will join us!

Buy Tickets NOW for the VIP Shopping Hour

VIP Shoppers will receive:

  •  Leisurely access to hundred of exhibitors
  • A shopping bag to stuff with vendor offers, information and giveaways
  • Official Great Lakes Pet Expo VIP Shopper Badge
  • Coupon towards refreshment purchase

Author Joal Derse Dauer and Her Amazing Dog, Sadie, Subject of “Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World”, to Share Their Uplifting Story at the Great Lakes Pet Expo 2018

SadieLooking for a way to warm your heart on a cold winter’s day? If so, then look no further than the Great Lakes Pet Expo, where author Joal Derse Dauer and her incredible rescue dog, Sadie, will share their story of Sadie’s powerful journey from being shot in the head and back and left for dead in the hills of Kentucky to being rescued and rehabbed by Joal, to her status today as a celebrity spokesdog, media darling, and advocate for acceptance of people and animals with special needs. Sadie is the subject of the book Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World, a memoir written by Joal with coauthor Elizabeth Ridley and published last September by Kensington in New York. Modern Dog magazine called the book, “A triumphant tale of second chances that shows how patience, hope, compassion, and love can truly transform lives.”

Back in 2012, Joal Derse Dauer thought she was just donating blankets at a local no-kill shelter when Sadie, a disabled and despondent dog, caught her eye. With three “fur babies” already at home, Joal wasn’t looking to adopt another dog, but there was something special about Sadie, a shepherd mix who had been shot in the head and in the back and left for dead after giving birth. One gaze into those sorrowful eyes and Joal vowed to do everything possible to get the poor girl walking again.

The first three vets offered little hope, and two even recommended euthanasia. But with patience, hope, and plenty of love, Joal noticed a change in her canine companion. And somewhere along the difficult journey, she discovered sweet Sadie transforming her life in ways she never could have imagined. Today, Joal and Sadie are busy spreading their message of compassion, acceptance, and kindness around the world. Joyous and inspiring, Saving Sadie is a triumphant story about the power of unconditional love and second chances—for humans and animals alike.

In addition to their thirty-minute presentation about how Sadie was saved and how she is now helping others, Joal and Sadie will man a booth at the expo, where copies of Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World will be on sale for $17, and can be personally signed and “pawtographed” by Sadie herself. Sadie is also happy to pose for photos with her fans.  Visit

Saving Sadie: The “dog book” with a happy ending!

Recognize a Child or Young Adult Making a Difference in the Life of Companion Animals – Award Ceremony at the Great Lakes Pet Expo!

Do you know of a child or young adult that has made a difference
 in the life of companion animals?
10406410_621727121314442_5860862047562245766_nNominations for 2018 are Now Closed.  Thank you for your submissions!  Please check back in the Fall of 2018 for information on the 2019 contest.  Please join us at 2:15PM on the Activity Stage at the Great Lakes Pet Expo for an exciting Awards Ceremony!.
We would like to hear about them! The Wisconsin Junior Heroes for Animals was developed by members of AWARE-Wisconsin to honor these special young people.  Please note that a Junior Hero can be nominated by more than one adult!
There are 4 age groups: Ages 4-6, Ages 7 to 10, Ages 11 to 14, Ages 15 to 17
If you know a Junior Hero and would like to nominate them please fill out the Wis Junior Heroes for Animals submission form and more information here Contest and Submission .  Submissions can be scanned and sent via e-mail or sent to our PO Box.
E-Mail Address –
OR send to BRATS – PO Box 555 Germantown, WI 53022
If you are not the parent of the Junior Hero please get permission from their parents or guardian before submitting.
The award ceremony will be held at Activity Stage at 2:15PM the Great Lakes Pet Expo on Saturday Feb 3th 2018. You do not have to be present to win the award but it sure adds to the fun for these wonderful Junior Heroes!  Past winners are welcome to apply!12651054_10208218260045400_4879434241742411253_n
We are accepting applications for the 2018 class of Junior Heros through Jan 25th 2018. We will contact you when your application is received. Our panel of judges will review all of the Junior Hero nominees and will advise you if your nominee has won.
If you have questions please e-mail us at

Meet and learn about furry creatures in the new Small Animal Education Station at the 2017 Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

14925235_1212057792166330_770150344695478635_nThe Great Lakes Pet Expo is so excited to offer a specialized area for our small, furry companion animal friends!  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of K&R Small Animal Sanctuary, the Small Animal Education Station was born!  Stop by and meet rabbits, hamster, gerbil and hedgehog with us for sure. Maybe a chinchilla and/or few others as well.  Also featured will be a silly “selfie station” with fun props to document the day and K&R/Kaytee will be doing a treat/toy give-away while supplies last.  great-lakes-pet-expo4The station is located in Hall A, you will learn more about:

– Living with House Rabbits
    – Housing
    – Enrichment/toys
    – litterbox training
    – bunny dating/bonding process
    – allergies and small animals
    – rabbits and other pets
– Is a _____ right for me?
    – Comparison of smaller “pocket” pets and are they the right fit for your home
    – Diet, Activity level, housing requirements, handling, etc
– Nutrition
    – Kaytee will be providing expertise on small animal diets and nutrition
– Small Animal Goodies available (For small animals and the people who love them :)
Learn more about the good works K&R Small Animal Sanctuary at

South Milwaukee Firefighters compete against canine agility stars for the title of best in show

MK3_8206For the past two years the South Milwaukee Fire Department donned their gear and raced against some pretty fast canines.  Speed, precision, agility with attention to detail made all the difference in finding the fastest.  Everyone did a fantastic job and we had a lot of fun. So it isn’t surprising that they are doing it again!  MK3_8192The guys from the South Milwaukee Fire Department have had a few years to train and feel they are ready to take on the canines and win!  Be sure to mark your calendar and attend the Great Lakes Pet Expo!   The annual race will be on the Main Stage.  Please check the entertainment schedule the end of January for time.  GAME ON!!


See Milwaukee County Police Dogs at the Great Lakes Pet Expo

Police K9 DemonstrationMilwaukee County House of  Corrections specialty trained four legged officers will show off their skills at the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  Specially trained canines help ensure a safe environment for our citizens. The K-9 teams of the Milwaukee County House of Corrections each have a specialty that helps them excel at their job. These dogs are trained in narcotics, tracking, apprehension and more.  The Great Lakes Pet Expo features an outstanding demonstration showcasing the officers’ handling skills and they train/interact with the K-9’s.   Be sure to visit the Main Stage the officers demonstrate the training and tactics necessary to perform their duties.  Please check the Entertainment Schedule the end of January for demonstration times!