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_nWe 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 found here Submission Form.  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 the Great Lakes Pet Expo on Saturday Feb 4th 2017 at 1:30 PM. 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 2017 class of Junior Heros from Dec 1st 2016 to Jan 15th 2017. 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 by Jan 21st 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

Meet Howie the Miniature Pig in the Bark Park, sponsored by and guest of Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin

fftForce Free Trainers are sponsoring the Bark Park area at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on Saturday, February 4, 2017. They will be providing education, demonstrations and talking about the latest training techniques. Learn about agility, nosework, rally, and enrichment opportunities…and be sure to stop by the puppy play zone!  Learn more at



howiefftDon’t miss Howie the pig! Howie will be joining the FFTW for the day to show that pigs can be trained too! Learn all about Howie and what it takes to care for a miniature pig in your home.

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!


Horses dance and perform tricks at Milwaukee’s own Great Lakes Pet Expo

SONY DSCIf the 2016 Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee, WI left you wanting more horse entertainment well…THEY’RE BACK!  Maybe you’ve seen or had a chance to meet ‘Tinker’, the famous Salvation Army Bell Ringer.  Perhaps ‘Eclipse’, the majestic Tennessee Walker has stolen your heart while dancing with his mom on stage.  Last year, ‘Ta-Lu-La’, a 4lb Papillon joined the act to prove good things come in small sizes too!  Carol promises another wow factor with their newest addition ‘___?___’.  Nope!   We’re not saying!  You’ll have to come down and see for yourself. Mark your calendar to attend the Great Lakes Pet Expo on February 4, 2017. Tinker & friends performance will perform on the Main Stage (stop back the end of January for times). Afterwards, stop by the ‘corral’ and visit.  For more info: SONY DSC

Discover how to change animal behavior, learn a new skill or just be entertained at the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dog and Cat Behavior, Training and Sports at the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

IMG_5388Do you have questions about your dog or cat’s behavior?  Are you looking for a new game or sport to keep your dog occupied?  Then join us at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on February 4, 2017!  We have three Stages of Entertainment for you to select from.

The Education Stage offers presentations from Certified Dog Trainers specific to Animal Behavior that will answer any questions you may have. A presentation on Dog Training Brain Games to keep your dog mentally stimulated.  Does your dog have a high prey drive?  They maybe Barn Hunt is for you! This sport is designed to give dogs a chance to show off their hunting skills.goofy lab tongue

The Activity Stage will showcase high energy, entertaining activities for a variety of companion animals!  This is a new area for 2017 and the line up will be sure to please!

The Main Stage features agility and other great activities to keep your canine busy.  Maybe you are interested in teaching your dog how to pull a cart or wagon?  Carting is a sport that any dog can learn, regardless of it’s size. Check out the equipment needed and what skills are required to see if your dog is up to the task of being a Carting dog. Be sure to check  the full Entertainment Guide at

Learn how one car ride can save the life of an animal at the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the home of BRATS and they will be at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park.  Badger Rescue and Transport Services has been saving the lives of companion animals since 2008 but not in the way you might think.  BRATS’ founders saw the need throughout the State of Wisconsin to relocate animals that were sitting  in shelters and not being adopted.  12928313_1229410190426216_6163779082000292704_nThese animals were facing euthanasia while another shelter or animal rescue organization could place the same animal in no time at all.   If one shelter could place certain breeds why then couldn’t another?   BRATS figured out that demand for different breeds of dogs or types of animals was different in all communities throughout the state.  The next step was to get the groups communicating.  Once that was done BRATS identified the major need which was TRANSPORTATION.   Drivers were needed to take the companion animals from one shelter to another or to a rescue group.  In this way, the animals would find life.   BRATS started recruiting volunteer drivers and driving companion animals to safety.   From October 2008 through mid-December 2016, BRATS volunteers transported 18,454 animals from Wisconsin animal shelters and rescues! 9,795 of these animals were transported from MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission). BRATS transports dogs, birds, reptiles, bunnies, chickens, pigs and anything else that ends up in a Wisconsin shelter.   BRATS does more than transport animals.  Drivers also transport excess food between shelters and provides ambulance services that transports sick or injured animals almost immediately from Wisconsin shelters so they can be treated in medical facilities.   There is lot more to BRATS!  Stop by their booth in Hall A near Cat Alley at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and learn more about this life saving work!   BRATS is THE group that quietly makes a huge impact on the lives of Wisconsin shelter animals.  Learn more about BRATS at

Drop the ball and help save a Shar Pei at the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee

shar-pei-picture_1We’re dropping the balls again at the 2017 Great Lakes Pet Expo on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park in Milwaukee, WI.   Purchase a tennis ball at the show and you could win big in this unusual 50/50 raffle.   All balls purchased will be assigned a number and the balls will be dropped at 4:30 pm in the Bark Park in Hall B at the Great Lakes Pet Expo.   The winning ball will be selected, or should we say, retrieved by a four legged friend.   Winners need not be present to win.   Half of the money will go to  the winning ball and the other half to benefit Shar Pei Savers rescue to help them continue saving rescued, abandoned and homeless Shar Pei.   Ticket prices are $5.00 each. See Shar Pei Savers Rescue booths 828 and 830 at the Great Lakes Pet Expo on January 31st.   Show hours are 10-6.

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center is the Platinum Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee, WI.

WVRC Final-6-24-2013The Alliance of Wisconsin Animal Rehoming Efforts announces a major sponsor for the Great Lakes Pet Expo to be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park, Milwaukee.    “The  Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center (WVRC)  has provided support for this event for many years now and we’re delighted that they have again placed their confidence in this show and opted to become the Platinum Presenting Sponsor” said Beth Enneking, Executive Director for AWARE.    The Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center is a 24-hour animal hospital offering emergency and specialty pet care at three locations in Waukesha, Grafton, and Racine. Specializing in Cardiology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging and Pain Management, WVRC provides Wisconsin and northern Illinois with the highest quality veterinary medical attention 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   You can find WVRC at the Great Lakes Pet Expo inside both the North and West Public Entrances.   WVRC features fantastic resources for pet owners on its website at: