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 The Ultimate Guide to the 2020 World of Pets Expo in VA


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This event is perfect for pet owners, animal lovers, families, teens, toddlers, couples,

and just about anyone looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend in the Mid Atlantic!



The World of Pets Expo & Educational Experience is the largest East Coast pet expo of its kind.

This longstanding gathering of the animal lover and pet enthusiast communities is truly a staple event.

Attendees will find entertainment, hands-on experiences, workshops, special guest speakers,

educational displays, demonstrations, shows, exotic animals, shopping and more!



THIS WEEKEND → February 21-23, 2020


Friday, Feb. 21st: 2:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, Feb. 22nd: 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, Feb. 23rd: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.



Hampton Roads Convention Center

(by the Coliseum)

1610 Coliseum Drive

Hampton, VA 23666


Heading East on I-64 (from Richmond):

Merge toward Exit 263 (Mercury Boulevard), getting into the far right lane toward Coliseum Drive. Stay in the right turning lane.

Turn right onto Coliseum Drive. Continue straight through the intersection at Pine Chapel and Coliseum Drive.

Turn left into the parking lot at Hampton Roads Convention Center, located at 1610 Coliseum Drive.

Heading West on I-64 (From Norfolk):

Take Exit 263B (Mercury Boulevard). Stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Coliseum Drive.

Continue straight through the intersection at Pine Chapel and Coliseum Drive. Turn left into the parking lot

at Hampton Roads Convention Center, located at 1610 Coliseum Drive.

North-bound on I-664 (from Suffolk/Portsmouth):

At the crossroads of Interstates 664 and 64, follow traffic for I-64 west, staying in left and center lanes.

Continue on flyover as lanes merge onto I-64. Stay in the farthest right lanes. Take Exit 263 B (Mercury Boulevard).

Stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Coliseum Drive. Continue straight through the intersection at Pine Chapel and Coliseum Drive.

Turn left into the parking lot at Hampton Roads Convention Center, located at 1610 Coliseum Drive.




Order & print your tickets in advance or purchase them at the door!

General Admission: $10.00

Children (Ages 5-12): $5.00

Children (0-5): FREE

Tickets purchased at the event go on sale at the door 30 minutes prior to the event time and are CASH ONLY.

There will be a military discount for those with proper ID. 



The Hampton Roads Convention Center and The World of Pets Expo are

happy to be able to offer all guests FREE PARKING at the event site.




friday schedule


Saturday 1

Saturday 2


Sunday 1

Sunday 2


There’s a lot going on at the World of Pets Expo!

Easily find your way to your favorite demos, shows, seminars, and more with our event map:



Check out our vendor list to find great eats, drinks, shops, and everything else that World of Pets Expo exhibitors have to offer:




There will be plenty of special guest speakers who will be holding seminars,

demonstrations, workshops, and exhibits at the VA 2020 World of Pets Expo including:


»  Shorty Rossi – Pit Boss (Keynote Speaker)  «

Shorty will give a presentation each day in the Main Arena on various animal rights issues, spay and neuter

programs, breed awareness. Shorty will also be on-site all weekend long to interact with our attendees.

Stop by his booth near the Main Arena for a Meet & Greet.


»  Debbie Pearl of  “A Dog’s Way Home” – Paws For Effect  «

Hollywood veteran Debbie Pearl, the owner of Paws For Effect, a full-service movie animal company, is now the author

of an exciting children’s book series “The Furtastics” starring real celebrity dogs who have been animated but will come to life

to meet you and your family! Attend the World of Pets Expo 2020 in Hampton, VA to witness “The Life of a Hollywood Dog”

where you’ll go behind the scenes on what it takes to become a Hollywood Dog, from start to the set

and meet the famous dog Shelby from the #1 family film in America “A Dogs Way Home”.


»  Ladean & Dezarai Gordon – CFMGs, Purrocious Styles Feline Designs  «

This cat-loving mother-daughter duo offers the highest quality groom possible for felines in Hampton Roads

with a “by appointment only” location in Yorktown. It’s not only cat-centric, but it also has a strict

no-dogs allowed policy, making this grooming salon a truly unique setting to help facilitate

a relaxed and attentive environment that any cat owner can appreciate.


»  Dori Mayer of Critter Cozy – Pet CPR & First Aid Workshop  «

Over the years, Dori has amassed a wealth of training and experiences regarding these techniques and their

applicability to animals. She continues to share that knowledge by teaching others how to leverage these

and other healing modalities with the pets they love.


»  Chris Persons – Assistant Fire Marshall + K-9 Pyper  «

To help combat arson fraud and increase community awareness of the problem, State Farm has been providing financial support

for the acquisition and training of an arsonist’s worst nightmare: accelerant detection canines, better known as the arson dog.

Since 1993, the State Farm Arson Dog Program has put more than 400 dogs and their partners to work in 45 states,

the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces.

Come meet Chris Persons, Assistant Fire Marshall of the Hampton Fire Marshall’s Office,

and learn all about K-9 Pyper, the arson dog!


»  Merrimac Dog Training Club  «

Merrimac Dog Training Club will offer agility demos and give you a chance to try it with your dog.

Is your dog an agility dog? Find out if you would like to compete in this sport with your dog.




TICA Cat Show

The World of Pets Expo proudly announces the TICA Cat Show!

Whether your feline is competing or you’re just there to enjoy the fantastic collection of cat breeds

from around the East Coast, this Expo feature is a must-see. This is a 3-day cat show so come Friday, Saturday or Sunday

and enjoy the fun. Pedigree breeders and educators will be on-site to answer questions about specific breeds.

This is an all-breed and household pet cat show. Some breeders at the show will have kittens to

view and rescues may be available for adoption.


Dog Lovers Days’ Lure Course

How do you satisfy your dog’s high-energy inner instincts? Lure Coursing may be the perfect answer!

It’s an exciting way for him to do what comes naturally, but in a safe, controlled environment. Dogs chase a mechanized lure

around a course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Zig-zagging across an open arena is simply

heaven for these dogs! At the same time, it helps improve their focus, agility, and sportsmanship.

There is a Fee of $5.00 per dog to run the course.



Showcased on ABC, ESPN, The Outdoor Channel and Animal Planet, DockDogs® has found its way into the homes

and hearts of millions and is currently the fastest growing sport on four legs. Come watch nonstop action as Chesapeake DockDogs®

compete in Wave after Wave of events, with finals on Sunday.


Most Talented Pet and Fashion Show Contest

Hosted by Z Morning Zoo Z104 + 94.9 The Point

Think your pet has what it takes to be Z104 + 94.9 The Point’s “Most Talented”?

Register your pet in the fashion show and pet tricks contest on Saturday, February 22nd!

Registration is at 12 noon and the contest starts promptly at 1:00 PM!


Bill Troiano & Goliath the Amazing Rottweiler

Goliath is a 5 year old who loves to collect his favorite toys, in fact he knows them all by name. He retrieves his toys, tools,

sports items, food, and many other miscellaneous objects. Goliath is trained by his owner, Bill Troiano.

They perform at many events in the Mid Atlantic region. Goliath and his owner

made a television appearance on the local Channel 6 news last April.


Langley Kennel Club’s Parade of Breeds

Watch, listen and learn as AKC, All-American and Rare Breeds are escorted through the arena.

These narrated parades presented by “groups” will highlight the various aspects of each breed.


Expo Bird Education Area

Brought to you by our partnership with Peninsula Caged Bird Society

Founded in July 1983 to bring together those interested in exotic caged birds for education, friendship and mutual

assistance in proper care, latest aviary management techniques and health alerts, for involvement in state

and national aviculture, pet industry, veterinary, aviculture and conservation research.

PCBS is a working part of Bird Clubs of Virginia.


Cat Health & Grooming Center

Stop by our Question & Answer area to learn about your cats health.

See demos of professional grooming throughout the day.

Demos may include:

»  Proper combing techniques for cats along with the right combs to do it efficiently.

»  Nail trims offered for a donation to Heritage Humane Society.

»  How to get your feline used to nail trims.

»  Learn to do a dental exam to look for gum and teeth issues.

»  How to give a cat medication.

»  How to examine the ear and what issues to look for.


Muttville Comix – Johnny Peers

Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone!

A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy,

Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society in 1972. Since their 1980 debut, the Muttville Comix

have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland,

Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House!


World of Reptiles

Is a reptile the right pet for you? Come see many species and learn from the experts.

Make an informed decision and find out what is needed to keep your new pet comfortable and healthy.

Available all three days of the event.


»  Reptile Experts and Educators

»  Educational displays and materials

»  Reptiles and supplies offered for sale


Cat Agility Demos

You’ve all heard about dog agility competitions and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the dogs whip through

the obstacle courses with determination and speed. It’s amazing how they can climb up and down those high steps

and race through those weave pole areas with such ease and speed. Now, can you actually imagine a cat lowering

its dignity enough to do that? But, of course! Cats are definitely trainable and most are willing

to follow a feather or dangling toy anywhere!

Feline agility competitions are rapidly growing in popularity at cat shows around the world.

CFA started planning agility competitions late in 2004 and numerous clubs have jumped at the chance to set up an agility

course at their cat shows. Exhibitors are standing in line to put their cat through its paces. And spectators are just loving it!

Interactive demos will be going on all day! Give it a try with a trained agility cat and an expert teacher.


IJA Dog Grooming Competition

It was the quest for a panel system of judging, a system for training judges, including continued educational programs,

and the need to standardize judging and ring procedures, that motivated two industry icons, Vivian and John Nash,

to create the International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition.

The International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions offers a Professional Division and a Pet Lovers Division

to create a place for everyone in the IJA Competition Arena.


Adoption Events, Petting Zoo, & Pony Rides

There will be multiple adoption events taking place in different areas of the Expo.

Check out our extensive animal petting zoo for only $2 (plus the price of admission).

Don’t forget to give your kids a chance to pet and hold all of the animals!

Pony rides are available as well for an additional fee.


To see the full schedule of demos, exhibits, attractions, and more, click here:

World of Pets – Virginia Schedule


Check our Facebook page for day-of-event updates about the Expo:

World of Pets on Facebook


Can’t wait to see you there!

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