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DogLoversDay Lure Course

Bring your dog and 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. 
Your dog will be able to try it out on it's own! This course will also feature jumps and action photos as your dog runs through! 
Cost is $10 per run. Sign up on site.


Lusco Farms Donkey Rescue to The Great KC Pet Expo! 


NESTER, the donkey who started a movement in Malvern.

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

Learn about Miniature Pigs!


The American Miniature Pig Association will be on site with their pigs! You can meet them and learn what it takes to care for a pig as a pet! 



Benji's Buddies Story Time

Teaching kids about pet adoption


Join Bailing Out Benji volunteers for "Benji's Buddies Story Time" where advocates will read animal-welfare themed stories and children can then participate in coloring activities and small games.  This short "story time" will be help promote pet adoption and being kind to all animals. Books being read will include: Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause, by Peggy Race , Their Little Keeter, by Eric Forrest, Homeward Hounds by Karen Roberts and Not Norman by Kelly Bennett. Time length: 20-25 minutes. We encourage parents to stay with their children during the stories and activities.


Bordner's Pet Selfie Contest        

$50 visa to "Cutest Pet" and "Funniest Pet" 


Visit Bordner's booth to enter their Pet Selfie Contest. They will have props available for the photos! Simply get your photo taken and it will be hung at their booth for people to vote on. The winner will be determined at 2pm when all of the votes are totalled. For more information, visit their booth!



Meet Gander, America's Most Famous Service Dog

and 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Winner


Gander is a six-year-old Labradoodle service dog. He was voluntarily surrendered to a prison training program in Colorado and then identified for service dog training. He was trained by Freedom Service Dogs in Englewood, Colorado.

He was paired with his Army veteran handler, Lon Hodge, in 2012. Since then, he’s been a national ambassador for service dogs. Gander and Lon have traveled to 39 states and have been part of over 400 presentations focusing on the human-canine bond, suicide prevention, invisible disabilities, PTSD, and disability rights and advocacy. Together, Gander and Lon have volunteered their time and talent to raise over $1 million dollars for veteran, animal, and educational groups in the last four years.

Gander has been the recipient of many awards, including:  the 2015-2017 Rotary International Humanitarian-Patriot Award, the Chesty Puller Award, a Hanover Park Veteran Service Award, the AKC Award for Canine Excellence, the 10th Congressional District of Illinois Veterans Leadership Award, and the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Award in the Service Dog category.

Win A Free Motorcycle!!


That's right! Win a FREE motorcycle!! Stop and see Gander The Service Dog at this year's Great KC Pet Exop and enter to win a free Harley motorcycle! The cost for a ticket is $20 or if you buy $20 worth of stuff from their booth you will get a free entry. The winning ticket will be called the day after Veterans Day. Good luck!!


DOXIE DERBY: Fetch Your Dog A Bone

Wiener dog races!


Join us for the 2018 Doxie Derby at the Great KC Pet Expo. We are inviting doxie owners to participate and all doxie lovers to come and watch!  

There will be a large bed basket full of goodies for the Grand Prize Winner.

How it works: There will be six doxies in each race and there will be three heats. The final race-off will be between the 1st and 2nd place winners of each heat. 




Traveling to The Great KC Pet Expo?

Check out our lodging deals below!


Extended-Stay America
7201 W. 106th St. 
Overland Park, KS 66212
877-701-3383

Our friends at Extended-Stay America are offering a discounted room block for the Great KC Pet Expo at just $69/night. Pets are allowed! There is a $25 per pet cleaning fee charged at check-in. The group rate is available until October 16, 2018. To reserve, please call the hotel and refer to the Great KC Pet Expo room block. 

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