What’s happening at The Great Indy Pet Expo

November 9 & 10, 2019


Meet Gizmo, The Pet Skunk!!

Learn how to take care of this “different” kind of pet

Gizmo is a 9 month old “chocolate chip” or brown domesticated skunk. He comes from a breeder right here in Indiana! He was born May 12, 2017. He has a complex diet and supplements that he is required to take. He gets along well with his two canine sisters and one canine brother. He lives with his mom, Megan and dad, Thomas in Mccordsville. It may surprise you to hear that Gizmo LOVES bell peppers and strawberries! 

Learn more about caring for a pet skunk and meet Gizmo and his family at this year’s Great Indy Pet Expo. 

Also, stay caught up with Gizmo via his Facebook page.


Pet Valu Rescue Meet & Greet Arena

Mingle with the adoptable pets on site!

Thanks to Pet Valu, there will be a new Rescue Meet & Greet Arena at this year’s Great Indy Pet Expo! This will be a 40-foot draped area on the main show floor of The Great Indy Pet Expo.

This space is created for rescues and shelters to be able to showcase your adoptable pets in a more relaxed meet & greet area where potential adopters can interact with new potential family members. 

We asked Pet Valu to partner with us on this because they have such a huge commitment to the rescue and shelter community. In addition, they will provide all new adoptive pet parents a Pet Parent Guide which also includes coupons to their store.

Be sure to stop by and check it out while your there!

Pet Valu Thanks For Giving Campaign 

A Food and Product Drive for Local Rescues

Pet Valu is extending their “Thanks for Giving” November campaign to the Great Indy Pet Expo. This is a is a food and product drive for local rescues. They are asking for pet food, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, grooming tools and treats. The local Pet Valu stores will distribute all the donations to their rescue and shelter partners. A donation of only $5 feeds a cat or a dog for a week! Every customer that makes a donation to Thanks for Giving will receive (1) bounce back coupon for $5 off a purchase of $40 or more regardless of how much they donate.

Try The Official Treat of The Great Indy Pet Expo!

Cosmo’s Superior Foods

We are thrilled to introduce the Official Treat of the 2018 Great Indy Pet Expo, Cosmo’s Signature Chicken Jerky by Cosmo’s Superior Foods. Cosmo’s has created many original, innovative products and focuses on a ‘whole-body’ approach – – their main goal is to provide maximum nutritional benefit to your pet without the use of any synthetic vitamins or any additives.  They offer chicken jerky, chicken hearts, chicken feet, and freeze-dried wild salmon, bison/beef heart jerky and a variety of sweet potato products.

You’re in luck because Cosmo’s will provide all attendees with a buy one, get one free coupon at the Pet Expo Welcome Center.

You can also stop by the Cosmo’s Superior booth and pick up your free sample and let your dog try a treat for themselves! Disclaimer; they are highly addictive.

Benji’s Buddies Story Time

Teaching kids about pet adoption and puppy mills

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.


Wiener dog races! 

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

This race is also a fundraiser for Red Sky Rescue. 50% of your registration will go to their rescue and the other 50% will go to prizes for the winners. All participants will receive a ribbon.

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. This means there are ONLY 18 SPOTS available, so if you are interested you must register early! 

See forms below on how to register and rules for the race. Race will take place at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 11.
Registration and Application Form

Rules for the Race

Dog Grooming Competition Returns to Indy!

Groomers of every skill level can compete.

Groomer Palooza is back at The Great Indy Pet Expo for the 4th year in a row!

NASH Academy and the International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition have partnered with the Great Indy Pet Expo to bring sanctioned dog grooming competitions to Indy. 

Compete in the grooming competitions to show your technical skills and profile knowledge and win cash, prizes and certifications.

IJA hopes to welcome local competitors, new and returning IJA competitors back to the ring at the first IJA Rescue Me Dog Grooming Competition at the Great Indy Pet Expo and together we help find homes for sheltered animals.

For a more information on the 3 types of classes CLICK HERE

For a complete schedule of the weekend CLICK HERE

Canine Good Citizen Testing

Reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community

The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. (AKC.org) For more about the CGC test, rules and regulations go to: www.akc.org

Sign up on-site. Cost is $10 per dog and proceeds go to the Dalmation Club of Greater Indianapolis

Agility Rabbits! ALL WEEKEND!

Rabbits love to jump, explore and figure out obstacles, which makes agility courses so much fun for them! Rabbit Agility is much like dog or cat agility but with small equipment and made stable enough for the rabbit’s weight. Come check it out for yourself all weekend! 

Meet the Scaly Tailz Critters

Scaly Tailz is a reptile and amphibian education and rescue 501(c)3 non profit organization. Come meet their critters at this year’s Great Indy Pet Expo! 

Dog Food 101

What is in your pet’s dog food?

Ever wondered what the ingredients mean in your dog’s food? Well bring your label with you and let the expert tell you! A food rep from Platinum Paws will be on-site talking about the ingredients in your pet’s food. He will tell you ingredients to look for and ones to watch out for. Ask him what kind of diet is right for your pet. 

Traveling to The Great Indy Pet Expo?

Official Expo Hotel:

La Quinta for just $70/night

Our friends at La Quinta offer a bargain rate for Expo vendors: Just $70, pets included. They provide Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast. 

La Quinta Inn Indianapolis East-Post Drive
2349 Post Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: 317-897-2300

To receive the discounted rate:  Call and ask for the Great Indy Pet Expo block.