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St John Ambulance Paws 4 Stories Area

St. John Ambulance Volunteer Therapy Dog teams provide moments of joy to people who are lonely or sick, who lack support, or who need a confidence and companionship boost. Paws 4 Stories is one aspect of the program the helps promote children's reading and communication skills. Since inception, Paws 4 stories has helped children feel empowered and relaxed while reading aloud do a certified therapy Dog. Interested in learning more out St. John Ambulance volunteer opportunities and Therapy Dog visitations? Make sure to stop by!

Meet Bentley the Bulldog and his dad Brad!

Meet Vancouver's most famous Bulldog! With over 300,000 instagram followers, Bentley the Bulldog (mrbentley_thedog) went viral because of his irrational fear of everything around him (except co-piloting helicopters and snowboarding...

Come and see Vancouver's cutest celebrity up close - all show long at the Mountain Dog booth!

Free Professional Photo of you and your pet sponsored by Mega Dog Raw Food

Come and check out Mega Dog Raw Food - an affordable raw food option for families with bigger dogs or multiple dog households. It is made from triple-ground meaty bones, organ meat, kelp, and a veggie mix of carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and collard greens. ... While you are there, get a free photo of you and your furry best friend at the Giggle Photo Booth in the Mega Dog booth F4, sponsored by Mega Dog!

Come try out our Lure Course!
֍Sponsored by Apawthecary Pets

Coursing offers a great way for dogs to burn a lot of energy while having some good, safe fun. If your dog likes to chase balls, they'll most likely love lure coursing. Enthusiasts of the sport have set up many local clubs throughout North America. Come and try the course with your dog, the lure course is sponsored by Apawthecary Pets and its free to try this year. The sport of lure coursing has a long history - 4,000 year old Egyptian tombs depict coursing with long legged hounds. It was a popular sport amongst wealthy landowners that had big grounds to practice on. In the middle ages coursing was only accessible to royalty; in England commoners were not allowed to own a Greyhound for quite some time. In the 1970's sighthound fanciers developed a portable, controlled coursing event that is the basis for the lure course at the Pet Lover Show.

Dog and Cat Blood Donor Clinic by Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show!

Come to booths 209 & 210 to learn how your pets Blood Donation could saves lives! The AECFV's Pet Blood Donor clinic will be ongoing at the Pet Lover Show this year!

The Blood Services Department at the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley was started as a small, in house donor program in 1996. Donors were called in on an emergency basis to help patients in the hospital. Years later, we took the program over and began a campaign to expand, because hospitals would call us for help and we wouldn't be able to assist them. We didn't want to say no, so I started reaching out the community. Together, we have become a blood bank with nearly 120 animals (dogs and cats) that donate blood every 2-3 months to help animals in need. We support hospitals all over the Lower Mainland, teaching them how to give blood transfusions to help them help their patients at their own hospitals or providing Blood Medicine as part of our well-rounded Emergency team and facility. As we expand to help hospitals on Vancouver Island and in the Interior of BC, we will need more donors to meet the need for blood. Our motto is 'Pets Saving Pet's Lives' and that's what our donors do everyday. We couldn't do it without them and we are always excited to get to show off the amazing animals who make up the amazing super heroes that are our Blood Donors!

We can use both dogs and cats in our donor program. The following are criteria we look for in a donor:

- Between the ages of 1-6yrs
- Animals can be used up to the age of 9, but we do not admit dogs to the program older than 6yrs, or cats older than 3-4 yrs.
- Over 50lbs for our regular K9 program, 30-50lbs for our Half Pint K9 Program and over 8lbs for cats.
- Must have a good temperament and be in good physical condition.
- Must be fed a quality dry or canned food, (no raw diets).
- Must be vaccinated (or titred), dewormed and treated for fleas.
- Must be spayed or neutered
- Must never have had a transfusion previously.

When someone brings their pet in, they will be given a physical exam, as well as a temperament assessment by one of our Blood Services Technicians. We take a small sample of blood and run a test in house to determine what their blood type is. For dogs, we can only test in house for the antigen 1.1, and depending on the results, we then send them off to the veterinary lab for a full health screen, including a cbc, blood chemistry, urine and fecal examinations, and tests for blood borne pathogens. Once we receive the results, we will let you know and add them to our list of volunteer donors.

We make an effort to work around our donor owners schedules as much as we can. Most of our blood related appointments are held on Saturdays, but we do make some exceptions if that day is simply not possible for the owner. We are usually able to give owners at least two weeks notice, so that we can work best around their schedule. Most owners drop their dogs off, but some do bring a magazine or a book and wait. Owners are always welcome to sit in on the donation as well. A donation takes between 15-45 mins, depending on the animal. Some of our donors are given some sedation because it's difficult to ask a dog for sit still for that length of time. Cats are always sedated and so their appointments may take a little longer than dogs.

We try to make the donation and volunteer experience as fun as possible for both our donors and their owners. We want our donors to be excited to come in and see us. At the end of each donation, they are given a can of food (if their diet permits, ie; no allergies.) The owners are sent a gift card the week after each donation as well. We also provide no-cost yearly bloodwork for your pet and we waive the emergency fee should your pet ever have to come in and see us on an emergency basis. Should your pet ever need a blood transfusion over the course of their life, it will be done at no charge to you.

AECFV's Website

Free nose work course at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre (SARC) booth

The Surrey Animal Resource Centre (SARC) will be returning to the Pet Lover Show with a spacious new booth filled with fun for you and your pet! Bring your dog for a free introduction to the popular pet dog sport of scent detection called Nosework. Let your dog show off how fast they can use their nose to find hidden treats and win a prize. No matter their breed or size, Nose work is a great sport that all dogs can play. Learn about an exciting, upcoming Nosework event - SARC Scent-Topia and how you can get involved. Take a selfie with a giant rabbit, view photos of adoptable animals, ask about volunteering, and get training tips for any pet. SARC is the municipal animal shelter for the City of Surrey that provides medical and behavioural support for almost 2000 animals per years. The centre's services and outreach programs help people create and maintain happy, healthy relationships with their pets.

SARC Website