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SECAUCUS, N.J. (September 30, 2013)  The 6th Annual Meadowlands Pet Expo returns this year with new attractions and pet entertainment at the Meadowlands Expo Center at Harmon Meadows!  The annual Pet Expo is being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22 – 24, 2013 and is designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful world of pets. Featuring many pet vendors, educational and entertaining performances, special attractions, hands-on-petting opportunities, pet adoptions, and outstanding holiday shopping for pet lovers and their pets.

WHO:                       Family Pet Shows
WHAT:                     The Meadowlands Pet Expo
WHERE:                  Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ
WHEN:                     Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 22 – 24, 2013

The event is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees over the 3-day event and pet owners can even bring their well-behaved leashed dogs to the expo.  This year’s event brings new talent like low riding bulldogs to high-flying parrots and a world famous dog show, in addition to a slew of returning acts to the show!

Fans of skateboarding bulldogs will be stoked to see TV star and talent, Beefy the Skateboarding Bulldog carving out some street riding and doing a few tricks on his board! Also new this year is John Lege aka ‘That Guy with the Birds’ – his family friendly interactive Parrot program will ruffle feathers and delight bird aficionados.  Bird lovers can even flock to have their picture take with John’s birds throughout the weekend.  In addition, New Jersey’s own, ‘Bat-Man’ Joe D’Angeli brings his informative, educational, and conservation based ‘bat cave exhibit’ to the show.

In conjunction with the Meadowlands Pet Expo, the International Canine Kennel Club will be holding 7 all-breed conformation shows for breeds of the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and Rare Breeds not seen every day.  This is a dog lovers dream to see many different breeds in one location.

In the dog arena, demonstrations, educational and entertaining shows like: Diana Frohman and her Dancing Dogs; Classic K9 Dog Show with their high jumping Frisbee catching trick dogs; a rainforest reptile show; a parade of breeds on Saturday, November 23; and a Pet Fashion Show and contest on Sunday, November 24, 2013!  In addition to the dog area, attendees will enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, learning about and meeting Alpacas, along with many area rescue and adoptions groups with adoptable pets available.

“We are thrilled to be back for our 6th year at the Meadowlands Pet Expo and are expecting this to be our biggest year yet! We have many new attractions this year as well as so many educational, fun and entertaining animals, pet vendors, rescue groups and attractions – this truly is a family pet show for all ages,” said show organizer Karen Garetano of Family Pet Shows who hosts the annual Meadowlands Pet Expo.

Attendees are allowed to bring their well-behaved leashed pets.  Have your pet’s photo taken for the holidays with our photographer, Zap Photography.  Enter the Pet Fashion Show and Costume Contest and participate with your purebred dog in our Parade of Breeds. You can have your dog tested for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Award. Check out the website, for the details.

The Meadowlands Pet Expo will be held on Friday, November 22 from 4pm to 8pm, Saturday, November 23 from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sunday November 24 from 10 am to 5pm. Admission is $12.00 adult and $5 children (ages 11 and under), 3 and under are admitted Free. You can go on our website at for discount coupons or to purchase discount tickets online.

For additional information, vendor space or how to become a sponsor, call us at (631) 423-0620 or email us at or visit our website at

For press inquiries or to interview Dennis or Karen Garetano, the show organizers, contact Nancy E. Hassel at (631) 446-1105 or by email at

About Family Pet Shows
Family Pet Shows is a family owned and operated company that for nearly 20 years have successfully hosted pet expos beginning in 1994 in Pennsylvania.  The company now hosts six different pet expos annually in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; the Long Island Pet Expo in the Park (2 days, outdoor in September); Long Island Pet Expo (3 day event held indoors in March); the Meadowlands Pet Expo (3 day event indoors in November); The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo (3 day event indoors in January); and two New shows in Pennsylvania for 2014 the Lehigh Valley Pet Expo (indoor event in February) and the Reading Pet Expo (3 day outdoor event in May).

Family Pet Shows, formerly known as The Horse and Pet Expo, is run by husband and wife team Karen and Dennis Garetano and their son Joe Garetano.  In 1994, after years of publishing Horseworld USA magazine, they thought of the idea to host a horse expo in Pennsylvania and held their first show in 1994 Fort Washington, PA.  After two years of successfully hosting the first horse expo, they expanded the show to include other pets and changed the name to Horse and Pet Expo and began adding new locations.  Throughout the years and additional shows, Family Pet Shows has grown in size and popularity in each location.

Drawing in crowds of thousands of pet lovers to each of their shows, Karen & Dennis have always been dedicated to making the shows educational, fun, importance of responsible pet ownership, entertaining with talent of various pet and human acts and having many pet vendors and rescue groups.  They graciously offer free booth space to 501 c 3 rescue and adoption groups to help save many animal lives.  Unlike some pet shows, the majority of the floor space is devoted to entertainment and educational program presented by their various acts. They strive on making this truly a family and pet friendly pet show in every venue.

About Dennis, Karen & Joe Garetano
Dennis and Karen are both graduates of Hofstra University. Dennis has been an entrepreneur in the publishing and restaurant business since 1978. He has always been active in the Community as a school board member, volunteer coach for many years, community activist and local charities.  Karen was employed by the Town of Huntington Department of Parks and Recreation for 13 years, where she was responsible for planning and scheduling many of the programs and activities in the town.  That experience has proved to a valuable asset for the planning and scheduling of all the programs they offer at their Family Pet Shows.  Joe has been involved in the shows since he was about 10 years old going with his parents and working at the shows and has recently joined the Family Business full time.

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