Wedding dogs to pet funerals on show at Coast pet expo

14 Jul

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By Akshaya Aiyer, Bond University Journalism Student

Pet wedding chauffeurs and funeral services for pets were few of the many unique services on show at the 14th Gold Coast Pet and Animal Expo last weekend.

Trained dogs walking the aisle for weddings, an exotic service provided by LLP Pet Minding, was one of the popular stalls at the Expo.

Michael Beatty, Media and Community Relations Officer at RSPCA, said he  was happy with the overall turnout of the event.

“As it was not a ticketed event, we don’t have an absolute figure but we estimate an attendance of 26,000 people,” said Mr Beatty.

“RSPCA wanted to provide a platform for the community to raise awareness, share and exchange quality products and services on the market for animals.

“We also wanted to educate people about the responsibilities behind adopting a dog.”

Loretta Smith, animal welfare officer at SEQ Rescue, said she was surprised at the response at her stall.

“It was heart-warming to see so many people interested in adopting old working dogs who have nowhere else to go,” said Ms Smith.

“Finding our dogs a warm home and making sure that they don’t end up back in the shelter is our biggest responsibility.”

The expo had 150 stall exhibitions, live shows and animal entertainment such as dog skateboarding, dog training sessions and dog diving competition.

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