Chicago Pet Show in St. Charles aims to bring attention to rescue groups

Chicago Pet Show in St. Charles aims to bring attention to rescue groups

  • A Savanna Monitor baby lizard is among the reptiles on display in a booth sponsored by the Chicago Herpetological Society at a previous Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    A Savanna Monitor baby lizard is among the reptiles on display in a booth sponsored by the Chicago Herpetological Society at a previous Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Daily Herald File Photo

 
By Ann Piccininni
Daily Herald correspondent
Posted11/7/2019 6:00 AM

There may be as many definitions of the word "pet" as there are companion species and the pet caretakers who love them.

A range of pets, rescue groups, pet supply vendors and exhibitors will gather Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10, for the Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We'll have everything from Yorkies to Great Danes," said show organizer Peggy Ruh. "It's a fun time."

Adding to the menagerie will be cats, birds, fish and ferrets, along with a few reptiles.

"We even have a pig there," she said.

Ruh said several rescue groups and humane societies will be at the fairgrounds with animals available for adoption.

"The rescues come from all over," she said.

See Jim Nesci and Bubba the alligator at the Chicago Pet Show in St. Charles.
See Jim Nesci and Bubba the alligator at the Chicago Pet Show in St. Charles. - Courtesy of Shooting the Gap

Vendors will offer food, toys, accessories and pet services for purchase. Animal trainers will give demonstrations and animal experts will offer seminars.

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Saturday starts off with a kids' arts and crafts session, followed by a reptile and insect show from the Crosstown Exotics at 11 a.m., a noon demonstration of how to take pet photographs and a chinchilla show at 12:30 p.m. The chinchilla show comes back at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a show featuring magician Mike Didomenico at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a 2 p.m. show with the Greater Chicago Ferret Association and a 2:30 p.m. show aimed at teaching children how to train their dogs.

Bridget, a 14-year-old macaw, snuggles with owner George Hallenbeck of Illinois Parrot Rescue at a previous Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. This year's event is Nov. 9-10.
  Bridget, a 14-year-old macaw, snuggles with owner George Hallenbeck of Illinois Parrot Rescue at a previous Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds. This year's event is Nov. 9-10. - John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2014

Sunday's schedule includes a 1 p.m. show featuring Bubba the alligator, a longtime favorite attraction at the annual show, along with his trainer, Jim Nesci.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This is actually the last time Jim Nesci will be there. He's moving to Florida," said Ruh.

Dachshunds on the run will be featured at 3 p.m. Sunday when the West 'Burb Wieners present Wiener Races.

The show takes place at the Prairie Events Center, a new exhibition center at the fairgrounds, Ruh said. While animals will abound, visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.

Tammy Ford of Yorkville holds Bella, her rescued King Charles Cavalier dog, during the Chicago Pet Show at a previous Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The show's main purpose is to highlight rescue groups and help pets find homes.
Tammy Ford of Yorkville holds Bella, her rescued King Charles Cavalier dog, during the Chicago Pet Show at a previous Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The show's main purpose is to highlight rescue groups and help pets find homes. - Daily Herald File Photo

"We're trying to highlight the different rescues there," she said.

Ruh said the show has been presented each fall since 2010. It was launched by Ruh, of Yorkville, and two associates, Jessica Zeuli and Beth Casazza, in an effort to help more pets find homes through rescue organizations, she said.

Ruh said the show schedule is packed with activities and events.

"There's something different going on all the time," she said.

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Chicago Pet Show

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10

Where: Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

Admission: $7 for adults 18-64, free for kids 18 and younger accompanied by parents and for seniors 65 and older; free parking

Info: chicagopetshow.com or (630) 385-4000

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