UPDATE 4/27:

Due to the weather forecast on Saturday, the Eastern Iowa Pet Expo is being moved indoors. The event will now take place at the Iowa National Guard Armory at 1500 Wright Brothers Blvd in Cedar Rapids, which is over near the airport.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/22:

If you're a pet parent or a *potential* pet parent, there's a big event happening in the Corridor next weekend that you may want to check out!

The Eastern Iowa Pet Expo an an annual event dedicated to our best furry friends, and we're only a few days away from the 2022 celebration! This year's expo is set for next Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bass Farms in Mount Vernon. The venue is outdoors, so pups are welcome! The Facebook page reads:

"There will be rescues with adoptable pets, vendors for pets and pet parents, along with other vendors for the non-pet person. You may bring your pets on a short leash and with proper vaccinations."

The 2022 Eastern Iowa Pet Expo will have around 23 different animal rescues like Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue, Deafinitely Dogs, Draco's Reptile Rescue, A Home for Every Bunny, Adopt a PalS.A.I.N.T. Rescue, Dogs Forever, and more. Dogs Forever's booth will feature a fun activity for your dog called "Picasso Pups!" For $8, volunteers will help guide your pup into creating a work of art that you can take home and hang on the fridge. Mary's Farm Sanctuary will also be present, and they'll have mini ponies with them for guests to pet!

Another important aspect of the event is low-cost microchipping with the Iowa Humane Alliance. For only $25 (cash only), you can get your dog or cat microchipped, and it comes with lifetime registration.

Overall, the expo is set to have over 90 rescues/vendors of all kinds, so there will be something for everybody in attendance, even if you're not a pet owner! A couple of different food trucks will be set up, as well as the Tin-Cup Bus-Stop for coffee, there will be balloon animals for the kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests can take part in a pet photo shoot with fun props, and they can even check out the Bass Farms shop for ice cream and more.

Admission for the Eastern Iowa Pet Expo is $5 for ages 10 and up, $3 for ages 4 to 9, and free for ages 3 and under. All of the money will be donated to participating shelters.

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