Upcoming Reptile Events

If you are looking for a new scaly friend, or just need some supplies for your current one, check to see if there’s a reptile show in your area this weekend! Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, make a trip out of it.

Dixie Reptile Show

Zamora Shriners Temple

Irondale, Alabama

April 17

This Dixie Reptile Show will have many discount animals and supplies on display and for sale. It will go on from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM; admission is $4 for adults, and $1 for children under 12.

Midwest Reptile Show

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indianapolis, Indiana

April 17

This reptile show will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. It is $5 admission for everyone over 9. All sorts of different vendors will be there, selling a variety of snakes, lizards, frogs and more. There will also be discount feeder animals and a huge selection of supplies.

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds

Kalamazoo, Michigan

April 17

This Midwest show will take place from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. People will be able to buy, sell and trade all sorts of exotic reptiles, amphibians and other animals, ranging from hedgehogs to spiders. Many different animal breeders will be there to answer questions. All animals who are sold at this show qualify for a free vet exam at Milwood Animal Clinic. Admission is $4 for adults and children over 10, $2 for children 6-10 and free for children under 6.

Reptile Breeder’s Expo

Omaha Executive Inn and Suites

Omaha, Nebraska

April 18

This reptile expo will be hosted by the Nebraksa Herpetological Society. They will have 35 tables of breeders from around the country. There will be captive-born animals, as well as books, supplies and other accessories. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 3-12 years old. It will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

New York Reptile Expo

Westchester County Center

White Plains, New York

April 18

This show will take place in White Plains, which is just a short train ride away from New York City. It will go on from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and cost $10 for adults, $4 for children 7-12 and free for children under 7. It will feature over 200 vendor tables, where people can buy things for up to half-off their retail price.

Upcoming Pet Events in New York

New York State and New York City have a bunch of fun pet events going on in the next couple weeks! They certainly are not short of variety, ranging from balls to new-age chakra alignment to kitten workshops!

An Introduction to Animal Chakra Healing

New York Open Center

New York, New York

March 26

Have a new age pet? This will be a helpful workshop from 7:00-10:00 PM with Margrit Coates, who will explain how to sense your animal’s chakras and how to help balance your animal, mentally, physically and emotionally. She will explain how to sense things in your animal by observing its coat, muscles, stretching habits and shaking patterns. It is $30 for nonmembers.

Jazzy Fur Ball

Martha Clara Vineyards

Riverhead, New York

March 26

This will be a fancy event which will occur from 7:30-10:30 PM. It is $40 admission, which includes a drink and light fare. There will be music, Chinese auction and wine. All of the proceeds will go to animals in need.

Hands-on-Healing For Animals

New York Open Center

New York, New York

March 27

This all-day class will take place from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, and costs $130 for non-members. It will cover issues on how to analyze pets’ mental, emotional and physical condition, and feeling out their energy. It will also cover how to help when your animal is ill.

Eastern Egg-stravaganza and Spring Fling

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center

Huntington, New York

March 27

This event will feature professional photographers where you can have your child’s Easter picture taken for $25. It will also feature an Easter Egg Hunt, children’s games and a bake sale. It will go on from 12:00-5:00 PM at the shelter.

Kitten Palooza! Bottle Feeding and Care of Orphaned Kittens


New York, New York

April 6

This will be part of a series of kitten workshops, which will go on at the Upper East Side’s ASPCA at 6:30-9:30 PM. It will cover all aspects on how to bottle feed and take care of little orphaned kittens, as well as the stages of kitten care.

Spring Dog Fest


Valley Cottage, New York

April 11

This event will take place at Dognique, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM (rate date April 18). It will feature many fun activities, including raffles, a rally obedience course, training demonstrations, free product samples and $8 nail clippings. They will have food vendors with human food, which will all be fish, shrimp or chicken. Several of the vendors there will also give information on their products. There will even be Girl Scout cookies for sale!

Dog-Friendly Parks Around Albany, New York

If you are headed to New York state’s capital, Albany, there are plenty of places for you and your dog to enjoy with or without a leash!

The four designated off-leash dog parks are open from dusk until dawn. To use the off-leash dog parks, dogs are required to be vaccinated, sociable and under owner control. Dogs also must be leashed when they are away from the off-leash areas.

Department of General Services Off Lead Area

This fenced, off-leash area is located on Erie Boulevard, just north of the Interstate 90 bridge overpass.

Normanskill Farm Dog Park

This dog park is located off Delmar Avenue, and is fenced and has pleasant scenery.

Westland Hills Dog Park

There is a fenced, off-leash area located in greater Westland Hills Park. It is a small park that is located close to the SUNY Albany campus.

Hartman Road Dog Park

This fenced, off-leash dog park is located half a mile past the Thruway Bridge, by the Community Gardens.

Washington Park

Washington Park is a large, popular park with many natural and human-made attractions. It is one of the oldest city parks of New York state. They hold events that usually take place in spring and summer, but dogs are not allowed at the events, so make sure you check in advance for events to avoid confusion. The park features grassy fields, statues, monuments, a lake house amphitheater, tennis courts, a pond, a playground and many paths to explore. Dogs are allowed to join you on leash.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

This large preserve is full of dense shrubs, pines, grassy fields and wild flowers in the summer. It is also home to the Karner blue butterfly, which is an endangered species. There is a network of trails located in this preserve that are utilized year-round. Dogs are allowed to hike with you on leash.

Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

This nature preserve is located in nearby Clifton Park, New York. It takes up 600 acres, and many local dog walkers enjoy taking walks here along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. It features some historical sites for the Erie Canal, as well as a wetland wildlife area that has some migratory birds. Dogs are allowed in this preserve on leash.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

This is an interesting place to walk around if you like history, where you can walk along the canal banks. People often jog and bike along its sides, and others utilize the water for fishing, motorboating, cruising and kayacking. Dogs are allowed to walk with you along the banks if they are on leash. This site is located in nearby town Waterford, New York.

New York State Animal Week Events


This is the first annual Animal Week of New York State. It is presented by Animal World USA, and shelters, rescue groups and humane organizations are hosting things around NYC, as well as all around the state. Though it started on the 10th, there are many fun pet and family activities still going on this week. It is sponsored by NY governor David Patterson and over 100 different animal organizations.

Toddler Time

The Bronx Zoo

Bronx, New York

October 13

The zoo will open at 10 AM, for toddlers to enjoy. For every adult, two children are allowed to go in for free. The zoo will provide a custom kid’s tour and theater programs.

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” Featured Reading

NY Public Library, Morrisiania Branch

Bronx, New York

October 13

The NY Public Library branch will host a reading of “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” at 3:30 PM. It is an educational, award-winning book for children 6-12 years old.

Learn and Serve

EFA Community Room

Elmira, New York

October 13

The SPCA will host a conference for kids about how to help out their local animal association. It will go on from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Responsible Dog Class for People

Huntington Town Hall

Huntington, New York

October 13

Huntington, Long Island, offers this class on a monthly basis. It is a humans-only conference, and will go on from 6:00-8:00 PM. Parents are encouraged to bring children ages 10+, and the talk will go over training advice, dog park etiquette and more. It is a free class but you must reserve a spot: [email protected]


Cat and Kitten Adoption Clinics

Petsmart in Clifton Park

Clifton Park, NY

All week: Tuesday 10/13: 6-7:30 pm

Thursday 10/15: 6-7:30 pm

Friday 10/16: 6-7:30 pm

Saturday 10/17: 11-3

Sunday 10/18: 12-3

The Whiskers Benevolent League is holding a cat adoption festival. These cats have all come from the surrounding area, and have been fixed and vaccinated. Adoption fee is $100.

Rendezvous with Reptiles

Milton J Rubenson Museum of Science and Technology

Syracuse, New York

October 15


This event will hold two sessions, one at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, the next at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. Maxman Reptile Rescue will hold a live reptile presentation, and you’ll be allowed to touch the animals. You get to learn about how reptiles can relate to one another, and how they adapt to their ecological niches. It costs $5 for adults, $4 for children.

Emergency Prepardness Pet Event

Union Square

Manhattan, New York

October 15

This event will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM, and you can bring your pet. It will include pet demos and giveaways, as well as free microchipping for dogs and cats.