Fill a Fire Truck looks to build on the success of the Pet Expo 2023 event.

One of the highlights of the Fill a Fire Truck Pet Expo is the baked goods available at the “Barkery” for dogs.

After a successful inaugural event last year, Fill a Fire Truck Pet Expo: Unleashing Hope for Washington County Pet Rescues is returning.

The event will be held on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bentleyville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 908 Main St.

The Pet Expo will be hosted by Discover Pet Health Poochtique and Spaw and the Bentleyville VFD.

“We invite pet rescues from Washington County to come and participate,” said Sharee Kalchthaler, owner of Discover Pet Health Poochtique and Spaw. “They are able to bring in animals that are up for adoption. They are able to provide information about their work and try to get more volunteers. They sell items to raise some funds. can.

Pet rescues scheduled to participate include Angel Ridge Animal Rescue, Pet Search, Bridge to Home Animal Rescue and Merry Exotics Reptile Rescue.

Kalchthaler said the rescue has posted a list of items they need on social media, which are donated to fill the truck, and include dog food, paper towels, liquid bleach, dog shampoo, dish soap, Blankets, towels, bed sheets, dog beds, heat and UV bulbs, Reptibark, snake bedding, fresh fruits and vegetables, dog safe rock salt and dog waste bags. Cash donations are also welcome.

“People bring in items that pets are looking for and they fill the fire truck with those items,” he said.

Kalchthaler said the 2023 event resulted in a fire truck full of donated equipment.

“It was amazing,” he said. “We’re hoping to get the word out a little bit more this year and get them more funds and more items they need. All the rescue and response teams get half the tech and $300 each from the Chinese auction. More were found and probably thousands of dollars worth of items … these rescue and first response teams put so much heart and soul into this and donated their time. These animals really need all the help they can get.

Various activities are scheduled throughout the day.

A canine first aid/CPR class will be offered by Tall Oaks Canine Safety from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $60 per person.

Marodi Media will take Valentine’s Day pet photos for $15 for two digital photos. And free caricature drawings will be available from noon to 2 p.m.

Free dog training consultations, animal safety and rescue demonstrations by the Bentleyville VFD, various presentations by the Washington County Animal Response Team and pet O2 mask demonstrations by Ambulance and CHAIR EMS will also be available.

Participating vendors will include Scoop Dog Canine Creamery, Follow Our Lead and Color My World Milk + Honey. KJ’s Rollin’s Kitchen will serve food in the parking lot. Discover Pet Health will offer samples of a “Barkery” (bakery for dogs) and “Bark Couterie” for dogs, as well as beer for dogs – foams made with various vitamins for canines.

“We have a mug of beer for them,” Klichthaler said.

Pets are welcome, but must be restrained on a non-retractable leash or in a carrier.

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