SoCal Pet Expo


The annual Southern California Pet Expo, a free event for pet lovers, was held Feb. 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

This indoor event offered 100+ exhibitors, low-cost vaccinations, pet adoption, agility course and obedience demos, training tips and a pet costume contest. Many people arrived with their furry, feathered and reptilian pals. The event offered a chance for people to come out to learn, shop, play or adopt.

Shorty Rossi, star of “Pit Boss” on Animal Planet, made an appearance with his popular canine sidekick, Hercules. Rossi has a special passion that has been a major part of his life since he was a teenager — championing the cause of pit bulls.

When Rossi isn’t managing Shortywood Productions, a company that works with little people in the entertainment industry, or filming “Pit Boss,” he’s working with Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue, a charity he formed that rescues, rehabilitates and places neglected and abused pit bulls in loving, nurturing homes. Shorty’s Rescue is not a shelter or a charity; its employees work tirelessly to help relieve the suffering of and prevent cruelty to pit bulls through education and activism.

The Southern California Pet Expo is organized by Amazing Pet Expos, which currently produces more than 37 pet expos around the country, all of them indoors and free to the general public. For more information, visit

Photos by AYAME KOUSAKA/Rafu Shimpo





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