About Family Pet Shows:
Family Pet Shows is a family owned and operated company that for nearly 25 years have successfully hosted pet expos beginning in 1994 in Pennsylvania. The company now hosts five different pet expos annually in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania; the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo (3 day event indoors in January); the Lehigh Valley Pet Expo ( 2 day indoor event in January), Greater Boston Pet Expo (2 day indoors in February); Long Island Pet Expo - Suffolk (2 day event held indoors in March); Morgantown Pet Expo (2 day indoors in March); Long Island Pet Expo - Nassau (2 day indoors in April); Long Island Pet Expo in the Park (2 day outdoor in September) and the Connecticut Pet Expo (2 day indoors in October).
Family Pet Shows, formerly known as The Horse and Pet Expo, is run by husband and wife team Karen and Dennis Garetano and their son Joe Garetano. In 1994, after years of publishing Horseworld USA magazine, they thought of the idea to host a horse expo in Pennsylvania and held their first show in 1994 Fort Washington, PA. After two years of success, they expanded the show to include other pets and changed the name to Horse and Pet Expo and began adding new locations. Throughout the years and additional shows, Family Pet Shows has grown in size and popularity in each location.
Drawing in crowds of thousands of pet lovers to each of their shows, Karen & Dennis have always been dedicated to making the shows educational, fun, importance of responsible pet ownership, entertaining with talent of various pet and human acts and having many pet vendors and rescue groups. They graciously offer free booth space to 501 c 3 rescue and adoption groups to help save many animal lives. Unlike some pet shows, the majority of the floor space is devoted to entertainment and educational program presented by their various acts. They strive on making this truly a family and pet friendly pet show in every venue.
About Dennis, Karen & Joe Garetano:
Dennis and Karen are both graduates of Hofstra University. Dennis has been an entrepreneur in the publishing and restaurant business since 1978. He has always been active in the Community as a school board member, volunteer coach for many years, community activist and local charities. Karen was employed by the Town of Huntington Department of Parks and Recreation for 13 years, where she was responsible for planning and scheduling many of the programs and activities in the town. That experience has proved to a valuable asset for the planning and scheduling of all the programs they offer at their Family Pet Shows. Joe has been involved in the shows since he was about 10 years old going with his parents and working at the shows and has joined the Family Business full time.