The PAWS United Pet Expo is back, this time with a throwback indoors.
The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Southland Bingo Hall at 2855 Centennial Ave. at Radcliff.
Toshie Murrell, founder of Forever Homes for Paws, is the organizer of the exhibit.
Murrell said the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but returned as an outdoor event in 2021. It is returning as an indoor event this year .
She said the exhibit started in 2015, around the same time she founded Forever Homes.
She then started reaching out and meeting with other lifeguards in the community to learn more.
With these new relationships, she decided there should be an event where all animal rescue organizations can come together to raise money for these services.
“It’s about bringing all the local rescues together…under one roof,” she said.
Murrell said the main focus of the exhibit, however, is awareness and education of animals, animal rescues and shelters.
“It’s for the sake of the animals in the community that are strays, that are lost, that need medical attention,” she said.
Originally, Murrell said the exhibit was an adoption event, but they decided it needed to grow.
In year three, and still to this day, pets are also welcome at the event, provided they are on a leash, have vaccinations, and have a signed waiver.
She said there will be around 30 vendors, six advocacy groups, 10 rescues and two food vendors in attendance Saturday.
The cost to attend the exhibit is a donation of pet food, kitty litter or any type of monetary donation, but Murrell said everyone is welcome.
Visitors to the exhibit include Elizabethtown Police Department canine officer Ken Swanson with K-9 Indy and Boone the raccoon from Nolin River Wildlife.
This year will also be the first introduction of a live auction at noon with a silent auction.
Murrell said they are currently seeking, in addition to donations, volunteers and gift baskets for the silent auction.
She said she can be reached regarding the exhibit and donations at 270-801-5224.
Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or [email protected]