Three Bradford County animal shelters have stepped up to create the first ever Bradford County Pets Expo, an event centered around providing information to locals on specific dangers to pet's health.

Happy Tails No-Kill Animal Shelter, Bradford County Humane Society and Animal Care Sanctuary will host the event to be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at Riverfront Park near Veterans Memorial Bridge in Towanda.

Executive director of the Bradford County Humane Society, Jennifer Spencer, said each shelter will have a stand set up at the event to hand out pet health related information and give demonstrations on how to identify heartworm disease. Information will also be provided on when pets should receive their first rabies shots, Spencer said. Although no pricing information was available Tuesday, Spencer said rabies shots will be available at the expo.

Spencer said community members are encouraged to stop by with their pets. All three shelters will be selling pet related merchandise, including sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats, dog and cat toys, collars and leashes.

Claudia Goodenow of Happy Tails said the event was created after a noticeable increase in pet diseases in Bradford County, including lime disease.

Spencer said she also noticed the increase, and said veterinarians that she has talked to have attributed it to the rise in gas drilling activity in the area.

"We've seen some species of ticks in the area recently that we've never seen before," she said.

Spencer said some animals from the shelters will be present at the event.

Goodenow said she is hoping Saturday's expo can turn into a sizable, yearly event.

"Hopefully next year we will continue on and make it bigger."

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