LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Animal Shelter is hosting a Livingston Pet Expo at Village Shopping Center on Sunday, Nov. 1 for families hoping to find a new four-legged family member or want to learn more about pet ownership.

From 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Livingston Circle, local pizza restaurants will feed guests as they “adopt, educate and rescue” from a number of animal shelters and rescue groups.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter, a committee formed by local residents working together to help improve the conditions of the Livingston Animal Shelter, the event with also give a sneak peek inside Santa’s Workshop to see the Camuso Elves hard at work.

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“Anyone who loves pets should attend,” said Communications Advisor Marty Meyers. “The theme of the event is adopt, educate, and rescue and there will be plenty of opportunities to see lots of adoptable pets and learn from experts.”

Meyers said the event would not be possible without sponsors Eastman Companies, Livingston Healthy Community Healthy Youth, Camuso Decorations and the Township of Livingston.

The Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter is a committee formed by local residents working together to help improve the conditions of the Livingston Animal Shelter. Animal shelters and rescue groups participating include Eyes of Hope; The Seeing Eye Puppy Club of Essex County; Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary; Morristown Seeing Eye; Purrfect Pals, Inc.; Eleventh Hour Rescue; Paws in Place; SOS Pets; Newark Associated Humane Society; Cans for Cats; Mind of Dog; People for Animals; Montclair Township Animal Shelter; Therapy Dogs International; Wild Baby Rescue Center; Nico’s Dog Walking/Sitting Service and many more.

“Talking about pets has to be one of the best ice breakers,” said Meyers. “It doesn't matter if you are young or old or what you do for a living, you can still share a great conversation about pets. The Livingston Pet Expo is a great opportunity to meet fantastic people who share a common bond: a love of animals."

The Livingston Pet Expo will offer something for pets and people alike. Attendees can visit the Pet Photo Booth, where for a $5 donation they can have their pet’s photo taken and entered into the “Cutest Pet” contest on The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle’s Facebook page. The winner will receive a $100 shopping spree at Choice Pet Supply. Food items from The Olive Garden and Ike’s Bagel Café also will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the Livingston Animal Shelter.

In addition to bonding over furry friends, guests will also get a small preview of the excitement that comes with the approaching winter holidays. The Camuso Elves will host an open house at the Livingston Pet Expo to show people what is being worked on for the holiday display that surrounds the gazebo at the Livingston Oval each winter.

The Camuso family donated the holiday decorations that were displayed at their Livingston home for many years prior to Ernie Camuso’s death. A Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee was formed consisting of about 20 local residents, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Business Improvement District (BID). Since the display was taken down last winter, the Committee has been raising funds, cleaning and restoring the figures and expanding the display.

The local holiday attraction displays Ernie Camuso’s holiday vision, which lives on through the committee’s determination to preserve it. The Livingston Pet Expo is an opportunity for the Camuso Holiday Decorations Committee to share their enthusiasm about the local treasure.

For further information about the Livingston Pet Expo contact Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter at 973-885-9796 or via email at friendsoflivingstonshelter@gmail.com.