LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter invites Livingston and surrounding communities to meet adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens while supporting local animal shelters and rescue groups during the second-annual Livingston Pet Expo, scheduled for Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Shoppes at the Livingston Circle, located at 277 Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston.

The “ADOPT-EDUCATE-RESCUE”-themed event is supported by Eastman Companies, the shopping center’s manager and developer; Healthy Community Healthy Youth Initiative of Livingston (HCHY), the parent organization of Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter; Livingston PBA Local 263; and Livingston UNICO. Admission and parking are free.

The first Livingston Pet Expo, held last fall, resulted in several pet adoptions and raised more than $1,000 for the Livingston Animal Shelter.

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“The pet expo last year was a great experience for everyone,” said Livingston Councilman Michael Silverman, who attended last year mayor. “I am thrilled that 11 puppies were adopted and can only hope that more will be this year. I am excited to visit this year and look forward to many years ahead as the event becomes an annual day in Livingston.”

This year’s event 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. Food items from local restaurants will be available for purchase and there will also be entertainment, 50/50 raffles and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Livingston Animal Shelter.

Area animal shelters and rescue groups are expected to participate, including Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter, Eleventh Hour Rescue, Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary, Seeing Eye Puppy Club of Essex County, Greyhound Friends of NJ, ESP Pets, Cans for Cats, Animal Protection League and many others. Local community groups will also be on hand to provide education and raise awareness.

“I hope that there’s more community support for it this year and that people spend some time there and become educated about pet-related issues and come out to support the local animal shelter, which is needing some repair,” said Livingston Board of Education Member Pamela Chirls, who is a regular at the Seeing Eye Institute. “It’s for a good cause and if it’s a nice day, it’s a nice way to spend the day.”

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. For more information about the Livingston Pet Expo call (973) 885-9796 or e-mail friendsoflivingstonshelter@gmail.com.