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Paws & Claws Pet Expo at Aiken SPCA a doggone good time

January 27, 2019 GMT

The first ever Paws & Claws Pet Expo on Saturday was a tail-wagging good time.

The event, hosted by the Aiken Standard, took over the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare grounds Saturday. Each admission fee collected – $1 per person – was donated to the center.

The expo featured educational demonstrations; a handful of vendors, pet- and not pet-related; a pet beauty pageant, costumes encouraged; and a whirlwind of four-legged friends.

Before noon, more than 100 people had stopped by, according to Diane Daniell, the Aiken Standard’s sales and special projects manager.

Amanda Israel, representing Keller Williams Realty, was one of the vendors at the pet expo. She described the event as a “really, really good hit.”

“I’ve had a blast,” Israel said, swiping through pictures of dogs on her phone. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Billy Hawley, the owner of SouthPoint Roofing & Construction, was another vendor at the expo.

“I’m a huge fan of what the SPCA does,” Hawley said, standing next to a colossal jar of dog treats and a smaller box of Milk-Bones. “It’s a cause I really want to help support.”

The winner of the pet beauty pageant was Apollo, a 10-week-old Australian shepherd miniature. Apollo’s owner, Victoria Moore, was happily surprised with the newest credential.

Gizmo, a 10-month-old Boston terrier, was named most unique.

“He’s ready to get the treats,” Dalton Harrell, Gizmo’s owner, said.

Bob Harrell, who came with Dalton, said he enjoyed the pet expo and everything on offer.

“They did it up nice,” Bob Harrell said, standing alongside Gizmo. “I’ll definitely be back.”