Be they dogs,
reptiles, cream-colored ponies or whiskered kittens, animals can
draw big crowds to exhibitor booths. But imposing some ground rules
for exhibitor wildlife is crucial. Debrah Schnackenberg, interim
vice president of Animal Protective Services for the Denver-based
American Humane Association, recommends 10 rules for exhibitors to
follow. Show organizers might choose to make such rules
preconditions for animal-toting exhibitors.
1. Choose an animal that is well
trained, comfortable with strangers and predictable when facing a
wide array of situations.
2. Be sure the animal is clean and well
3. Provide documentation that the
animal is healthy and current on all vaccinations.
4. Be sure to have ample supplies of
food and water on hand.
5. Establish an outside area where the
animal can relieve itself. Indoor messes must be cleaned up
6. Provide booth signage that clearly
announces the presence of the animal.
7. Be mindful of attendees who are
allergic or uncomfortable around certain animals.
8. Don’t allow the animal to wander
without supervision. All animals should have ID tags or microchips
in case of accidental breakouts.
9. Keep the animal away from dining and
10. Stay alert for possible signs of
stress. Even seasoned working dogs should be limited to two-hour