pet center exhibit


MN Purebred Dog Breeders Association members volunteer to participate in the dog exhibit in the Pet Center during the 12 days of the State Fair.  All people who participate in the fair must be members of Mn Purebred Dog Breeders Association (MPDBA) and their dogs must meet the Breed Standard put forth from their National Breed Club.  Dogs must also be AKC registered.

Dog owners who have dogs that meet the Breed Standard and are AKC registered may apply for a membership with MPDBA.

Provided membership is approved, members can sign up to be part of the exhibit at the State Fair.

All dogs participating in the State Fair must be good with other dogs, children, men, women and handicapped individuals.  Dogs must be calm and non-reactive to noises, children crying and lot of hands trying to pet them all day long.  Dogs and owners must be able to participate for a full day, 12 hours or two 6 hour days.  All dogs must be up-to-date on all shots and owners will need to provide a Rabies certificate.  Owners must be knowledgeable about their dog and be able to answer many questions about their breed.

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The Pet Center features four-legged friends and the dogs are the main attraction of the Pet Center.  Different dog breeds are featured every day and can be seen inside the Pet Center from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Outside the Pet Center is an outdoor demonstration area that is home to action-packed canine agility presentations and other canine activities that run every day of the fair starting at 9 a.m.  For more details about the daily Pet Center activities, use the State Fair Fun Finder or view a daily schedule.


Visit fair website


State Fair liaison: Krista  Peterson

MEMBERS: to schedule benching or club demonstrations:



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disaster relief



Local AKC dog clubs and AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program spearheaded by AKC Reunite that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other natural or civil disasters, donated a life-saving pet disaster relief trailer, the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota, to officials at the Anoka County Emergency Management.


The trailers house and deliver essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carries, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner as well as bowls, collars and leashes. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.


The Anoka County Emergency Management supports not only the citizens of Anoka County but also the Twin Cities Metropolitan Region and the State of Minnesota. Their staff has supported numerous local, regional and statewide disaster activities including flooding, tornadoes, bridge collapses and fires.


The purchase of the trailer was made possible by $22,000

 in donations and grants from the Anoka County Minnesota Kennel Club, Greater Twin Cities Golden Retriever Club, Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club, Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association, Northstar Rottweiler Club, Samoyed Association of Minneapolis- St. Paul, Siberian Husky Club of the Twin Cities, Twin Cities Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.


Individuals, corporations and other interested parties can donate to trailer projects in local areas or across the country. Donations are tax deductible and accepted online. Approved organizations that raise a minimum of $1,000 will have their logo featured on the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer.


Learn more about how to get involved online with AKC Pet Disaster Relief or contact us at 919-816-3980 and

surrender prevention




People & Pets Together is one of the nation’s first surrender prevention programs. They offer assistance to families during economic hardships by providing pet food to food shelves, hosting subsidized vaccination clinics, working closely with veterinarians to offset client costs, and by opening Minnesota’s first fully dedicated pet food shelf and resource center.


People & Pets Together offer hope and an alternative to surrender. They support the relationships that people have with their pets. Caring for pets gives us purpose, and the love we give them is repaid tenfold. Pets  are family, and People & Pets Together helps families stay together.