2017 Pets in Omaha Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days Preview

By on April 24, 2017

Pets in Omaha will host its Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days at Ralston Arena this summer! The event is on July 15 and 16, 2017, and will be held on the main floor and arena concourse at 7300 Q Streets from 11 am until 4 pm. This will be the fourth installment of the event and it is lining up to be the largest to date.

Along with rescue groups and shelter organizations that show off adoptable animals at the event, you’ll find all kinds of family fun, raffles, dozens of pet-loving vendors and much more. Admission, thanks to our corporate sponsors, is free. There are many raffle prizes (total value more than $9,000), but the highlights include an autographed Led Zeppelin guitar, tickets to see Paul McCartney, and tickets to see Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Two presentations will be made each day starting a 1:00 pm. Kelley McAtee of Dharma Dog Training will be presenting demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday, as will Cindy Downing of Whisper in My Ear. Dharma Dog Training will be offering a demonstration on Canine Communication which will cover canine body language, stress signals and how to understand, communicate and advocate for your dogs. Kelley will also be doing some demonstrations of her signature “communicative leashwork” that helps dogs understand their owners. Cindy Downing will be giving tips on how to make a smooth transition when adopting a rescue dog, she’ll be sharing some stories of animal communication, and she’ll share a few things animals have communicated to her about their humans and the need to understand and know them.  Finally, she’ll be giving a demo of a animal communication session. Cindy can do the demo from either a live animal or by looking at a photo of the animal.

You may bring your well-behaved dogs as long as they are on a non-retractable leash. Parking is free, many booths will have free items, and you’ll learn about many parts of our pet community!

Please know that shelters may be able to adopt an animal out on the days of the events, but rescues WILL NOT. The application process can start at the event and, as we’ve seen many times over the years, the Pets in Omaha Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days will serve as a platform to show off our animal advocates and introduce animals to their soon-to-be-forever families.

For more on the typical shelter adoption process, click here. And for the typical rescue process, click here.

Thanks to all our sponsors for the event; with their help, we’re able to host this giant get-together and admit all guests free.


Diamond Sponsors- The Green Spot, Come Sit Stay

Platinum Sponsors- Urgent Pet Care, Invisible Fence Brand, McKinnis Roofing, Plaza Buick GMC

Gold Sponsors- Renewal By Andersen, Bark Avenue, C41 Photography, Pets Earth, Domesti-Pups, Clearview Pet Care Center

Silver Sponsors- Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center, All About Dogs


If you’re coming to the 2017 Pick-a-Pooch event, here’s a glimpse into what you’ll find:


Rescues and Shelters

Muddy Paws

Little White Dog

Town and Country Humane Society

Nebraska Humane Society

Wag N Train Terrier Rescue

Big Dogs Huge Paws

Heartland Greyhound Rescue

Pug Partners

Mid-America Boston Terrier Rescue

Golden Retriever Rescue In Nebraska

Hearts United for Animals

Nebraska Dept. of Correctional Services

Big Red Rescue

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

R.U.F.F. Rescue

Nebraska Dachshund Rescue

Wonder Weims Rescue


Hands Hearts & Paws

Short Noses and Friends United Rescue

Great Plains Pointer Rescue

Taysia Blue Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute Rescue

Harley’s Dream

Nebraska No-Kill

Cat Nappin’ Respite and Sanctuary

The Nebraska Humane Society’s Yappy Pack

Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland


Pet-loving vendors


Bark Busters

AA Windows N Doors

Ralston Vet Clinic

Knots of Bows

Great Plains Home Safety, Inc.

Plaza Buick GMC

Legal Shield

Zurek Chiropractic

Restore Chiropractic Center


Leaf Filter

Love Yo Pup

Heartland MasterShield

Kangen Water of Omaha

Plexus Worldwide

Watkins Household Products

Jumpers 4 You

Renewal By Andersen

Cheri Andersen – Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate

Big O Art

Farmers Insurance

Jewelry by Andres

Growler USA

J&M Crafts

Hollow Creek- Frequency Technology Products

Nature Dog

Real Time Pain Relief


Renaissance Financial

Scentsy- Dawn Hansen

Bark Avenue

This and That AK


Crave Restaurant


Bark Avenue

AA Windows N Doors

Raising Cane’s

Awaken Chiropractic

Busting Bad Guys- Mark Langdon

McKinnis Roofing

Choice Pet Foods

The Green Spot

Paws To Angels

VK – Floral – Event Planner

BJ’s Country Crafts

Mike’s Scroll Saw

Tender & True Pet Nutrition

Dorwart Law

Urgent Pet Care

Cruise Planners – Valor Vacations

Marie ODJ

Fluffy Butt Pet Photography

Random Acts of Kindness in the Heartland

Northwest Feed an Grain

Great Iowa Pet Expo

Ralston Area Chamber

C41 Photography


Haack Shack Designs

Ugly Mutts Pets

The Balloon Brigade

It Works

Traci’s Fun Creations

Young Living

Complete Air Solutions

Pets Earth

Mazzy Co

Bailing Out Benji

Two Tails Dog Bakery

Kate’s Candles & More

Lipsense/ Senegense

Invisible Fence Brand


Creatively Jorja

State farm Insurance – Gary Kudym

Melaleuca – Aileen Boone

Omaha World Herald

Skilled Touch Health & Healing

Tuffy’s Pet Foods

Mary Kay


Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center

All About Cats

Bath Planet

Beer Paws


Pooch Pics


Dog Watch Hidden Fence

Dharma Dog Training

Papillion Windows & Siding

Jenny Craig

Come Sit Stay

MK Quality Products

Papillion Animal Hospital

Whisper in my Ear

Akridge & Akridge Chiropractic

Select Comfort Beds

Meylor Family Chiropractic

AA Windows N Doors

Plaza Buick GMC

Ralston Vet Clinic

Knots of Bows

Restore Chiropractic Center

Leaf Filter


Love Yo Pup

Heartland MasterShield

Kangen Water of Omaha

BuzzKill Mosquito Guard

A-1 United Heating, Air & Electrical


Long Dog Fat Cat

Kris Harsh – Edward Jones

Gretna Insurance Agency


The Paw Spa Pet Resort


Come to Ralston Arena from 11 am to 4 pm on July 15 and 16, 2017 for the Pets in Omaha Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days! You’ll find resources, the best pet product and service providers in the area, adoptable animals, prizes, and fun for everyone in the family! We’ll see you there!


About Eric Forrest

Eric is a pet lover, bookworm and dad. He's had 5 family dogs, 4 cats, a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health, and two ducks. Cats are his preference, but Eric loves all little critters.

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