Pets in Omaha’s 2018 Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days – Details, Sponsors

By on March 10, 2018

Event season is here for area pet businesses, shelters, rescues, and everyone else! A big event for all is Pets in Omaha’s Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days and, once again, it’s one of the summer’s premier pet events.

The fourth year of Pets in Omaha’s Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days will include much of what attendees are used to:

  • FREE admission
  • dozens of rescue groups and shelters
  • adoptable animals
  • over 100 pet-loving vendors
  • free parking
  • all indoor events


On July 14 and 15, 2018, join us at Ralston Arena for one of the area’s top pet events! This post will be updated as new details are announced- make sure to watch the Pets in Omaha Events Page, keep an eye out for posts about the show on Facebook, expect email updates if you’re a subscriber (if not, enter your address in the subscribe field atop our homepage), and watch for other promotion on TV, radio, and your favorite pet business’ social channels!

Find the Pick-a-Pooch Facebook Event page here.


Would you like to attend the event as a vendor or shelter/rescue group? Contact Lee Legenhausen via email at Thanks to the folks who have already sponsored the event (look for them at the show!):


Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center – Platinum Sponsor

Pets Earth – Platinum Sponsor

The Paw Spa Pet Resort – Platinum Sponsor

Dogtopia – Platinum Sponsor

Urgent Pet Care – Diamond Sponsor

Long Dog Fat Cat – Diamond Sponsor

Kangen Water of Omaha  – Diamond Sponsor

Green Spot – Diamond Sponsor

Come Sit Stay – Diamond Sponsor

Speed Pro – Diamond Sponsor

Renewal by Anderson – Gold Sponsor

Invisible Fence – Silver Sponsor

Linda Birge –Farmers Insurance – Silver Sponsor

Younique – Silver Sponsor

As of May 9, 2018, we’ve confirmed these rescue/shelter/educational groups will be in attendance.

Yappee Pack

Nebraska Dachshund Rescue

Golden Retriever Rescue In Nebraska

Bailing Out Benji

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

SNAFU Rescue

Little White Dog Rescue

Town & Country Humane Society

Nebraska Humane Society

Hands Hearts & Paws

Muddy Paws

Husker Weim Rescue, Inc.

Big Dogs Huge Paws 

Second Chance Pups 

Mid America Boston Terrier Rescue

Hearts United for Animals

Taysia Blue Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute Rescue

R.U.F.F. Rescue

Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland

Italian Greyhound Rescue of NE and IA


And thanks to these vendors, you’ll be able to shop while you check out the various humane organizations and adoptable animals!

Urgent Pet Care

Linda Birge –Farmers Insurance

Real Time Pain Relief

Leaf Filter

Nature Dog

Mary Kay


Traci’s Fun Creations

Senegence/ Lipsense

This & That AK

Ugly Mutts Pets

Young Living

A A  Windows N Doors

Plexus Worldwide

NRF Pathways-Life Vantage

Kangen Water of Omaha

Knots of Bows

Omaha World Herald

Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center

Mazzy Co


Green Spot 

Come Sit Stay

Dorwart Law

Restore Chiropractic

Thrasher, INC

2 paws 4 u

DogWatch of Omaha

Pawsitively Stunning Boutique

Heartland Mastershield


Absolute Security

Nebraska Dog Trainers



Raising Canes

Dharma Dog Training


Bark Avenue

Renewal by Andersen

B.A.D. Collars

Whats’s Buggin’ Ya Pest Control

Long Dog Fat Cat

Rescue Paws Apparel

Jumpers 4 You  (Bounce house)


Invisible Fence

Pets Earth

My Serenity Body Lotion


Edward Jones

Jean’s Glass Art

Cat Grooming by Jenny

CDE Animal Cages

Ralston Vet

Morgan’s Munchies

Woof & Whiskers

Speed Pro

Afloat Wellness

Loveland Family Chiropractic

3 Pug Designs

The Sola Company

Hiker Dog

Great Iowa Pet Expo

CBS Home Real Estate – The Beers Team

Elite Filtration

The Paw Spa Pet Resort

Omaha ATA Martial Arts


CostCo Wholesale

Funki Dori



Awaken Chiropractic


Meylor Chiropractic

Young Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center

Gigi’s Cupcakes

afloat: mind + body = wellness

Whisper in my Ear

Eat Fit Go

Krissy’s Pet Portraits


West Omaha Pet Wants

Catered Bowl

Pet Wand


Gray’s Raw Diet


Pet Food Drive benefiting local humane organizations

Each year at our Pick a Pooch Adoption Days event, we’ve got demonstrations, raffles, and more. Last year’s event featured a showing of the documentary Dog by Dog as part of our educational outreach. This year, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be collecting dog and cat food in what we hope becomes Omaha’s largest-ever pet food drive.

During the Pick a Pooch events on July 14/15, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm, we’ll have a POD moving container in front of Ralston Arena. Attendees are encouraged to bring any kind of cat or dog food to the event to place in the container. The food will be distributed to local shelter and rescue organizations as a way to lessen these humane organizations’ financial burden that comes with caring for displaces animals.

With the help of our sponsors (Broadmoor, Gary Kudym of State Farm, Linda Birge of Farmers Insurance, Zesto’s in Elkhorn, and Nature Dog), we aim to make this event not only a great opportunity for shelters and rescues to show off adoptable animals, but to be a source of relief for the humane groups that care for so many of our area’s homeless animals.

If you’re coming to the event (or if you’d like to just donate), bring any kind of dog or cat food to Ralston Arena, 73rd and Q Streets in Ralston, between 10 am and 4 pm, July 14 and 15. Our local shelter and rescue organizations thank you in advance!





Raffle Information

As part of the annual Pets in Omaha Pick a Pooch Adoption Days festivities, there’s a raffle. On top of meeting over 20 shelter and rescue organizations at our yearly event, you’ll find over 100 pet-loving vendors, demonstrations, and more this July 14/15, you’ll have a chance to win some great raffle prizes.

“Last year, we had many happy winners,” says Lee Legenhausen, founder of Pets in Omaha. “The raffle is fun and gives people a chance to win cool stuff, plus you’re helping the animals!”

The grand prize in 2018 is a shadow box containing a great image of the greatest basketball player in history, Michael Jordan. Oh- and there’s an autographed Air One Jordan shoe valued at $4,000! The item comes with a certificate of authenticity.

If you don’t happen to need an MJ sneaker, enter the raffle to win the following:

  • Two tickets to see Hall & Oates at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center
  • A 3-night stay in Las Vegas
  • A 5-night stay in Aculpoco

Raffle tickets are $5.00. Discounts are offered for multiple ticket purchases, too! Twenty bucks gets you five tickets,  $50.00 is good for 12 tickets and $100.00 gets you 25. Tickets can be purchased anytime between now and the end of the 2018 Pets in Omaha Pick a Pooch Adoption Days on July 14/15.

To purchase at the event, simply find our raffle table at the front entrance of Ralston Arena (7300 Q St., east entrance). If you’d like to buy before, call Lee at 402.639.5235, email him at, or send a Facebook message on Pets in Omaha’s Facebook page.


On top of all this great stuff to see and take in, we’ll have a number of speakers and demonstrations happening both Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a tentative outline to keep in mind:

Here’s a tentative schedule of events to follow while you visit this weekend!



Pets in Omaha / Pick-A-Pooch Event

Speaking Agenda

Ralston Arena ~ July 14 & 15, 2018

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.



11:00 a.m.       Pets in Omaha                                                           Lee Legenhausen

  • Welcome to Pick-A-Pooch



11:00 a.m.       Nebraska Humane Society                                      Pam Wiese
Vice President, Public Relations        

  • Cat-Astrophe:  Free and Discounted Kitties
  • Get Involved
  • Spotlight Events


11:30 a.m.       Dharma Dog Training                                              Kelley McAtee
Founder and Master Trainer

  • Alternative Training Options
  • Lowering Pet Return Rates / Why Dogs End Up in Shelters
  • Conversational Leash Work / Mental Health for Dogs – Demonstrations


12:00 p.m.      Bailing Out Benji                                                      Mindi Callison
Executive Director, Founder

  • How to Humanely Acquire a Pet                                            and Nebraska Team Leaders
  • Pet Stores and Puppy Mills

1:00 p.m.        Whisper In My Ear                                                    Cindy Downing
                                                                                                            Animal Communicator and

  • What is Your Pet Trying to Tell You?                                                 Evidential Medium
  • Demos and Mini Medium Reading


1:30 p.m.        Midlands Humane Society                                       Kori Nelson
Director of Development

  • History of Midlands Humane Society                                     and Marketing
  • Volunteer Program / Need for Fosters
  • Upcoming MHS Fall Events


2:00 p.m.        Dharma Dog Training                                              Kelley McAtee
Founder and Master Trainer

  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • How to Advocate for Your Dog in Public


2:30 p.m.        Bailing Out Benji                                                      Mindi Callison
Executive Director, Founder

  • History of Bailing Out Benji                                                     and Nebraska Team Leaders
  • Dog By Dog


*photo credit: Aubree Sweeney

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