ALERT: West Mifflin, PA
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West Mifflin has proposed an ordinance that seeks to ban most animals within the borough. Basically, the only animals exempted will be dogs, cats, birds (limit one), horses, and honey bees. Plus, all of those have number limits and restrictions. A Borough Council meeting will be held on June 18 at 6:30 PM.
1st LA Pet Fair! (volunteers needed) + USARK Board Meeting
HUGE+++!!! The Reptile Super Show was already bursting at the seams, and now it has expanded! There will be over 6 acres of reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and plants (some plants will be outside under a tent). That means three packed buildings with more outside. See map below.

The LA Pet Fair is about love and passion for pets and animals. The show will not only give you access to your favorite animals but also provide a wide variety of educational opportunities and a chance to check out the latest husbandry and care supplies.

The USARK benefit auction is right after the show on Saturday night at 7:00 in the convention center/Sonoma Ballroom next to the Sheraton Hotel (601 W McKinley Avenue) and LA Pet Fair. Please stick around and support our work to protect your freedom to have reptiles and amphibians as pets. The auction is FREE to attend, with hundreds of donations from $5 to $5,000, plus free appetizers and a cash bar. Everyone is welcome! We have one auction preview, which is an original painting from Gamini Ratnavira of Hidden Forest Art Gallery! See a photo below of this 24x36" oil on canvas titled "Galapagos Friendship," featuring marine iguanas with Sally Lightfoot crabs. Thank you, Gamini and Lisa!

USARK needs volunteers for this massive event. Just send an email to if you can help. We need the most help on Saturday to prepare for the Saturday night auction. Some assistance is also needed on Sunday. Volunteers are greatly appreciated! Thank you to all who can help.

All show details are on the website at


June 29: 10:00-6:00
June 29: USARK auction in the Sonoma Ballroom at the Conference Center next to the reptile building (open to the Public): room opens at 6:30 for preview and auction at 7:00 PM
June 30: 11:00-5:00

Pomona Fairplex
1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
USARK will hold a Board meeting at this show. USARK members and herpetoculturists are welcome to attend.
Board meeting details:
Thursday, June 27 at 5:00 PM PST
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel (room TBA)
601 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
International Herpetological Symposium
June 19-22: The first Symposium of Captive Propagation and Husbandry of Reptiles and Amphibians was held in June 1976. That evolved into what we know today as the International Herpetological Symposium (IHS). The 46th meeting of the IHS will be in Knoxville, Tennessee. The city is also home to Zoo Knoxville (IHS tour/banquet on June 21) and nearby herping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Each year, the IHS is held in a different location. Its purpose is to disseminate information and research about the natural history, conservation biology, captive management, and propagation of amphibians and reptiles. IHS also seeks to build a community open to everyone interested in reptiles and amphibians.

Register and hotel info:
Find A Vet
Need a good herp veterinarian? The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) can help. ARAV offers a free Find-A-Vet service at
USARK Shirts and Hats are Available Online
Our shop is open at simply click the "Shop" link in the menu on our website). We currently have two shirts and three hats available for sale.

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