If you’re coming to the Red River Ex to see animals, Discovery Place should be your first stop. There’s lots of animals and lots of things to EXperience here in Discovery Place.
Experts will be on hand to showcase sheep, llamas, goats and more. Be sure to stop by and see these animals up close and ask any questions you might have.
The Pet Centre
Join Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue for the perfect muttly mix of creative kids activities, face painting, contests and learning about adopting and training your new dog. And if you time it right, you’ll meet some of our adorable dogs up for adoption and enjoy some puppy snuggles!
Special events that took place:
Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue was founded in 2011 and is 100% volunteer run non-profit dog rescue based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are not breed specific and take in dogs from all over Manitoba who have been abandoned, abused or surrendered at no fault of their own. They are unique in that they have no facility for our dogs but rather rely on volunteer fosters who bring the dogs into their homes. Their team has grown to a dedicated team of almost 50 volunteer staff, another 50 casual volunteers and 60 to 80 active foster homes. Generous donations of time, love and money has helped them rescue over 1,200 dogs to date. They are Manitoba’s second largest dog rescue and strive to be a leader in Manitoba’s dog rescue network. Manitoba Mutts has recently launched a mobile spay and neuter pilot project in partnership with some of Manitoba’s first nations communities to address the over population of stray dogs.
Click here to find out more.
How many times do we hear “My dog hates going to the vet? What can we do to make the trip to the vet fun?” Veterinarians and their staff love animals and want to make the visit a pleasant, even fun experience. In order to do this, the dog needs to know some basic obedience and handling. Dr Keri Hudson Reykdal, with her faithful companions Pep and Siri, will talk about ways to help your dog have FUN at the vet clinic. Pep and Siri will help to demonstrate some of the basic things your dog needs to know before they go to the clinic. This 30 minute presentation will help you and your dog get the most out of your trip to the vet.
Dr. Keri Hudson Reykdal graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. For the past 13 years, she has been a mixed animal veterinarian in the small Interlake town of Ashern, Manitoba. In any given day, Dr. Keri may work on dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goats, cattle and occasionally wildlife. Recently, Dr. Hudson Reykdal acquired a mobile veterinary hospital that allows her to practice veterinary medicine in communities that have no veterinary services. As a mixed animal practitioner, Dr Keri’s interests are varied. She looks forward to getting out on the road with the new mobile hospital and helping dogs and cats that have no easy access to a veterinarian! In her spare time, Dr. Keri enjoys showing her quarter horses in reined cow horse competitions in Western Canada and the US. As well, she has two Australian Shepherds, Pep and Siri, which she shows in Obedience and Rally. Dr. Keri and Pep also are learning to herd cattle and sheep. Dr. Keri and her husband Calvin have a 500 head cattle ranch in the Interlake, so the dogs and horses come in handy!
Meet the Breeds
Join responsible purebred dog breeders and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in Discovery Place for the Meet the Breeds Event at the Red River Ex!
Stop by the CKC booth for some great information on the pros of purebred dogs and how to find a responsible purebred dog breeder. There will be purebred dogs on hand to meet and pat, and knowledgeable breeders to offer information about the dogs they know and love.
Participating breeds include:
St. Bernard, Samoyed, Whippet, Sheltand Sheepdog, Bichon Frise, Chihuahua, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Havanese, Irish Terrier, Bernese Mountain Dog, Finnish Lapphund, English Cocker Spaniel, Collie, Affenpinscher, Boxer, Mastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, Border Collie, Bedlington Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Pekingese, Papillon, Siberian Husky, Saluki, Labrador Retriever, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Norwich Terrier, Rottweiler, Standard Schnauzer, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Breeds will change throughout the 10-days, so check back often to see who is new!
Manitoba Cat Club Inc. was on hand during the Red River Ex. They are a local non-profit organization involved in the welfare and well being of purebred and household cats since 1962 and is affiliated with the American Cat Fanciers Association, founded in 1955.
As a club they strive to:
- Support SNIPP (Spay and Neuter Inner City Pet Program) which provides transportation of inner city pet cats to and from the Winnipeg Humane Society.
- Work in conjunction with Craig St Cats to provide support for feral cat colonies and to find homes for cats and kittens that are suitable for pets.
- Provide booth space at the annual cat show for cat shelters and cat welfare agencies.
- Donate to cat shelters and cat welfare agencies.
- Maintain a telephone hot line providing information for cat owners and those who have found abandoned or needy cats.
- Hold annual cat shows and promote interest in and knowledge of cats. Both Purebred and Mixed breed cats are eligible for showing.
- Cultivate friendship among, and promote the interest of the owners, fanciers and breeders of cats both in Canada and through our international affiliation over the world.
- Encourage breeding towards the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (ACFA) standards of perfection and to encourage the registration of cats both purebred and mixed breed (Household Pets) with ACFA.
- Hold mall exhibitions yearly to educate the public about breeds, spay and neuter programs etc.
Click here for more information on the Manitoba Cat Club.
Prairie Exotics provides interactive information and education on keeping exotic reptiles, amphibians and insects through shows and displays.
Be sure to come by, say hello and meet these exotic creatures up close.
Click here to see Prairie Exotics and the Red River Ex featured on Breakfast Television.
Representatives and animals from Wildlife Haven and Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will be on hand to show you how these two important organizations rescue and rehabilitate animals.
Seeing these majestic animals in person will amaze you.
The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS Manitoba) has been a champion of wilderness and parks in the province since 1991. CPAWS Manitoba ensures that the voice of conservation is heard on issues affecting our parks and wilderness areas. Visit them in Discovery Place during The EX. Click here to learn more now.