See how pets and people are hardwired to be together and discover why life is better when shared with a pet. It starts with understanding and appreciating dogs and cats and their unique qualities, which inspire us to live life to the fullest and make every day, a BETTER day.
The journey starts when you arrive at the Purina Farms Visitor Center and identify yourself as a dog or cat person to receive your personal Pet ID card that can be scanned at stations throughout the exhibit space. Each card features a different dog and cat breed and each scan provides more insight into the dog or cat shown on your card from origin and personality to feeding and overall health.
Take a closer look at how dogs and cats experience the world to understand more deeply how to connect with them. Browse through a library of dog and cat breeds, compare your sensory abilities against pets and discover the biggest clues into pets emotional states. Celebrate dog and cat superlatives and notable accomplishments. Get a morphed photo for sharing of you and a dog or cat after answering questions to see what breed you are most like.
Improving Lives Through Nutrition and Innovation
Proper pet care requires a holistic, innovative approach that supports the pet’s whole body from end to end. Play a matching game pairing nutrients with the body systems they support. Examine life-like tongues of dogs and cats to better understand their food preferences and why taste AND texture are equally important. Place foam blocks together to form an image representing the innovative safety and quality standards Purina follows in the production of pet food. Find out how to help curb an epidemic that affects 50%+ of dogs and cats – obesity!
Pets help us socially, mentally and physically. Hear stories of how both pets and people experience improved moods, richer social interactions, increased activity and calmer dispositions. Draw a picture illustrating the special bond you share with a pet and drop it in the mailbox to be spotlighted within the exhibit space. Discover the important role assistance animals and service dogs play in the life of someone faced with physical or emotional difficulties as they help them achieve normalcy and independence. You can even pull on a rope attached to a cabinet simulating one way a service dog helps his owner.
Companionship & Responsibility
Everyone should have the privilege of owning a pet. Pet ownership is an extremely rewarding experience that requires a certain amount of responsibility in order to reap the full benefits. See a visual representation of the number of pets entering shelters and rescue groups each year and the steps to preventing the problem by fixing pets and properly identifying them. Use a scanner to scan a microchip and reunite a lost dog with his owner. Browse through adoptable pets on Petfinder.com and email yourself your perfect match. Type in a life lesson you’ve learned from a pet and see it displayed on a big screen for all to see. Stack pet food cans representing the millions of pounds of pet food Purina donates each year to pets in need. Join us in making a difference in the lives of pets by dropping your PET ID card in the donation bone at the end of the exhibit space to trigger a donation to the Petfinder Foundation*
Get a sneak peek of the exhibits.
* For every Pet ID Card returned to the drop box located at the end of the exhibit during the Promotion Period of July 14, 2016 – November 13, 2016, Purina will donate $0.01 to the Petfinder Foundation (the “Foundation”).