Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. Racing side by side, one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish line where the next dog eagerly awaits. (Submitted photos)
Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. Racing side by side, one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish line where the next dog eagerly awaits. (Submitted photos)
The annual Humane Society Spring into Action Pet Expo and Fundraiser is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds.

This is a free event for the whole family. Lunch tickets will be sold in advance or at the event for a Chicken Q or Walnut Burger dinner.

In addition to the silent auction, bake sale, vendors, pet photography, pet adoption fair and educational booths, new this year is a Flyball Fun Match featuring the Dog Gone Devils Flyball Club from Cedar Rapids.

Flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. Racing side by side, one dog from each team must go over four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a ball and then return over all four hurdles to the start/finish line where the next dog eagerly awaits. Flyball encompasses all things that dogs love to do - jumping, catching, retrieving and competing. Flyball is a sport in which any dog can participate, regardless of breed, shape or size.

Another new aspect of the Pet Expo is the youth essay contest for kids kindergarten through high school. All essays will be on display at the event and three winners from each age category will be announced at noon May 11, and will receive cash prizes sponsored by Robert and Karen Palmersheim.

Event sponsors are Citizens Savings Bank, Spillville and Fort Atkinson, C US Bank -Ridgeway, Olsten Staffing Service - La Crosse, Wis., Tom and Tina Voss, Bob and Karen Palmersheim, Your Place - Decorah, Upper Iowa Training Club -- given in memory of many four legged friends -- and Kephart's Music Center Decorah.

HSNEI was founded in 1995 to improve the lives of abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted companion animals in Northeast Iowa. Serving a five-county area-Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek-HSNEI's rescue and adoption program provides temporary foster homes for unwanted and abandoned animals in private homes in the region. For more information on HSNEI and fostering visit hsnei.org or call 563-382-0550.