There's nothing like having warm, furry, tail-wagging bodies around to remind people in the petfood industry exactly why they do what they do -- and Petfood Forum obliges by having more dogs (and even a cat or two) show up at each year's conference. Starting with puppies in the booth for Trouw Nutrition in 2011, the canine presence escalated in 2012 with Trouw and other exhibitors featuring furry ambassadors in addition to dogs from two local animal rescue organizations stopping by for the first full day.

To drive home the message by keynote speaker Betsy Banks Saul, founder of online pet adoption portal Petfinder.com, of how petfood companies can work with local animal groups, Petfood Forum invited two organizations affiliated with Petfinder.com to visit with animals available for adoption. The Hinsdale Humane Society brought dogs, puppies and a couple cats, and Foster2Home brought dogs that its members were fostering to prepare them for adoption. Their visit was sponsored by Trouw Nutrition.

You can see photos of the some of the pets on this page (also click on More Images at top) or watch a video of the dogs here.

Petfood Forum 2013, scheduled for April 15-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, will also feature pets. Stay tuned for more information in the new year!