Fido, Fluffy, Rufus and Brownie all are expected to meet up Saturday when The Post and Courier holds its 2010 Lowcountry Paws & Claws Pet Expo.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Exchange Park in Ladson.

Pets are welcome on 4-foot -- not retractable -- leashes, and pet owners are reminded to clean up after their animals.

More than 2,300 people attended the inaugural event last year, bringing with them dogs, cats, guinea pigs, snakes, birds and even an iguana.

A similar array of furry and feathered and scaled friends is expected to attend this year, said event coordinator Joyce Neville.

"You never know what you're going to get," she said.

The event includes more than 65 booths operated by local pet-related businesses, including several local rescue groups that will bring along pets ready for adoption, and other nonprofit and for-profit businesses.

In addition, there will be pet races, demonstrations, presentations by veterinarians, a talent contest, a kids and pet look-alike contest, a mixed-breed dog show and more.

A low-cost microchip clinic will be available from noon till 3 p.m. The first 25 pets (one per family) will be microchipped for free. After that, the service will be $10 per pet.

Visitors to the event also can cast their votes for the 2011 Lowcountry Paws pet calendar at the Lowcountry Paws booth. More than 400 entries were narrowed to 24, whose photos will be on display at the Expo.

Voting also is available at contest.postandcourier.com until Monday. So far, more than 10,000 votes have been cast. The top 12 vote-getters will be featured in the calendar.

Parking and admission are free. The event will be held inside the exhibit hall.