Contact with animals in public settings, such as petting zoos, fairs and other animal exhibits, provides opportunities for entertainment and education about animals. However many people get sick every year because of a visit to an animal exhibit. It is important to remember that animals sometimes carry germs that are harmful to humans.
Washington state regulations (WAC 246-100-192) have minimum requirements for those that offer public settings where animal contact is encouraged. These requirements can be found at the DOH Animal Venue Operator Requirements webpage. If you wish to hold a public animal exhibit please contact this office to discuss the layout of the exhibit, handwashing requirements and sign posting.