Petstravaganza April 29 in Urbana

Monday, March 20, 2006

URBANA - A fun, interactive opportunity for children to learn about animals and their pets will be April 29 when Petstravaganza debuts at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana.

"Anyone can attend this free event," said Amy Fischer, U of I Extension companion animal biology and humane education specialist. "Petstravaganza will feature family-friendly, interactive exhibits that appeal to kids aged 7 to 11, though there will be something for all ages. These exhibits will be hosted by student organizations and community groups."

Petstravaganza will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and U of I Extension, also hosting the event are the U of I Department of Animal Sciences, the Champaign County Humane Society, and the Companion Animal Resource and Education (CARE) Center.

Fischer said some of the exhibits that will be offered include ones about pet first aid, dog bite prevention, behavior modification, careers with animals, pet overpopulation, horse rescue, and humane education resources for teachers.

"Since some of the exhibits will feature live animals, we are asking visitors to please leave their own pets at home," said Fischer.


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