PHOTOS: Becker College Hosts Booth at Pet Rock

Published on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

For the second consecutive year, Becker College participated in the 16th annual Pet Rock Festival. The Festival was held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center on Sunday, Sept. 7, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

The Pet Rock Festival featured an afternoon expo filled with live music, vendors, food, contests, and more than 200 animal organizations showcasing their causes. Students, faculty, and staff from the Becker College School of Animal Studies had their own booth filled with educational activities for pet owners.

Becker’s booth featured:
• CPR demonstrations performed by the students of the Pre-Veterinary Club
• A “Boo-Boo Clinic” to which children can bring their stuffed animals for minor repairs
• Becker’s version of “Mythbusters,” which will allay some common misconceptions about pets
• Raffle prizes and a “prize wheel” that participants can spin for a chance to win small prizes for their dog or cat

“We are excited to be back at Pet Rock this year,” said Richard French, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Animal Studies and Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College. “It is a great family-friendly event that helps raise awareness of important animal-related issues. At the Becker booth, we plan to help address some of these issues as well as have some fun.”

Proceeds from the Pet Rock festival are distributed to Massachusetts-based animal welfare organizations including shelters, cruelty watchdogs, and rescue leagues.