Children to learn at summer pet workshops

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Children will once again have the opportunity to learn how to care for pets responsibly by taking part in a series of free pet workshops this summer.

Pets at Home is launching its Kids’ Holiday Pet Club for the fifth consecutive year. Specially designed to educate children on responsible pet ownership in a fun, friendly and interactive environment, the workshops will take place at the Milton Keynes store throughout the summer holidays.

Participating children will be able to interact with a wide variety of popular pets and will get friendly support from highly-trained, knowledgeable Pets at Home colleagues, most of whom are experienced pet owners themselves.

Store manager Kerrie Beckett said: “We want to share our expertise with as many local children as possible, to ensure that pets live happy, healthy lives.

“Our ‘Furry Friends’ workshops will teach them how to best look after a variety of small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats or gerbils. The ‘Scales and Fins’ workshops will focus on reptiles, fish and wildlife.

“At Pets at Home, 92 per cent of us own a pet so we can empathise with the everyday joys and challenges being a pet owner brings. We’re encouraging children to come armed with lots of questions, which we’ll happily answer.

“We’ll also share some very useful and practical tips to help them become good pet owners.”

Workshops will take place at the store at least three times a week and will last approximately 30 minutes. To find out when the workshops will be contact the Milton Keynes team using The Store Locator

Children taking part in the Kids’ Holiday Pet Club will receive a free activity book, which includes puzzles and activities as well as stickers and a certificate after the workshop.

Pets at Home colleagues will also be on hand to answer any questions parents or children may have about the best diet for their pet, while qualified in-store experts can dispense leading licensed flea and worming treatments. Free weight checks for dogs will also be available.

Kerrie Beckett said: “As always, our Kids’ Holiday Pet Club is free to attend and I’m sure they will be as popular as ever.”