Young animal lovers can find out about super small animals in free pet workshops in Scarborough, to coincide with National Pet Month.
Until May 6, National Pet Month is sponsored by Pets at Home and aims to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership and the mutual benefits of living with pets.
Scarborough’s Pets at Home store in Seamer Road will be holding its Kids’ Holiday Pet Club workshops at 2pm every day until Sunday, April 14 using fun, interactive activities to educate the next generation of pet owners on how to care for animals responsibly.
The workshops will feature different animals each day, ranging from hamsters and rabbits and guinea pigs to reptiles.
Children attending the events will each receive an activity pack filled with the adventures of Pick n’ Mix - a gang of small animal characters who illustrate how to keep pets, such as hamsters, degus, gerbils and guinea pigs happy and healthy.
The store team will be on hand to share their knowledge, quizzing the children on pet care in a food challenge and helping the children to create crafty characters.
They will also get the chance to meet the ‘stars’ of the workshops, and can assist the pet advisors with feeding.
Store manager Michael Southwick said: “As well as being great fun, the workshops are designed to advise children on responsible pet ownership and showcase each animal’s unique welfare needs and dietary requirements before they consider becoming pet owners themselves.
“Young pet lovers in Scarborough will get an insight in to the level of care needed to ensure these types of pets live happy, healthy lives, as well as the workshops giving parents a fun activity to entertain their children during the school holidays!”
After completing the workshops, each child will receive a certificate and sticker, along with a pet promise card where they make their pledge to look after any pet they have according to the five welfare needs, covering habitat, health, wellbeing, diet and behaviour.
The pet workshops are free, no advance booking is required.