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National Pet Month launches community initiative bringing together schools and local pet care organisations

National Pet Month launched on 01 April and with an initiative intending to forge community spirit and promote good pet care, the charity is calling on UK schools to team up with local pet charities, vet practices or pet care organisations to hold a fun, educational pet themed talk anytime from launch date to the end of the summer term.

All parents and teachers know the enthusiasm and engagement that animals can produce in children. Many school communities are enriched by this knowledge, introducing pets into schools in a number of imaginative and practical ways. Pet clubs, pet assemblies or pet days can help to nurture an understanding of life and the responsibilities of animal welfare in the individual child and the school as a whole. Pets can also provide a fun route into many curriculum areas, and these organisations are all geared up ready to help make this happen.

Vet Marc Abraham and project ambassador advises: “As a vet, I regularly attend local schools and give pet care talks to a wide range of age groups.  The benefits are clear; the children engage, have fun and learn about good pet care. I will certainly be arranging a school visit during National Pet Month and I encourage schools and local pet care professionals to team up and celebrate the nation’s love of pets whilst promoting responsible pet ownership.”   

With so much to gain, why not contact your local vet or welfare charity today to arrange for them to come along to your school.  We’ve already been talking to UK vets so they may be expecting your call! If you don’t have a local contact, why not visit www.peteducationresources.co.uk where you can link up with local charities, arrange school visits and access a wealth of pet themed lesson plans.  To support the initiative, National Pet Month has developed its very own lesson plan available at www.nationalpetmonth.co.uk.

Need more of an incentive to get on board? We are running a competition looking for the best school pet themed talk. All you have to do is tell us about your event, who you teamed up with, what you focused on and how the children engaged. For more information, please visit the National Pet Month website.

National Pet Month takes place from April 1 to May 5, 2014.

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS: National Pet Month is a registered charity number 1114880.

Trustees are the Petfood Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), the Pet Care Trust and NOAH (National Office of Animal Health).

National Pet Month’s Top 10 tips for responsible pet ownership

1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements.

2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained.

3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.

4. Provide suitable housing and bedding.

5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.

6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.

7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.

8. Groom your pet regularly.

9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.

10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.

 

CONTACT: For more information, photographs and to arrange interviews please contact Alison Bowie or Taz Thornton on 01406 380737 or email info@turquoisetiger.co.uk

 

 

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