FREE, interactive workshops on how to care for small animals will take place at Pets at Home throughout the Easter holidays.

'My Pet Pals' teaches children how to care for small animals, such as guinea pigs, gerbils and rabbits.

Taking place in the store between April 6 and 28 children will learn how to interact with the animals safety, alongside the responsibilities of owning a small pet.

The workshops are aimed at children between the ages of five and 11, and will be hosted by the Pets at Home pet care advisors.

Store manager for the IW store, Darrell Wallace said: "The workshops demonstrate how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them, making sure parents and kids understand pet welfare and responsible pet ownership.

"It’s a great way of learning how to keep small furries happy and healthy during a fun and hands-on experience."

The workshops will cover five key welfare needs — shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment. Each workshop lasts 30 minutes and is free to attend.

All children attending the workshop will receive an activity book, pet stickers and colour sheets.

Bookings can be made online.

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