Pet care workshops for scouts

A CRAMLINGTON business is offering local beaver and cub scout groups free workshops to help them gain their animal care badge.

Children who attend the workshops at the Manor Walks Pets at Home store will receive advice from trained in-store advisors on how to care for pets responsibly on how to care for pets responsibly in order to achieve part of their set badge criteria.

For further information on booking a free workshop contact the store.

To obtain their Animal Friend Badge, Beaver Scouts will learn how to care for small animals and fish along with the correct type and quantities of food to feed them. They will also find out the right habitats for small animals, where they sleep and how to ensure they get the appropriate level of exercise.

To help gain their Animal Carer Badge, Cub Scouts will find out, in the in-store aquatic centre, about different types of freshwater or tropical fish and what food they eat. Cubs will also learn the correct foods that small animals need to keep healthy and how to recognise common illnesses.

Store manager Colin Dale at Pets at Home said: “Our in-store pet advisers are always happy to share their extensive knowledge of animal care. The free workshops will help local Beavers and Cub Scouts find out all the information they need to achieve some of their badge activity tasks, teaching them how to care for pets responsibly and everything that’s involved in looking after pets.”

Examples of suitable animals for the badge include dogs, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, fish, birds and rabbits.

Simon Carter assistant director at The Scout Association said: “Having a trusted place that our leaders can go to that helps our Cub and Beaver Scouts learn about the correct way to care of animals is of real value to our leaders. This support from Pets at Home really helps make the life of our volunteers that bit easier.”