CHILDREN from Upton-upon-Severn Primary School have been learning all about caring for pets at Malvern’s newest pet store.
Twenty pupils met the store’s small animals and fish before being treated to a series of exclusive pet care workshops from the store’s expert team.
The workshops were organised after Eze Jonathan, a pupil at the primary school, won a competition run by the store to find Malvern’s most responsible junior pet owner.
Judges were impressed by Eze’s caring approach and responsibility towards looking after his Gecko, Zen.
Eze was gifted £100 in Pets at Home vouchers to share as part of his prize.
All colleagues at the new look store receive extensive training on pet care and pet knowledge which is endorsed by City & Guilds, providing a stamp of approval that demonstrates the value of its training.
The children learnt all about the five welfare needs of animals, including what pets eat, where they sleep and their healthcare needs.
Julie Willis, headteacher at Upton-upon-Seven Primary School, said: “We’re really grateful to Pets at Home colleagues for inviting us to be the first school to visit the new store.
“The children had a fantastic time learning all about the animals and finding out more about the different needs of different pets.”
Store manager Simon Hughes added: “It’s important that the pet owners of tomorrow learn how to look after animals responsibly, and gain an insight into the level of care needed to ensure these types of pets live happy, healthy lives.”