CHILDREN will be able to read to charity dog Alfie as part of a wide range of pet-related activities at this year’s LovePets Show.
The popular event takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October at indoor EXEC venue at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, just off the A1.
Alfie is already familiar to a number of local schools in the region during his work with the Pets As Therapy charity.
Maureen Hennis, chief executive of Pets As Therapy, said: “Our volunteers have been taking dogs and cats to visit elderly and poorly people since 1983, and in the past couple of years we have developed the Reading To Dogs scheme.
“This encourages children who are reluctant readers to read a book aloud to a dog, and gain confidence as they do.
“Children love having a P.A.T. dog come in to their school to listen to them, and this boosts their enjoyment of reading as they pick out books that they think the dog might like.”
Through its Charity Zone, Mars Petcare will give visitors to the LovePets Show the chance to find out about volunteers and volunteering opportunities, and discovering the touching stories they have to tell.
Angie Phillips from Mars Petcare, said: “Pets As Therapy and the animals charity Wood Green are just two of the organisations that Mars Petcare supports and will be meeting people at the show to demonstrate the important and very different roles they play in finding caring homes for animals, and helping people of all ages benefit from contact with a pet.
“There are lots of exciting activities planned in the Charity Zone: Pets As Therapy will have space for children to sit and read to one of their P.A.T. dogs, while Wood Green will be offering toy-making, children’s face painting, rehoming cute toy pups through their micro chipping game, as well as giving special talks about rabbits and ferrets in the Presentation Arena.
“There will also be a rehoming wall at the show, where visitors can pick up information about pets looking for loving homes.”
LovePets, hosted by TV vet Marc Abraham, features Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Pippa Langhorne and her opera-singing pup, the world’s loudest-purring cat, dog behaviour experts Jez Rose and Karen Wild, plus a menagerie of magnificent animals including birds of prey, Siberian huskies, Shetland ponies – and Ptolemy the giant tortoise.
Throughout the weekend there will be amazing displays of animal obedience, agility and cuteness, plus stands and stalls offering goodies from top pet stores and suppliers from across the UK.
All visitors will receive a book of vouchers on entry to the show, giving them great offers, discounts and freebies at stands within the exhibition.
Tickets booked at www.lovepetsshow.co.uk before Thursday 27th October offer a substantial saving, with online family tickets (two adults and three children) just £12, or £18 on the gate.
Parking for the pet exhibition is free. Nominated animal welfare charities will receive 10 per cent of ticket sales.