MEET Alfie - one of the PAT dogs from the charity Pets As Therapy who children will be able to read to at the LovePets Show on October 29 and 30 at the Showground in Peterborough.
It will be a fantastic weekend for the special team that helps pupils in schools, and visits patients in local hospitals, hospices and care homes. Pets As Therapy will be a popular part of the Mars Petcare Charity Zone at the LovePets Show, which is a great-value family day out for people passionate about their pets.
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.”
Through its Charity Zone, Mars Petcare will give visitors to the LovePets Show the chance to find out about volunteers and volunteering opportunities.
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.
“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 PAT 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.
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.
There will be displays of animal obedience, agility and cuteness, plus stands and stalls offering goodies from top pet stores and suppliers.
LovePets is sponsored by Mars Petcare, Zoflora, Welcome Cottages, Direct Line Insurance, Your Dog, and Your Cat Magazine. The event takes place at the indoor EXEC venue at the East of England Showground.
Although visitors can’t bring their own pets into the venue, there will be plenty of animals inside wanting their attention. Tickets booked at www.lovepetsshow.co.uk before Thursday October 27 offer a substantial saving, with online family tickets (two adults and three children) £12, or £18 on the gate.