No rabbits sold at Lisburn pet store

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Pets at Home is set to stop selling rabbits at its Lisburn store this Easter in a bid to highlight the number of unwanted rabbits that are left homeless each year.

Each year, customer interest in rabbits increases at Easter. To make sure families are fully aware of the specific needs of rabbits, Pets at Home is holding free small furry workshops at its Lisburn store over the Easter holidays.

My Pet Pals Easter activity club will be held throughout the holidays where fun, interactive activities will educate the next generation of pet owners on how to care for animals responsibly.

The store team will be on hand to share their knowledge, quizzing the children on pet care and their welfare needs - shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment.

The workshops will help families to make an informed decision about the long term commitment and responsibilities that come with pet ownership.

Daryl Gorman, store manager at Pets at Home Lisburn, said: “We pride ourselves on putting pets before profit, so we’ve decided not to sell rabbits over the Easter weekend to reduce the number of healthy rabbits left homeless as a result of an impulse purchase.

“Young pet lovers in Lisburn can attend our fun workshops to get an insight into the level of care needed to ensure these types of pets live happy, healthy lives. They also give parents a fun activity to entertain their children during the holidays.”

After completing the workshops, each child will receive a certificate and sticker, and a pet promise card where they make a pledge to look after any pet they have according to the five welfare needs, covering habitat, health, wellbeing, diet and behaviour.

Pets at Home Lisburn will stop selling rabbits from 9am on Good Friday, 25 March until close of business on Monday 28 March.

To book your place on My Pet Pals Activity Club visit the petsathome.com/workshops or contact your store team.