Shops help Scouts gain animal badge

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PETS at Home stores in Northamptonshire are offering local Beaver and Cub Scout groups free workshops to help members gain their animal care badge.

Children in the area who attend the workshops at the Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough stores will receive advice from trained in-store advisors on how to care for pets responsibly in order to achieve part of their set badge criteria.

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 care 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.

A Pets at Home spokesman said: “Our in-store pet advisers are always happy to share their extensive knowledge of animal care.”