THE BLUE Cross is offering free talks to Bromsgrove schools and youth groups to educate children about pet welfare from an early age in a bid to eradicate neglect and animal cruelty, writes Rebecca Perry.
The talks aim to encourage responsible pet ownership by focusing on the Five Welfare Needs which include suitable diet, environment, enrichment and companionship.
Chris Packham, the charity’s education ambassador, appears in videos to complement lesson plans for primary and secondary schools – Key Stages one, two and three – about pet welfare needs and responsible dog ownership.
Chris said: “I feel strongly that being able to engage children in the classroom can have a huge impact for the future and how they will safeguard and protect pets and other species.
“I was glad to be able to record these films for Blue Cross and hope our messages can help more pets through education.”
Kerry Taylor, The Blue Cross’ education manager, said: “Sadly, pets suffer if their owners don’t know about the five welfare needs and ensure they meet these for their individual pet.
“For example, poor housing and the wrong diet for small animals like rabbits and hamsters can have devastating consequences.”
To book a free school talk or to find out more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/education, or call 03001118950.