Learn­ing about cats and dogs

Kapi-Mana News - - SCHOOL HOLIDAYS -

It’s all about look­ing af­ter kit­tens and pup­pies these hol­i­days at Porirua’s An­i­mates Pet Store.

Last school hol­i­days lizards took cen­tre stage, but this time chil­dren can learn how to care for much cud­dlier, fluffier pets.

As­sis­tant man­ager Nikki Froom said chil­dren loved vis­it­ing the store at any time but es­pe­cially en­joyed com­ing for the school hol­i­day events.

‘‘We have face-paint­ing, crafts and a talk about car­ing for cats and dogs, kit­tens and pup­pies.

‘‘We keep the talk quite short and we’re hop­ing to have a kitten and maybe some pup­pies in store as well for the kids to meet.’’

Froom said An­i­mates had a great re­la­tion­ship with the SPCA and put their kit­tens up for adop­tion from the store.

‘‘We help with their masses of an­i­mals by pur­chas­ing them then adopt­ing them from the shop.’’

The best part about work­ing in a pet shop was talk­ing to cus­tomers about their own an­i­mals, she said.

‘‘I love it, you don’t get a lot of grumpy peo­ple, it’s all about their rab­bit, guinea pig and pup­pies.’’

She said the ses­sions were a great way to in­tro­duce kids to the skills they needed to be a nur­tur­ing par­ent and each child that at­tended would get a cer­tifi­cate to take home.

The ses­sions will take place at 11am on Septem­ber 29 and Oc­to­ber 6, no book­ings are re­quired, but An­i­mates rec­om­mend you get in early.

Since 2010, more than 10,000 an­i­mals have been adopted to An­i­mates cus­tomers and more than $300,000 has been raised for the SPCA through An­i­mates stores.

What's On

An­i­mates Porirua: 3 Paru­moana St, Porirua, school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties, learn all about cats and dogs, Sept 29, 11am, and Oct 6, 11am.

Ar­tra­geous: PatakaMu­seum, Paru­moana St, Porirua, school hol­i­day pro­gramme, Sept 26 till Sept 30, 8.30am to 5.15pm, ar­tra­geouskids.co.nz.

Kids The­atre: Pup­pet Shows & Work­shops, South­ern Cross Gar­den Bar Res­tau­rant, Abel Smith St, 2nd and 4th Satur­day each month, 11am.

Scene of Crime Of­fi­cer Work­shop: NewZealand Po­lice Mu­seum, Pa­pakowhai Rd, Porirua, footwear im­pres­sion ev­i­dence day, Sept 26 till Sept 29, 2pm till 3pm, $5, 042383141.

St John Emer­gency Ready: NewZealand Po­lice Mu­seum, Pa­pakowhai Rd, Porirua, Oct 7, 10.30am to 11.30am, book­ings es­sen­tial, 238 3141 or email mu­seum@po­lice.govt.nz.

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