We’ve partnered with Pets at Home to launch a website which will help educate the next generation of pet owners on the importance of animal welfare.

Pets at home logo © Pets at home‘My Pet Pals Academy’ encourages children to care for animals responsibly and with respect. It is hoped that developing these attitudes at an early age will reduce incidences of pet abandonment and mistreatment in the future.

Working in partnership with us, Pets at Home’s My Pet Pals Academy will provide teaching resources for Key Stage 2 children, offering a variety of downloadable lesson plans.

The site also features an interactive quiz that educates children on the five welfare needs which consist of;

  • a safe place to live,
  • adequate food and water,
  • the ability to behave normally,
  • having the right company,
  • good health.

The quiz will also be available in the form of an app which can be downloaded from the Apple app store or Google Play and will be compatible with iPads and tablets.

Certificates, posters and puzzle sheets will also be available to download to help educate children.

Learn about the importance of responsible pet ownership

Scott Jefferson, marketing director at Pets at Home, said:

“With the help of the RSPCA, My Pet Pals Academy will help ensure that children, learn about the importance of responsible pet ownership from a young age so that the safety and welfare of future pets are secured.


“We believe that adding elements of pet care into the national curriculum will not only be a fun and exciting subject, but also an important lesson for children to learn.”

RSPCA head of education, David Allen said:

“Improving animal welfare through education is something the RSPCA places great importance on.


My Pet Pals Academy aims to help teachers pass on the knowledge of the five welfare needs of animals to children.


“We’re excited about the website in partnership with Pets at Home and hope it will lead to animal welfare being on our national curriculum.


“Many children will already have a family pet or will go on to become pet owners as adults and this is why it is so important to have an understanding of the welfare of animals from a young age.”

Find out more about My Pet Pals Academy or read more advice about how best to care for your pets.

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