Fota Wildlife Park will be holding their fourth annual responsible pet ownership weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th April from 12pm- 5pm. The event is being run in association with the ISPCA, Donkey Sanctuary, Munster's lost and found pet helpline and Dog's Trust.
The weekend is based on encouraging both adults and children to be responsible pet owners and prevent animals needing emergency care. Lynda Mac Sweeney, head of education at the Park, speaks of the reputation the event has created, "Now more than ever these charities need our support. By raising awareness for their good works we can hope to reduce the pressure and demand for their services."
Fota Wildlife Park hopes that people of all ages will be able to learn about pets and what impact dangerous pets can have both on the animal and the family home.
Lynda added that, "With the growth of the importation of exotic species into Ireland in recent years, it this has led to some unsupported animals being let loose in the wild when they become too much to manage."
The event is aimed at raising awareness of good pet welfare and will be accompanied by educational talks from a top Red Mills nutritionist, speaking about how to give your animal a healthy diet to ensure they are able to fulfil a happy active life.
The education team at Fota Wildlife Park hope that with the success of events like this we can prevent unnecessary cruelty to animals. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Fota Wildlife Park and the free roaming animals, pets are regrettably not permitted at the park.