Pet rats take centre stage in Carlisle

Pet rats take centre stage in Carlisle

Don’t miss your chance to meet and learn about the most intelligent pocket pets in the country on Saturday 15th July at St Mark’s Church in Belah, Carlisle for an event dedicated to celebrating the pet rat.

With free entry, this is set to be a fun day out for all the family.

This is the second annual event to be held and will be jointly hosted by the North of England Rat Society and the Scottish Rat Club. Between them, these two clubs have over 250 adult and junior members. We are anticipating around 80 rats to be present, the friendliest of which will be on ‘cuddle corner’ duty, ready to get up close and personal with visiting humans!

Most of the rats attending, who come in more colours than you can imagine, will be eyeing each other up as they compete for the top show prizes.

Linda O’dell, one of the club members who lives and works in Carlisle is planning on entering her rats, Janice and Ella, in the show: “Our pets have been handled from an early age and are well socialised. It’s much better for both rats and their owners to buy them from a respected breeder than from a pet shop, so you know that both they and their parents are friendly and healthy.”

Jacob, 9, who will be co-running some of the interactive activities with his mum says: “I love rats because they are cuddly and friendly pets. My rats love to sit on my shoulder and watch TV with me and snuggle to sleep on my knee.

“I love to take them to shows so I can show them off. Everyone is friendly and I get to cuddle other rats. I learn how to look after them and find out how healthy my rats are. I like to help with the competitions too and make fun toys for my rats.”

The event is open to the public from 11.30am, with the day ending around 5pm. Rat owners who would like to bring their pets along or enter them in the judged show, must contact the show secretary by 12th July: showentries@neratsociety.co.uk