…and while you enjoy the break from school, long sunny days and lots of time with your friends, please don’t forget about your pets – or the world’s animals.
There are plenty of places to go to see animals in England and Wales this summer holidays, for example…
· your local RSPCA animal or wildlife centre will almost certainly have an open day so why not pop along? Find your nearest centre here.
· Mallydams Wood in East Sussex has some brilliant woodland walks and its open day is 15 August.
But there are a few things to bear in mind during the summer…
Every year RSPCA inspectors and animal collection officers deal with dogs that collapse (and often die) from heatstroke. Never leave a dog in a car on a warm day (even if it’s cloudy). And cars aren’t the only danger, the same goes for caravans, conservatories and mobile homes.
Dogs chasing sheep is known as ‘sheep worrying’ and farmers are quite rightly annoyed when they witness it. In fact, farmers are legally allowed to shoot your dog if they believe the sheep are at risk of being attacked.
So please put your dog on a lead if you’re walking near or through a field with sheep, and keep your canine pal under control.
If you and your family are travelling overseas this summer, please don’t be tempted to go to dolphinaria (such as SeaWorld Orlando in Florida and Loro Parque in Tenerife), mammal theme parks, circuses or zoos. Many of these places house dolphins and often whales, sharks, turtles and other marine mammals that have been taken from the wild.
These majestic sea mammals are kept in areas far too small for them and trained to perform for crowds of people.
Whatever you get up to this summer, and wherever you go, have a brilliant time. Just remember to treat all animals with the love and respect they deserve.