Rats from across the north will be descending on Belah, Carlisle on Saturday 16 July at St Mark’s church! But don’t be alarmed, these fancy rats have pedigrees and their eyes on winning prizes.
The Belah fancy rat show will be jointly hosted by the North of England Rat Society and the Scottish Rat Club, who between them have around 180 members.
Open to the public, there will be lots of interactive events on the day including a cuddle corner, where people can get up-close and personal with friendly rats. There’s also an agility competition where the rats are encouraged to complete an obstacle course.
Robert Cox, one of the club members who lives in Carlisle said: “Rats make fantastic pets; they are intelligent and sociable animals who enjoy being with people, and can form very close bonds with their owners.
“It’s much better to buy pet rats from a respected breeder than from a pet shop. These animals will have been handled from an early age and are well socialised, so you know that both they and their parents are friendly and healthy. Coming to a show is a great opportunity to meet rats and find out more about keeping them as pets.”
The show is open to the public from 11am. Rat owners who would like to bring their pets along or enter them in the competition must contact the show secretary before the show: firstname.lastname@example.org