The National Pet Show returns to Birmingham in November

The National Pet Show is set to return to Birmingham’s NEC in November and is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

No in its fifth year, The National Pet Show is expected to welcome 25,000 visitors over the two days, which is said to be a pet heaven for animal lovers of all ages who can get up close and personal with them.

Sponsored by PDSA Pet Insurance, the event will host a number of  fascinating talks from experts, interactive demonstrations and animal displays.

Each day, The Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick will inspire young visitors at his specially build ‘Noel’s Ark’ and Autumnwatch TV presenter, Michaela Strachan will host SuperDogs Live – a fantastic live show celebrating the nation’s love of dogs.

With a focus this year on the rehoming of pets from rescue charities (last year 250,000 dogs and cats alone were taken in by them*) the show’s Animal Rescue Barn aims to ‘matchmaker’ as many animals and new owners as possible during the weekend.

Visitors will be able to meet Dogs with Jobs who are remarkable canines who work for a living and include, police dogs, who detect criminal evidence and sniff out explosives and drugs, and search and rescue dogs who locate people in dangerous situations or remote places.

Specially zoned ‘villages’ feature too: Dog Village showcases breeds from giants to miniature and smooth to shaggy and breeders are on hand to advise on their characteristics and how to look after them.

For feline fans there is ‘Cat Village’, where experts will show and share advice on a plethora of different breeds from the common to the exotic. Members of the public can enter their own puss into the National Pet Show’s Top Cats competition (in advance, via the website).

In the Small Furries Village, which stars rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and ore, visitors can behold The Secret Rabbit Garden. It will teach visitors what rabbits enjoy naturally: mounds, multiple tunnels and entrances, hollow logs, peep holes and more: utter bunny paradise

The fun-packed Kids Zone will be a magnet for children with an exciting new animal handling area where they can meet creatures great and small and learn all about their different needs and how to care for them.

In conjunction with numerous charity partners, the event promotes responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, and visitors are not permitted to bring their pets to the show.

For more information on the event you can visit www.thenationalpetshow.com. Tickets are available from here or by calling 0800 640 5001.