Pet care specialist Pets at Home has confirmed that it is once again pausing the sale and adoption of rabbits at all of its 457 stores nationwide over the Easter weekend (7th – 10th April).  

The step has been taken to help put a stop to seasonal impulse purchases and adoptions driven by the celebrations. 

In addition, Pets at Home is also hosting a series of its free 30-minute My Pet Pals workshops over the school holidays to educate families on responsible ownership of small animals. 

Taking place in most stores across the country from Saturday 1st – Sunday 16th April, excluding Easter Sunday, children will have the chance to meet small furry friends and learn how to properly care for them. They’ll also enjoy a range of interactive activities including making a foraging box.  

All children that take part will receive an activity sheet to take away and a special My Pet Pals certificate for completing the workshop.    

Find your nearest My Pet Pals workshop and book your free space here. 


Karlien Heyrman, Head of Pets at Pets at Home, said: “We’ve paused the sale of rabbits over the Easter weekend for a number of years. It’s one important step we take to help play our part in reducing impulse decisions over the festive period and promote responsible pet ownership, along with hosting the My Pet Pals workshops. 

“There are many loving homes ready to welcome a pet into their family which is wonderful, but it’s also important that owners make an informed decision that is right both for them and their potential pet. Rabbits in particular can have more complex needs, including specific dietary and environment requirements, and our pet care advisors are trained to help owners understand these. We want to help as many pets into caring families as possible so the more we can do to help owners make the right choice for them, the better.”  

Between 1st – 10th April, Pets at Home customers can also donate as little as 50p to its Easter appeal in store and online, with money raised going to local charities and the Pets at Home Foundation 

If you need any further advice about caring for rabbits or other pets, please speak to a pet care advisor in a Pets at Home store or find more information online here. 


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About Pets at Home: 

Pets at Home is the UK’s leading pet care business that provides everything a pet owner needs to look after their pets, from food and accessories to veterinary care with Vets4Pets and grooming services at The Groom Room.  

 There are more than 450 Pets at Home stores across the UK. Log onto to find your nearest store and for further information.