Ever heard of 'Small Pet Rodent Awareness Week'? It's a week just for our little pet friends like hamsters, gerbils, and rats. In this article, we'll explore what this week is all about, how you can join in the fun, and where to find great stuff for your pet.
What is Small Pet Rodent Awareness Week (SPRAW)?
Small Pet Rodent Awareness Week, often shortened to SPRAW, is a national awareness week that was created to raise awareness for small pet rodents. The week is ‘dedicated to improving the health and welfare of our smaller pet rodents (hamsters, rats, gerbils, mice, chinchillas and degus) across the UK’.
What is SPRAW's mission?
The mission behind the week is “to improve the lives of small rodents by raising awareness of what it takes to keep your small pet rodents happy and healthy.”
Who are SPRAW partnered with?
SPRAW consists of a “collaboration of UK animal rescue and welfare organisations who care passionately about the welfare of our smaller pet rodents and want to raise awareness of their needs.” Here is a handy table that outlines all of the partners associated with SPRAW.
What do SPRAW class as small rodents?
The animals that SPRAW classes as small rodents, thus qualifying them for the awareness week, are as follows:
What are the objectives of Small Pet Rodent Awareness Week?
According to their official website, SPRAW has a number of objectives that they aim to achieve, including:
Provide a one-stop-shop for the public to find out how to care for their pets
Positively influence Government policy to improve welfare standards
Promote the 'adopt don't shop' ethos and provide information about reputable rescue organisations
Provide small animal rescue organisations with a consistent and trusted information source
What is the SPRAW campaign for 2023?
Each year, Small Pet Rodent Awareness Week has a different campaign that they focus on and 2023 is no different. The focus of SPRAW this year is “Delicious Diets” with the tagline being “Find out how to create delicious healthy diets for your small pet rodents.”
Do SPRAW provide further resources for small pet rodent care advice?
Yes! One of the really useful things that SPRAW does is provide plenty of resources and further reading for anyone that is interested. Their resources and reading section on their website contains information for all of the small pet rodents listed above.
Is there an Instagram page for Small Pet Rodent Awareness Week?
It is easy to get in touch with SPRAW if you have an enquiry about anything to do with the awareness week. As mentioned, they have an Instagram page, an X/Twitter page and a Facebook page. They also have contact information on their website and a form to fill in if you wish to get in touch..
Which food products are available for small pet rodents at UK Pets?
If you are the owner of a small pet rodent, you may be wondering where you can get food products for your pet online. At UK Pets, we have a number of different food products for pets of all shapes and sizes. Including: