Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Fortuna Pet Shoppe located at 650 11th Street is welcoming local students to come and learn about a variety of animals.

Owner Nancy Gilmore said, “It is a very educational and fun time for all. The students get to hold everything from creepy spiders to fuzzy bunnies.”

Many young classes have used the service and have enjoyed seeing the wide range of animals available to explore and purchase. This educational service by the Shoppe has been in place for free to schools and daycare providers for many years.

”We would just like to extend a warm invitation to local daycares and schools to come see our educational environment that has been located here on 11th street since 2006. We have over 25 years of experience with exotic animals and are proud members of the PIJAC, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, specializing in hand-raising birds,” said Gilmore.

Many parents consider pets for their children but are unsure what would be a good fit or how to care for them. Others wonder exactly what animals are out there to purchase and raise in their loving home. These field trips often provide the opportunity for children to learn about new animals and get a better understanding about how important it is to properly care for their pets.

Pets take a lot of work and require lots of love. Children often do not realize the extent of work they take and attending these field trips often gives them a better picture of what is the best fit with their level of ability.

Gilmore encourages everyone to come down and talk to them about your pet needs or ideas. They will help you find the right fit and animal friend for your home.

If you are a daycare provider, caregiver, or teacher and are interested in scheduling a field trip to the Fortuna Pet Shoppe, contact Nancy Gilmore at 725-3941 or email nancygilmore@aol.com.