Children in Melton requested to enter Pets at Home’s ‘My Pet Pals Animal Alter Ego’ competition

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Young pet lovers in Melton are being encouraged to find their inner animal and get their creative juices flowing for a competition.

The town’s Pets at Home store is inviting crafty entrants to let their imaginations run wild by drawing or writing a story that illustrates what they would look like if they were an animal - with everything and anything being possible.

There are no creative limits so the entries are expected to dramatically increase the existing animal kingdom.

The five most creative animal alter egos from across the UK will be awarded with a bundle of pet goodies and treats, as well as a personal photo shoot.

Melton’s animal lovers can submit their entries at

The competition is part of Pets at Home’s annual My Pet Pals campaign which aims to educate children on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

Susan Dale, store manager at Pets at Home Melton Mowbray, said: “Children can have an incredible bond with their pets and love spending time together - but has your child ever wondered what they would look like if they were an animal?

“We want kids to channel their animal alter egos and get inventive. Would they be a football mad dog with rainbow fur and a top hat? Or a cool cat with roller skates and a penchant for pancakes? The sillier and more imaginative the better!

“We hope that young animal fans from the borough get involved, and we wish everyone the best of luck!”

The closing date for submitions is July 3 at 12noon.