Dalkeith Plus is following up their two successful “Touch” events with Touch a Pet this Saturday, July 13. Attendees are invited to touch, and learn about, animals ranging from bunnies to horses.

“The whole idea of our ‘Touch’ event series has been to bring the country to the city,” says Brenda Noble, Dalkeith Plus’s manager and Touch a Pet organizer. Even people living in the area aren’t always familiar with rural or farm activities, says Noble.

“This is a great opportunity for people to expand their knowledge,” says Noble. Dalkeith Plus, a member-run, independent library, regularly holds community events to broaden learning beyond the bookshelves.

Dalkeith Plus previously held Touch a Truck in 2017, an event that allowed people to touch, and sometime climb on, tractors, trucks, and farm equipment. Touch a Cow, in 2018, provided up-close encounters with farm animals including guinea fowl, goats, and cows.

Touch a Pet will focus on small animals, including domestic and farm animals. Like the other Touch events, Touch a Pet will include informative displays and talks, both on the grounds and inside the library.

“We’ll have displays featuring providers of pet-related services, and Friends of Feral Cats,” says Noble. “Presentations include an overview of the St John Ambulance pet therapy program, a talk by 4H, and an ice-cream making demonstration.”

Animals may include, depending on weather and temperament, a horse, donkey, bearded lizard, dog, and some bunnies and chickens, and more. Event-goers are asked to leave their own pets at home, to avoid disturbing the animals on display.

Touch a Pet is a family event and is free for everyone to attend. The event runs Saturday, July 13, from 1 to 4 pm. Dalkeith Plus is at 1835 County Road 23 in Dalkeith.