Pets (junior)

Where can I find facts and information about pet animals?

Entry last updated: 13/01/21


Pets are animals that people keep for company and enjoyment. There are many different types of pet animals, and it's important to know how to care for them.

Types of pets

Here are some of the most common pets:

Dogs: Domestic (tamed) dogs are kept as companions or to work on farms.

Cats: Cats have been kept as pets for around 4,000 years.

Rabbits: Pet rabbits can be shy but can easily become tame and affectionate.

Fish: Some fish are easy to keep healthy but others can be hard.

Birds: Birds are pretty but need a lot of care to be kept healthy.

General websites

These are some great websites to start learning about pets and how to care for them.


This is a great website for all kinds of information, including pets. It has some really cool pictures and facts about animals and pets.

  • Search for 'pets'.
  • Look down the page to see all the stories eg Pet care.
Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Britannica Primary

Britannica Primary is one of the EPIC resources and it has lots of good information about pets.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

SPCA New Zealand

SPCA New Zealand is a charity for helping sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned animals.

  • Go to Advice & welfare then Pets.
  • Select a type of pet from the list on the left side of the page to find articles about common pets like cats, dogs and rabbits.
Tips: Remember to check the About or Contact pages to find out more about the organisation behind this website.


There are lots of books about different types of pets and how to care for them - check out your local public or school library to see what they have.

Some recommended titles:

SCIS no: 1845098

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