About us

Critters Interactive is a small business based in Leyland & primarily covering the North West Region although some events will be undertaken further afield.  Offering a range of exotic & native animals for any occasion or event, mutually selected to provide a unique & memorable experience.

Creating bespoke animal encounter packages for all tastes, all ages & all at competitive rates.

Several other services are offered too & the list is never exhaustive:

Addressing the educational aspects of introducing people of all ages to exotic animals, often for the first time.
Supporting other exotic hobbyists or those planning on embarking in the hobby.
Engaging local schools & organisations in conservation activities.                                                                                                                            Administrating various Facebook pages to compliment & support this hobby.

 

Important Information

Hygiene is very important whenever animals are handled – hand sanitising gel will be provided for use before & after handling, however we will also appreciate it if hands are clean before handling any of our animals.

The welfare of all animals attending events will always be my priority – animals may become distressed due to excessive noise levels or other conditions. Parents will remain responsible for their children’s behaviour during shows and parties. Excessive alcohol consumption also does not mix well with animal handling likewise you cannot enjoy a disco & an animal encounter simultaneously ! Please plan your events sensibly.

It is important for the enjoyment of all people and animals at events that any instructions on safe handling are followed.  It is preferable that all domestic pets are not present for encounter parties.  Any event terminated prematurely due to the actions of others present will be charged at the full rate.

Animals provided for parties and handling experiences at shows will be considered suited to the event. However, as with all animals there can be no absolute guarantee that their behaviour will remain predictable.  An ongoing risk assessment of an event may result in an animal being withdrawn from being handled.

Please note that the majority of animals ’employed’ by Critters Interactive are actually my pets, I do not & will not warehouse animals to simply pick one of many as needed for an event. As such their welfare, health & happiness are my paramount concerns during every event worked & it is planned that this will never be compromised by your own enjoyment & appreciation of these creatures during your individual encounter.

 

Animal Rescue & Re-homing

Many of the animals I work with are either rescued or re-homed. I am happy to assist with anyone wishing to re-home an animal & will also board animals on a temporary basis until suitable homes can be found.

 

Animal Boarding

As a long term exotic animal hobbyist I am aware at how impractical & expensive boarding arrangements can be with options being limited to a small selection of pet shops. I am able to offer boarding to most types of animal on an individual basis for both long & short term rates.

 

Animal Recapture

I am happy to be contacted in the event of the escape of an exotic animal & can where practical assist in the safe & humane recapture of most species. I am also the Regional Co-ordinator for BeastWatch UK & as such am able to access a network of like-minded people who can often assist in these matters.

 

Background

Mike Potts of Critters Interactive has worked with exotic animals for over forty years, he is a long term member & Conservation Officer for the North West Reptile Club, who are active locally in promoting the best standards of captive care & responsible captive breeding of exotic animals. He runs the conservation section of the club’s Facebook sister-site Grass Snake Conservation North West & is still looking for these elusive creatures in Lancashire despite them being considered locally extinct.

He is also the Regional Co-ordinator & Secretary of BeastWatch UK. which as well as documenting sightings of animals which really should not exist but which may just be ‘out of place’ undertakes to recapture escaped exotic animals usually responsible for these sightings.

More recently he has become co-owner & director of The Unconventional Menagerie – Exotic Pet Shop & Education Centre based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent – which in addition to being the largest exotic pet emporium in Staffordshire provides many services & educational opportunities to the local community, as well as being the new home of the Staffordshire Exotics Society.

30 years psychiatric nursing experience
DBS Enhanced Cert No. 001477682555
Performing Animals License (Lancashire County Council)
Public Indemnity Insurance (£5M)