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Pets in the Classroom Receives Grant From PetSmart Charities

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There have been numerous studies on how pets make our lives better, including their effect on our health, stress levels, and social life. Considering the positive impact animals generally have on us, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that scientific research confirms that classroom pets are a good influence on children as well. The Trust’s Pets in the Classroom grant program brings those many benefits to both public and private schools across the nation.

This program offers grants to pre-kindergarten through ninth-grade teachers for the purpose of purchasing pets and providing them with the best care. Some of the critters that are eligible for this program include rabbits, parrots, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, goldfish, and various reptilians, such as snakes, leopard gecko, or the bearded dragon.

Introducing an animal in a classroom environment can help teach valuable life lessons to students and encourage their interest in school subjects. After all, who wouldn’t think school is better when you have a pet to keep you company? “Pets enhance our lives in many ways, and we believe this can continue into the classroom,” says Sima Thakkar, Regional Relationship Manager at PetSmart Charities.

According to Steve King, Executive Director of the Pet Care Trust, the $25,000 grant means that 250 more teachers will get the chance to receive funds for purchasing a classroom pet, as well as everything that’s needed for the pet’s maintenance. This number of newly available grants roughly translates into 10,000 students whose lives will be changed by an opportunity to meet, care for and connect with an animal within their school environment.

If you are a teacher or know one, don’t hesitate to apply. Choosing a classroom pet can be a great group activity, where the kids can have a say in which pet they’ll get to care for. For more information about the grant program and instruction on applying, visit Pets in The Classroom website.


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