Giving Classroom Pets a “Forever” Home by Pets in the Classroom
At Pets in the Classroom, we recognize the fact that there are large numbers of unwanted pets in shelters and in the care of rescue groups across the country. Finding homes willing to adopt homeless pets is the desire of every rescue group; and although adoptions result in a happy life for some pets, that alone does not address the root of the problem. One of the most vital keys to dealing with the issue of homeless pets is education. As long as the attitude that “pets are disposable” exists, the number of discarded and unwanted pets will continue to grow, and shelters and rescue groups will struggle to place these pets in loving, “forever” homes.
Pets in the Classroom strongly encourages teachers to consider the lifelong needs of their classroom pets when selecting a pet for the classroom. Teachers should be prepared to care for their classroom pet year-round, and ensure that the pet is treated as a valued companion throughout its lifetime. Pet professionals can help teachers understand the lifespan and care requirements for various types of classroom pets, allowing teachers to make an educated choice for their particular classroom.
One of the greatest lessons that pets can teach children is that of responsibility, which is so vital to success in life. Children learn that the pet depends on their care; and with the teacher’s supervision, kids will develop consistent habits and understand the role of pets in our lives through their daily pet care responsibilities.
Pets in the Classroom is dedicated to helping teachers keep their commitment to their classroom pet by offering sustaining grants to teachers with existing classroom pets. With support from Pets in the Classroom, teachers can purchase food, supplies, and environments for their pets to keep them happy and healthy throughout their lifetime.