Pets in the Classroom Sees Phenomenal Growth
Grant requests are pouring into the Pet Care Trust offices for Pets in the Classroom (PIC) funding. PICprovides up to $150 per classroom for the purchase of small animals, birds, reptiles or fish, and products needed to keep them healthy and safe.
To date, the Trust has issued 791 Pets in the Classroom grants, totaling $101,250. With an average of 25 kids per classroom, the program has brought pets into the lives of 19,775 children! Some of these children may have no other regular contact with a pet except in their classroom. In many cases, it could be the beginning of a lifelong interest in pets and pet keeping.
The Pets in the Classroom program provides funding for a wide variety of pets, leaving it up to the teacher to select the pet that is most appropriate for her classroom. There have been a wide variety of funding requests, proving that many different species provide interesting classroom companions. PIC has funded the following classroom pet requests:
Small Animals (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits)— 284
To date, all funding for Pets in the Classroom has come from the Pet Care Trust endowment. As the program expands to reach more and more of the tens of thousands of elementary school classrooms across the country, we need direct financial support from the pet industry. You can support from one to one hundred classroom pets with your tax deductible contribution to the Pet Care Trust. Visit the Trust website today at www.petcaretrust.org.