Pets in the Classroom ~ Choosing a Reputable Pet Supply Retailer
When you receive your Pets in the Classroom grant, you have the choice of where to get your new classroom pet. There are a wide variety of retailers for small animals, birds, fish and pet supplies, and you will want to go to a reputable and knowledgeable retailer that can offer you expertise and advice on your new pet. Many areas have local organizations of pet fanciers that can point you in the right direction. A good pet store should be neat, clean and odor-free, and pets in the store should look healthy and well-cared for. Look for active animals with clear eyes and good coats or coloring. Never buy an animal you think is sick or because you feel sorry for it. There should be friendly and knowledgeable sales associates to help you make the best choice for your classroom, and answer questions you may have on caring for your new pet. There should be a good selection of food and supplies for the pet you are interested in.
Retail pet professionals should be honest in answering your questions about your classroom pet’s needs, instead of trying to sell you things you don’t need or that are inappropriate for the animal. They may recommend equipment or supplies that will be better for your pet, based on their knowledge of the latest products available. They should be able to recommend a local veterinarian who treats small animals, reptiles or birds, and will also recommend books that pertain to your pet. The retailer should be tremendous resources for teachers!
You’ll want to find a pet supply store that will be a good resource for you throughout the life of your classroom pet. Questions may arise after you’ve had the pet for a while, or as the pet grows and matures, and you’ll want to have a professional who can help you meet your classroom pet’s needs along the way.
For additional information on Pets in the Classroom grants, tips, and more visit www.petsintheclassroom.org