Do you believe in the value of pets and the positive impact they can have on children?
We are over halfway to our goal of helping 10 million students experience the joy of a companion animal at school.
Can you help us with the funding to reach our goal?
Having a pet in the classroom benefits children in so many ways. Classroom pets provide opportunities for learning, improve school attendance, help children learn important social skills and decrease anxiety. Caring for pets encourages nurturing and builds self-esteem. A recent survey indicates that a whopping 96 percent of teachers say that having a pet in the classroom is a positive experience. Are you willing to help make a difference in the lives of students?
A gift of any amount makes a difference:
|$100||… can introduce 1 classroom to the joys and benefits of having a classroom pet.|
|$250||… can help 5 classrooms support their existing classroom pets for one year.|
|$500||… can help 200 students bond with a classroom pet, enhancing their educational and social development.|
How Your Donations Help
“My students have been performing better academically as well as behavior wise. The pets help motivate my students to learn. When they are used in a lesson, my students are automatically interested in learning the material because it has to do with something they like.” Diana Albanez, Graham Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
“[Receiving a grant was] a phenomenal opportunity to bring a pet into our 7th grade science classroom. There were many opportunities throughout the year to reinforce responsible pet ownership. The students watched him grow and became a companion to many students. It was inspiring to watch the students, at first apprehensive, become much more understanding of the gentleness of a snake. It is absolutely beautiful.” Mr. Josh Langenberger, Howell Memorial Middle School, Freehold, NJ
My students come from very poor, rough neighborhoods and homes. When school first started six weeks ago, I had to write multiple referrals per day for violent acts. Since Ella the Guinea Pig came to share our classroom, I have not [had] any violent acts and the noise level has gone way down because they don’t want her to be frightened. They beg their families to let them bring a carrot stick from home or they ask me if they can save part of their lunch to share with her. The best part is watching the empathy they developed for Ella begin to transfer to their peers. Ella has done something in four weeks that I may or may not have been able to do all year.” Marie Roberts, Prime Prep Academy, Fort Worth, Texas