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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a notice attributing an outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with pet bearded dragons. You can read the complete CDC notice at

Some of our retail partners have temporarily suspended sales of bearded dragons during the CDC’s investigation. If you are applying for a bearded dragon grant, please contact your local pet retailer in advance to see if they currently have the animals available.

Please note that anyone in contact with reptiles of any kind should take precautions against Salmonella transmission. This is especially true for children. The CDC has published recommendations for those in contact with pet reptiles on how to safely handle the animals to minimize the risk of disease transmission:

News for Pets in the Classroom

One of the goals of the Pet Care Trust is to help educate the public and members of the pet industry. Information related to the Pet Care Trust Research, Special Projects and Education Programs are sent to the pet industry journals, to species specific journals and newsletters, to hobby group newsletters and to veterinary medical related newsletters and journals.

If your companion animal publication would like to receive articles for review, please email the Pet Care Trust at and describe the focus of your program and publication, along with the contact person and email address.  Or you can follow our our Blog RSS feed.

Press Releases for the Pets in the Classroom Program:

PITC Accepting Grants for 2015-16 school year

PITC AHA Study Phase I Findings

PITC Receives Silver A Award

PITC Provides Exciting Opportunities for Student Engagement

PITC Launches CrowdFunding Campaign

PITC Aids CenClear Child Services in Enhancing Classrooms

Pet Care Trust Announces New President and Changes in Board

PITC Provides 50,000 Classrooms with Educational Grants

PITC Partners with Little Five Star to Promote Gator, Gator Book 

PITC Accepting Grants for 2014-15 school year

Pet Expo Fun Results in Donation to Teacher Grant Program

PITC Correlates to Increase in Pet Ownership

PITC Offers Cure to 2nd Semester Boredom through Classroom Pets

PITC Receives Money through AFPE

PITC Raises funds at AFPE WA

PITC New Board Members

PITC Expansion Pet Supermarket and Carolina Biological Supply

PITC Expands Program to 7 & 8th Grade

PITC Receives Money through AFPE

New Board Announced for Pet Care Trust

Pets in the Classroom Sees Exceptional Growth

Fish in Classroom Program

Big Boost for Pets in the Classroom

PITC Receives Donner Grant

Pets in the Classroom Grant Program Helps Students

Pet Care Trust – Rich Williams Announcement to Board of Directors

Pet Care Trust Receives Grant from HH Backer

Pets in the Classroom – 1 Million Kids

Pets in the Classroom Reaches Unexpected Heights

AFA Level II Course Support by Pet Care Trust

AFPE Efforts Raise Funds for PITC

Petsmart and Petco Teacher Grant Programs