We want to remind you that we are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.  Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in both private and public schools who desire to introduce a pet into the classroom or already have a pet in the classroom are welcome to apply!

We know that, while they are a valuable teaching tool, many teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals.  Through our grant program, teachers have the option to obtain a pet through one of the program’s participating stores – Petco, Petsmart, Pet Supermarket, Pet Supplies Plus, Petland, and Petland Discounts – or to purchase their pet through a local pet store through a rebate grant.  Past grant recipients are not eligible to receive funding for a new classroom pet, but are welcoming to apply for the sustaining grant, which provides up to $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet. You can learn more about our grant options by visiting the Grant App page.

There are many benefits to having classroom pets.  According to several different studies as well as numerous teachers’ experiences, classroom pets provide a variety of benefits to students as they:  aid in improving school attendance, encourage nurturing, build self esteem, promote empathy, teach responsibility, stimulate learning, enrich the classroom experience, and become friends. But along with the benefits comes responsibility.  If you are considering getting a classroom pet for the first time, please visit our webpage “Is your class ready for a classroom pet?”

We have a goal of introducing 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms to pets and the benefits they provide through our grant program. It is our hope that these grants will help teachers positively impact future generations through the benefits of pet care.

For more information on classroom pets and our grant program, visit www.PetsintheClassroom.org

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