It’s May, which means summer is right around the corner! In the end of the school year rush, don’t wait to make arrangements for your classroom pet!
We at Pets in the Classroom recommend that the classroom pet stay with you, the teacher. Since you are the primary care giver and have taken care of the pet throughout the year, you know the pet’s needs best. When the pet is with you, you have assurance that your pet will be given the proper care and all its needs will be met. However, there are often situations in which it is not feasible for the teacher to take the pet home. Then it is up to you to find another person or family to care for the pet.
Whether it be a student, a relative, another teacher, or someone else who will be taking care of your pet, be sure to give the care giver adequate information about your pet. If you do not have a care log book, you may want to take time to write down information about your pet’s behaviors, food and water requirements, levels of interaction, and habitat. Include a detailed outline of the feeding and cleaning instructions, veterinarian information, and observations on behavior.
Remember, pets can be sensitive to changes in environment and routine. Try to be as consistent as possible in the care of your pet and not disrupt it too much by moving it from home to home throughout the summer. Hopefully you and your pet will have a fantastic summer and be reinvigorated for the 2015-2016 school year!