Resources and Articles
Additional Links & Resources
The organizations and programs listed below provide additional resources for teachers using pets in their classrooms:
Pets in the Classroom Promotional Material
• Download the Pets in the Classroom Flyer to share in your community, pet stores and schools.
www.petfinder.com was created with the goal of finding a home for all adoptable pets and this certainly includes small furry, feathered and scaly ones. Before you adopt, check out their site:www.petfinder.com/before-pet-adoption for information on what kind of pet, size, etc. that will be the right fit for you and your students.
The Florida Aquarium
The American Federation of Aviculture
The American Federation of Aviculture, a nonprofit national organization that promotes the advancement of Aviculture through educational programs, has implemented courses to train aviculturists called “Fundamentals of Aviculture”. The introductory course provides information on anatomy and physiology, avian behavior, proper housing, preventing illness of birds in our care, and much more. Development for the Intermediate Aviculture Course, Fundamentals of Aviculture Level II, was made possible by a grant from Pet Care Trust, the foundation that created Pets in the Classroom.
There are alternatives to purchasing pets for your classroom. “Adoption” agencies are excellent places for finding that perfect classroom pet.
If you live in Strafford County, New Hampshire and are looking for a classroom pet, you should consider Cocheco Valley Humane Society’s Classroom Critter Program! The foster program provides temporary or permanent homes for small animals that are up for adoption at the shelter. As a classroom, teachers and students can provide a loving environment for a homeless animal until it is adopted.
In March 2012, the American Humane Association conducted a survey that speaks to the remarkable bond and loyalty between children and their pets. The survey gathered information from adults on the effect of losing a pet during childhood. Although many adults in this survey reported to still be affected by the loss of a childhood pet, support for aiding the child-pet relationship in families is often lacking. American Humane Association hopes that this survey will guide future efforts in creating healthier and happier families and communities. READ MORE