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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.

 

Petfinder

Petfinder

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Pets Add Life

 

 

 

Calling all creative kids! Every year, American Pet Products Association (APPA) accepts poems for its annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest. Students in grades 3rd-8th are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and then post it online or mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. For more information and contest dates, visit www.PetsAddLife.org.[/one_half]

The Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium

 

 

 

Florida Aquarium The Florida Aquarium has created FIC-Complete-Curriculum developed for the Fish in the Classroom Outreach Program, based on Sunshine State Standards and the requirements of classroom aquarium care. Lesson topics include setting up an aquarium, water testing, fish observations, and experiments. The Fish in the Classroom lessons focus on: Increasing student knowledge of water chemistry, fish biology, and aquarium care; Preparing students to care for live animals in an aquarium; and skills such as reading, recording observations, graphing, building models, and critical thinking.

The American Federation of Aviculture

American Federation of Aviculture Inc.

 

 

 

 

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