The Pet Care Trust is happy to announce the winners of its Pets in the Classroom grant program’s 2nd annual Habitat Contest. The contest, which ran through December 10th, asked teachers to submit pictures of their classroom pet’s habitat.  Two winners were chosen, one based on the entry that received the most votes, and one based on random selection.  The teacher whose entry received the most votes was Chase Nichols of Pray-Woodman Elementary School in Maize, Kansas whose entry, “Finn and Nemo the Fish” received 2871 Votes. The winner whose entry was chosen by random selection was Emily Whitman of Due West Elementary School in Dallas, Georgia with her entry, “Gus Gus the Guinea Pig.”


Both winners received a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
The Pets in the Classroom grant program was established by the Pet
Care Trust to assist teachers in obtaining or maintaining classroom pets. The  program provides grants to Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in both private and public schools for the purpose of teaching students responsible, long-term pet care at an early age. Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem.

For more information on the Pets in the Classroom grant program or the Habitat Contest, visit

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