Pets in the Classroom Grant – Having pets in the classroom serves various purposes. The pets can be a unique teaching material for the class or an interesting assignment (for example, presentation assignment that is focused on the pet). However, the most important aspect of having pets in the classroom is to encourage the students to be calm, teach them to be compassionate, responsible and have some empathy. As you know, empathy is a rare thing in many neighborhoods, which the lack of it arguably causes many behavioral problems. What’s more, there’ve been a lot of studies confirming the positive effect of pet’s involvement during class.
That being said, teachers usually find it hard to provide such great environment for the kids. As you know, most teachers have limited funds and having pets will only increase the expenses. These expenses are typically unsupported by the school management since the school budget is also quite limited. It is often that the teachers have to dig their own pocket to cover the cost of the food, the animal, the bedding, the aquariums, etc. Therefore, the existence of grants for pets in the classroom is important. This time around we’re going to tell you about several of them.
Available Sources for Pets in the Classroom Grant
While it is true that there’s no currently a government program that is aimed specifically to provide funding for pets in the classroom classes; there are other sources available, mostly from various organizations or even pet stores. Below are some of the example you can try:
Pets in the Classroom
The Pets in the Classroom program is provided by the Pet Care Trust, a nonprofit organization that has a good reputation in helping many classrooms across the United States. The main objective of this grant program is to allow children to interact with pets by providing financial aid for the teachers for the pets. Usually, pets in the classroom program support small animals.
Petco Store supports and acknowledges the importance of classroom pets by providing grants which purpose is to ensure the pets’ safety and welfare. They don’t allow the grant to be used for research or experiments. Typically there are several types of animals supported, including small animals, some snakes, and freshwater fish. More information about the grant can be found in the local Petco Pet Store available in your area. Teachers may renew the grant to support the current pet or buy a new pet.
Similar to the Petco grant for classroom pet, the PetSmart store is also providing grants that can help teachers to provide aquarium or pets in their classroom. Eligible classes are from Pre-K to 8th Grade classes. The grant can be used for purchasing a pet and/or providing care for them. You can try to obtain for their grants directly from their website. Eligible teachers approved for the program will be given coupons that can be used to purchase a live pet with a low price and prepare the habitat for the pet.
There are many other organizations and companies that can assist you with your search for funding for pets in the classroom project. If you need to find local organizations that may be able to help, simply do a google search with the keyword and the state/county you’re living in.