The Pet Care Trust’s Pets in the Classroom program was selected as one of two non-profit organizations to receive funds raised at the annual SuperZoo pet retailers’ trade show held recently in Las Vegas, NV. The three-day industry trade show hosted more than 10,000 attendees, attracting exhibitors and attendees from around the world with unique trade show features such as SuperZoo University, new product awards and Rescue Roundup, which benefits local Las Vegas animal welfare organizations. Pets in the Classroom and the Canine Cancer Foundation were chosen as the recipients of over $13,000 raised at the first year charity event sponsored by the E.T. Horn Company.
Pet Care Trust board member Steve Segner expressed the appreciation of the Pet Care Trust for the generosity of SuperZoo attendees, “We are honored to have our program recognized as a deserving non-profit by the World Pet Association, and are appreciative of the generosity of all of the attendees who showed their support by donating at this wonderful event. These funds will allow the Pets in the Classroom to serve even more teachers and students nationwide, providing the educational and psychological benefits of having a classroom pet.”
The Pets in the Classroom program was established by the Pet Care Trust in 2009 to assist teachers in obtaining or maintaining classroom pets. The Pets in the Classroom program benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. 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.
The Pet Care Trust recognizes that teachers often have limited resources to enhance their classrooms and curriculum. Through a simple, online application process at www.petsintheclassroom.org teachers can become eligible to receive grants of $50 to support existing classroom pets, or $100-$150 to purchase or adopt a new pet and required equipment. The program has responded to over 1,000 teacher requests this year, and will continue to fund grants on an ongoing basis.
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program designed to help teachers (K-6th), in Canada and U.S.A. who would like a classroom pet, or to assist those who presently have animals, in obtaining supplies needed to care for the pet. Their program offers grants of up to $150.00 for the purchase of small animals such as fish, hamsters, birds, as well as supplies.