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Pets in the Classroom Sees Phenomenal Growth

Press Release   •   Sep 21, 2010 12:49 EDT

Grant requests are pouring into the Pet Care Trust offices for Pets in the Classroom (PIC) funding. PIC provides up to $150 per classroom for the purchase of small animals, birds, reptiles or fish, and products needed to keep them healthy and safe.

To date, the Trust has issued 791 Pets in the Classroom grants, totaling $101,250. With an average of 25 kids per classroom, the program has brought pets into the lives of 19,775 children! Some of these children may have no other regular contact with a pet except in their classroom. In many cases, it could be the beginning of a lifelong interest in pets and pet keeping.

The Pets in the Classroom program provides funding for a wide variety of pets, leaving it up to the teacher to select the pet that is most appropriate for her classroom. There have been a wide variety of funding requests, proving that many different species provide interesting classroom companions. PIC has funded the following classroom pet requests:

Aquariums— 313
Reptiles/Amphibians— 148
Small Animals (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits)— 284
Birds— 46

To date, all funding for Pets in the Classroom has come from the Pet Care Trust endowment. As the program expands to reach more and more of the tens of thousands of elementary school classrooms across the country, we need direct financial support from the pet industry. You can support from one to one hundred classroom pets with your tax deductible contribution to the Pet Care Trust. Visit the Trust website today at

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. Our program offers grants of up to $150.00 for the purchase of small animals such as fish, hamsters, birds, as well as supplies. Classroom pets stimulate learning, and enrich the classroom experience, apply for your grant today!