How To Get Financial Help For A Pet In The Classroom

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Classroom Grant Program

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. You may apply any time between August 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019. Before you apply, make sure you know your school district’s regulations as to which pets are allowed in the classroom. If you have any questions about the grant program, please use the contact button at the top of this page.

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

Do You Qualify?

  • Are you a pre-K through 9th grade public or private school teacher in the US or Canada?
  • Is this your first time applying for a Pets in the Classroom grant this school year?
  • Are you aware that if you’ve previously received a store or rebate grant, you are now ONLY eligible for the Sustaining Grant?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you are eligible to apply.

Please note that our grants are NOT first-come, first served. If you meet the qualifications, you will receive a grant. Many teachers mistakenly think they have a better chance of receiving a grant if they apply early; however, they sometimes end up having to switch their grant to a different animal because of allergies, etc. that they were not aware of.  It’s best to wait until you are sure that the animal is the right fit for the classroom before you apply. Teachers often like to involve their students in the decision-making process as well, having students research and then vote on the best animal for their classroom. This is a great team-building project and helps foster a sense of ownership.

You Must Review and Agree to All Terms Before Applying for a Grant.

Terms & Conditions

When filling out grant application, please use FULL School name. School districts and abbreviations will not be accepted and the application will be cancelled.

  1. You may only submit ONE APPLICATION per school year. Teachers who apply for more than one grant in a school year may be disqualified from the program.
  2. Teachers who have previously received a Pets in the Classroom grant are only eligible to apply for the Sustaining Grant.  
  3. Pets in the Classroom grants are offered to Pre-Kindergarten through 9th grade classes only in both public and private schools.  High School grades 10-12, Homeschools, Home Daycare Centers and Home-based preschools do not qualify at this time.
  4. These grants are intended to support pets or aquariums in the classroom for the purposes of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets responsibly. The welfare of the small animals involved is of paramount importance. These grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experiments of any kind.
  5. Only small animals that reside in the classroom are eligible for this program. Dogs, cats and other larger house pets do not qualify. Science projects such as caterpillars/butterflies, worms/composting and chicken egg hatching projects are not considered pets in the classroom and do not qualify for this program. No animals classified as livestock will qualify.
  6. Grant approval is at the sole discretion of the Pet Care Trust.
  7. We cannot accept expired certificates or coupons.
  8. Grants are not transferable.

How to Apply

The Pet Care Trust, in partnership with our industry retailers and pet product suppliers, offers three different types of Pets in the Classroom grants:

  • Store Grants (choose one of 6 participating retailers)
  • Rebate grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)
  • Sustaining ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

Before deciding which grant to choose from, review our ”Is Your Class Ready for a Pet in the Classroom?” article.

Then, carefully consider

  1. What TYPE of classroom pet you are seeking?
  2. WHERE  do you like to shop for your pet supplies?

The grants offered by our retail partners are limited to the animal types listed in the grant description. If you are seeking a classroom pet not listed on one of the retailer grants, or if you choose to shop at a different pet store other than one listed, you can choose the Pets in the Classroom Rebate grant. This is a rebate program that allows the teacher to make purchases then submit receipts for reimbursement.

Thanks to my guest Steve King with Pets in the Classroom...find out more here: https://www.petsintheclassroom.org/

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