Teachers! Here’s How to Get a Free Pet for Your Classroom
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Teachers! Want to add a new friend to your classroom?
Pets in the Classroom is once again taking applications for the 2023 – 2024 school year! This amazing grant program provides teachers with financial support to purchase and maintain small animals in their classrooms!
Note that this is not a first come first-served program – ALL teachers who qualify for the Pets in the Classroom program will receive a grant!
The program does ask that you carefully consider what type of pet you want for your classroom as well as district guidelines and even suggests that you have your students vote on what type of animal they would prefer.
The Pets in the Classroom grant can be applied for every school year; however, if you have previously received the grant, you will only be eligible for a sustaining grant to help provide for the classroom pet you have already purchased. If you no longer have the original pet, you can also use the sustaining grant to purchase a new pet and supplies.
Teachers, Pre-K through 9th grade, in both public and private schools are eligible to apply for the grants! Head here to learn more about the program.
Note that virtual schools, homeschools, and daycares currently do not qualify for this program.
See what other teachers had to say about this awesome program…
I did this 6 years ago and got an aquarium for my classroom. Every year since I have gotten the sustaining grant and it has been enough that I have never paid a penny out of pocket for our class pets. (This is not the case with all animals that you could choose because some are just more expensive to upkeep.) This is seriously the easiest grant I have ever applied for as a teacher and all of my students have loved it!
I did this last year and my students loved it. Take a look at the different stores and their coupons before deciding what to do. Petco gave a coupon for a free enclosure and 50% off the pet whereas Petsmart gave 50% off the enclosure and a free pet.
I walked out of Petco with a $200 cage, supplies and pet for just $32 out of pocket!
I did this last year and have a beta fish in my classroom. My students LOVE it! So easy to apply and get your pet from the store.