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Pets in the Classroom


Great resources for schools that allow pets/animals in classrooms.  From pet care to pet health to animal welfare and safety, it's all here!

American Humane Association
This web site has articles and teaching resources about what it means to be humane and showing compassion. Here are three resources:

CareFRESH Critter College  
This web site offers a free curriculum that teaches kids in grades 4-7 how to care for classroom pets like gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits. It has a complete lesson in a box with lesson plans, 30 student worksheets, and a video series. Includes some videos showing how to care for pets. (You must register to receive materials for your classroom.) See also Pets in the Classroom Links & Resources.
—Richard S, NEA discussion boards

Reach Every Child
This web site presents some things to consider before bringing a pet into your classroom and ways to care for an animal if you do bring one to school. 
On this web site, you can learn about pet care and pet health information. Articles range from grooming and hygiene, to pet meds, and they can help you understand your pet and its health care needs.