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Teachers for New Classroom Pets or Pet Maintenance

Pets in the Classroom Grant Program

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Pet Care Trust

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Grants of up to $125 and in-kind grants of pet store discounts to USA and Canada PreK-9 teachers to teach about responsible pet care and bonding with animals. Funding is intended to offset the costs of current pet maintenance or for the purchase of new pets for the classroom. Eligible pets include small mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and arachnids.

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.

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.

The Pet Care Trust, in partnership with 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) - You can use the SUSTAINING grant to purchase items such as food, bedding, or a larger habitat. You may also use the SUSTAINING grant to purchase another animal for your classroom (for example, if you need to replace your original pet or you want to purchase a new one.)

The Pets in the Classroom grant program encourages teachers to rescue or adopt a pet through a reputable source. The Program supports this through its Rebate and Sustaining grants. With a Rebate grant the teacher can purchase the habitat and supplies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160107

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 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)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

At this time, teachers in public or private schools from Pre-K to 9th grade level will qualify. School librarians are also eligible to apply. High School grades 10-12, Homeschools, Home Daycare Centers and Home-based preschools do not qualify at this time.

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you are eligible to apply:
- Are you a pre-K through 9th grade public or private school teacher in the US or Canada? (Pre-K begins at age 3)
- 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?

These grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experiments of any kind.

Dogs, cats and other larger house pets do not qualify. Other organisms that do not qualify include: Insects (butterflies, cockroaches, etc.), worm/composting projects, or livestock (such as chickens/egg incubators).

Effective 2021-22 school year, no rabbits may be purchased with a Small Animal Rebate Grant due to the RHDV2 Virus.

The Program will not accept receipts from a grocery store, superstore, or department store (such as Walmart, Target, Kmart, etc.)

Receipts from breeders (companies that sell only live animals) will not be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications for the 2021-2022 school year are accepted from August 1, 2021 until June 1, 2022.

Each teacher must complete their own application.

For the regular store coupon grants, you should receive an email notification within 2-3 weeks of when you apply. If approved, you should receive your coupons in the U.S. mail within 4 -6 weeks of when you apply. For the rebate and sustaining grants, you should receive an email with the grant certificate attached within 2-3 weeks of when you apply. During times of very high volume (August – October), it may take a little longer to get your coupons out to you.

You may only submit one application per school year. You may only create one account with us. Having multiple accounts may void any grants awarded.

If you meet the qualifications, you will receive a grant.

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, or if you’re thinking about adopting or rehoming a pet, 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.

Make sure that your desired animal is appropriate for your classroom before you apply, so you don’t get stuck having to switch to a different pet due to allergies or district regulations, which can cause significant delays.

You may only submit one application per school year. The Rebate grant and the regular Store Coupon grants (from Petco, Petsmart, etc.) are one-time-only grants. You may receive one of these grants the first year you apply. After that, you may apply for the Sustaining grant to help pay for your pet’s upkeep. You may apply for the Sustaining grant every year.

Grants are not transferable once awarded.

With a Rebate grant the teacher can purchase the habitat and supplies, and then submit receipts to The Pet Care Trust for reimbursement.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Choose the appropriate grant type and apply online:

If you do not hear any reply regarding your grant after 2-3 weeks, you may contact, tel:443-921-2825 X 120, or tel:443-921-2825 X 106.

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Phone: 443-921-2825 x 114 or 120

Pets in the Classroom
3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive
Suite H
Abingdon, MD 21009

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