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Teacher's Guide to Classroom Pets

You may be eligible for a grant!

Classroom pets offer so many valuable learning opportunities. That’s why PetSmart partners with the Pets in the Classroom Program to offer grants for teachers.

A grant from Pets in the Classroom can help you get one of these pets at minimal cost:

  • Fish
  • Hamster, Guinea Pig, Fancy Rat
  • Bearded Dragon, Leopard Gecko, Snake
  • Parakeet

Grants are available to public and private school teachers in pre-K through 8th grade classes.

Coming Soon, August 2014

Select A Pet That's Best For You

Small Pets

Guinea Pigs may jump up and down quickly, in behavior known as "popcorning"

Guinea Pigs are very sensitive to loud noises, so keeping your voice low when you're with them is a good idea

Guinea Pigs need food and supplements with vitamin C, because they don't have this vitamin naturally

Learn more about Small Pets

Freshwater Fish

Goldfish can't close their eyes but can sleep with their eyes open

Goldfish have been kept as pets for more than 1,000 years, dating back to ancient China

Goldfish can see ultraviolet and infrared light

Learn more about Fish

Reptiles

Bearded Dragons come from Australia originally

Male Beardies bob their head quickly to show other dragons that they're dominant

If a Beardie waves his or her arms, it means "I don't want to fight you"

Learn more about Reptiles

Birds

Parakeets can learn up to roughly 300 words

If a parakeet throws up at you, it means she considers you a family member, because she's trying to feed you! (Tip: Don't accept the meal!)

Parakeets have four toes, two facing frontward and two facing backward

Learn more about Birds
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