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PetSmart’s “Pets in the Classroom” Grants Make Lessons Crawl, Chirp & Swim

  PetSmart’s “Pets in the Classroom” Grants Make Lessons Crawl, Chirp & Swim

  Applications Now Accepted for Pre-Kindergarten Through 8th-Grade Teachers

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- September 10, 2013

Students can stand eye-to-eye with a bearded dragon or write about a hamster’s
habitat with help from a Pets in the Classroom grant from PetSmart^® (NASDAQ:
PETM), available now for the 2013 school year in the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico. Administered through the Pet Care Trust, the program helps
pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers cover most of the cost of a
classroom pet and start-up supplies.

Classroom pets are great for kids because they can be easy to care for and
demonstrate unique behavi ...

Classroom pets are great for kids because they can be easy to care for and
demonstrate unique behaviors that can get everyone excited about learning.
(Photo: Business Wire)

Grants are available to help with the introduction of a fish, guinea pig,
hamster, bearded dragon, leopard gecko, snake, fancy rat, parakeet or aquatic
turtle. Since 2011 PetSmart has provided more than 7,500 grants to teachers,
helping hundreds of thousands of students experience the hands-on learning and
fun of classroom pets.

“I recently introduced a corn snake to my class with help from a Pets in the
Classroom grant, and I've been thrilled with the excitement and engagement the
pet brings to my students,” said Meryl Davidson, a first-grade teacher at
Pinehurst Elementary School in Pinehurst, N.C. “Not only is a reptile a great
way to support learning around math, science and reading, but our snake also
encourages wonderful exploration and fun in the classroom.”

Classroom pets are great for kids because they can be easy to care for and
demonstrate unique behaviors that can get everyone excited about learning,
according to PetSmart. Additionally, pets can help teach important lessons and
support kids’ school performance. For example:

  *Pets help adults create a welcoming environment in the classroom and more
    easily relate with their students.
  *Bonding with a pet can give students a common ground with each other, and
    therefore encourage friendships and positive interactions.
  *Since kids often view pets as friends, classroom pets can encourage good
    behavior. For example, a teacher can tell students to use inside-voices
    because too much noise may scare the pet. In turn, students understand and
    respond.
  *Shy or struggling students may improve skills such as reading when the
    audience is a pet.

“The Pets in the Classroom program provides more teachers and students the
opportunity to experience the joys of a classroom pet and enriching learning
environments,” said Dr. Kemba Marshall, PetSmart veterinarian. “Fish, small
pets, reptiles, and birds can be easily integrated into a teacher’s curriculum
and provide valuable opportunities to demonstrate responsibility and kindness
in the classroom.”

Teachers can review information about caring for and choosing a pet at
www.mypetsmart.com/care-guides or by talking with a PetSmart store associate.

To apply or obtain more information about Pets in the Classroom grants, public
or private-school teachers should visit www.petsmart.com/teachers.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of
services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs
approximately 52,000 associates and operates more than 1,301 pet stores in the
United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 196 in-store PetSmart^®
PetsHotel^® dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider
of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). PetSmart
provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and
offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp^SM
day care services and pet adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption
partnership with PetSmart Charities^®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of
more than 5 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc.and PetSmart
Charities of Canada, Inc. (“PetSmart Charities”) are independent, nonprofit
organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake
through spay/neuter efforts. In 2012, nearly 450,000 dogs and cats found homes
through the organization'sadoption centersin all PetSmart stores
andbysponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charitiesis the leader
ingrantingmoneyto help pets in need, with more than $28 million given
in2012throughoutNorth America.

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Contact:

GolinHarris for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
dbickelmann@GolinHarris.com
or
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177
pr@ssg.petsmart.com
 
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