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
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/18/13 --  
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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(R) (NASDAQ:PETM), available now for the 2013 school year in
the Canada, United States 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.  
Since 2012, PetSmart Canada has provided more than 50 grants to
teachers, helping over 2,500 students experience the hands-on
learning and fun of classroom pets. 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.  
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

--  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
Teachers can review information about caring for and choosing a pet
at or by talking with a PetSmart store
To apply or obtain more information about Pets in the Classroom
grants, public or private-school teachers should visit  
About PetSmart Canada(R) 
In Canada, PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM) is the largest specialty pet
retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets,
which employees approximately 29,000 associates and operates over 81
pet stores across Canada, 7 in-store PetSmart(R) PetsHotel(R) dog and
cat boarding facilities and is a leading provider of pet supplies and
pet care information ( 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(R) of Canada, PetSmart
has helped save the lives of more than 145,000 pets since 1999.
PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. ("PetSmart Charities") is an
independent, nonprofit organization that saves the lives of homeless
pets and reduces shelter intake through spay/neuter efforts.  
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