Are you interested in a pet for your classroom? DCHS can help you with the process. Having a pet in your classroom teaches students many humane ethics such as empathy and respect for animals. Classroom critters also teach students responsibility and how to care for animals.
But before you bring a pet to your classroom there are a few things to consider.
- What is the purpose of this animal?
- What is the age and maturity level of your students?
- Could they handle and care for an animal?
- Is your class size and setup appropriate for an animal?
- Do any students have allergies or a fear of animals?
Before adopting an animal you must determine its diet, behavior, habitat, social needs, etc. You are also going to have to determine the yearly cost of owning the pet, including food, toys, treats, vet bills, housing, and cleaning supplies. Who will care for this animal on the weekends and holidays?
Students AND parents must be involved in this animals well-being. Remember that this animal requires a full time commitment! Please determine ahead of time how you will integrate this critter into your daily curriculum and routine. Before getting a classroom pet you must also seek approval from parents and your principal or district representative.
If you have done all of your homework and you think you are ready for a classroom pet, you can foster a pet from DCHS in your classroom. Teachers must fill out a DCHS foster application. DCHS has the right to make unannounced visits to the classroom to observe the animal. Teachers may also contact the Humane Educator at any time with any questions about the animal they might have. For more information, contact the DCHS Humane Educator at [email protected] or (608) 838-0413 ext. 115.