Pets in the Classroom Program Awarded $5,000 Petco Foundation Grant to Support Pets in the Classroom Program

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The Pet Care Trust today announced that it has been selected by the Petco Foundation to receive a grant of $5,000 for its Pets in the Classroom Program, providing classroom pets to approximately 40 elementary and middle school classrooms, impacting around 2,000 children.

We are delighted that they have chosen to support the Pets in the Classroom program and our efforts to introduce children to the joys of pets in the school environment.

The grant from the Petco Foundation will help the Pet Care Trust reach its goal of introducing 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms to pets and the benefits of the human-animal bond. The Pets in the Classroom program provides teachers with direct, no-hassle grants for the purchase of classroom pets and pet supplies.

Pet Care Trust Executive Director Steven King expressed appreciation for the funding from the Petco Foundation. The Petco Foundation is a highly respected organization that does wonderful work on behalf of pets,” he said.“We are delighted that they have chosen to support the Pets in the Classroom program and our efforts to introduce children to the joys of pets in the school environment.”

The Pets in the Classroom program benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self esteem.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 9,500 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.

In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit
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About the Pet Care Trust

The Pet Care Trust is a non-profit, charitable, public foundation that is instrumental in the sponsorship of programs supporting companion animal welfare and the benefits of owning companion pets as well as the development of educational programs demonstrating the importance of responsible companion animal ownership. Through the Pets in the Classroom program, the Pet Care Trust awards grants to teachers to support pets in a learning environment.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation

Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,200 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, including more than 50 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $110 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.

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