Pets in the Classroom Grant Program

Posted On: 08-01-2014

Summer is winding down and school is once again around the corner.  Whether your kids are excited for the start, or unenthusiastic about heading back to the classroom, we know of one way that can help make going back to school a little more fun: a classroom pet.

pets in the classroomAccording to our friends at the Pets in the Classroom grant program, Pets bring many new ways to learn,  tend to lessen tension in the classroom, and even helps improve school attendance!  We all know the value that having a pet can have in our own lives, and Pets in the Classroom is helping to bring that value to the classroom, and to many kids who don’t get to experience that value at home!

If you are a teacher, please consider getting a classroom pet. The Pets in the Classroom website, www.petsintheclassroom.org, has a wealth of information to help you, including help with funding. If you are not a teacher, but believe in the value of pets, let the teachers you know about the grant, or consider donating to the program and help put more pets in the classroom.

National Pet Fire Safety Day

Posted On: 07-15-2014

dog fire safetyToday is National Pet Fire Safety Day.  We all love our pets and want to keep them safe.  So here are some ideas on how to prevent fires, and how to be prepared for them.

Preventing Fires:

  • Never leave an open flame unattended.  Pets are curious creatures and can easily cause a fire to start if left alone with an open flame. Since candles can easily be knocked over, try investing in flameless candles instead.
  • Don’t let your pet be around the stove alone.  Even if a burner is not on, pets can bump or move the knobs, which can easily start a fire.  Keep your pets out of the kitchen or remove the knobs to keep your home, and pets, safe.
  • Glass water bowls on wooden decks can start fires.  We’ve all see the science experiment where you use a magnifying glass to start leaves or grass on fire.  Well, glass bowls can do the same thing.  Opt for a ceramic or stainless steel bowl instead.

Preparing for fires if away:

  • When you leave, keep your pets near an entrance with collars on.  That way, if there is a fire, they will be easy to find and rescue.
  • Put a Pet Alert cling in your front window with the number of pets you have inside your house.  This allows rescuers to know how many pets to look for.

Preparing for fires when at home:

  • Make a family disaster plan and include your pet.  Who will be responsible for each pet?
  • Remember where your pet hides when scared.  This may be where it will go if a fire breaks out.
  • Plan to take your pet’s carrier when evacuating.  This will keep your pet contained and somewhat comfortable in a scary situation.
  • Ask a friend or family member if they will care for your pet in case there is an emergency so that, if you become displaced from your home, your pet will have someplace to go.

We hope that these tips will keep you and your pet safe and fire free!