Cedar Valley Humane Society adopts free class pets for teachers

Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:54 PM CDT
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Teachers looking for a classroom pet can adopt one for free from the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Starting Monday, Cedar Valley is adopting guinea pigs and rabbits for no charge. It’s open to teachers from any school that will allow the pet in their classroom.

“We’re hoping to get some of these guinea pigs and rabbits into classrooms to be classroom pets,“ Preston Moore said. He is the community outreach director for the society. “We believe that having a pet in the classroom kind of reduces a great deal of stress for students. But it also, I think this is the bigger benefit, it teaches students to be compassionate toward animals. It teaches them a little responsibility on how to care for them.”

Moore said all of the pets were rescued from a Vinton home in January.

“Obviously, we took in a huge amount of animals, and so we are looking at all sorts of different ways to get these animals into new, permanent homes. We’ve adopted out quite a few of the rabbits and guinea pigs. All of the birds were adopted really quickly. We obviously just have more guinea pigs than anything,” Moore said.

The special runs through March 24. Teachers need to bring their school I-D, and a letter of permission from their school. They will also have to go through the typical application process, and be willing to care for the pet during school breaks.