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Petmate Recognized as Pet Care Trust Crystal Apple Sponsor to Benefit Pets in the Classroom

By Pet Age Staff//March 5, 2024//

Petmate Recognized as Pet Care Trust Crystal Apple Sponsor to Benefit Pets in the Classroom

By: Pet Age Staff//March 5, 2024//

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Petmate, a leading manufacturer of pet supplies, recently announced a Crystal Apple Sponsorship with The Pet Care Trust, a national nonprofit committed to enhancing children’s academic and personal development. The sponsorship will directly benefit the Pets in the Classroom grant program, providing financial support to educators to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom.

“We recognize the significant impact that pets can have on the development of young learners,” said Steve Clark, Chief Revenue Officer at Petmate. “We are excited to play a role in supporting the life-changing benefits of the Pets in the Classroom program by providing children with an opportunity to interact with pets which can have a direct impact on young students.”

Petmate was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Arlington, Texas. The company’s portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Aspen Pet, Bark Bone, Chuckit!, Fat Cat, Gamma2, Hyper Pet, JW, LA-Z-BOY and Mad Cat all help to contribute to improving the quality of life for pets and pet parents.

The Pet Care Trust is a non-profit, private foundation that promotes the public understanding of the joys and benefits of pets through educational support and interaction. In 2010, the Pets in the Classroom grant program was established by the Pet Care Trust with the knowledge that classroom pets can be a valuable teaching tool that many teachers do not have access to because of a lack of funding. The program provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom, providing children with an opportunity to interact with pets – an experience that can help shape their lives for years to come.

In 2021, the Pet Care Trust launched the Dog in the Classroom program, which strives to bring well-trained and thoroughly screened therapy animal teams to select schools to promote positive academic outcomes and improve the health and well-being of students.