Molly has been my classroom pet for almost eight years! Someone left her in a box in front of Petco and then I adopted/rescued her (Petco cannot resell dumped animals). Molly was probably about one when I adopted her so that makes her almost nine years old! She is a very old guinea pig and she has such personality! I am an animal lover and thought having an adopted class pet would be a wonderful way to teach my student compassion and care for animals. I have created a whole Humane Education Unit to go with the ASPCA's Go Orange For Animals event in April. In the past, I let families take her home on weekends, but now that she is so old, I take her home to my house. Most animal rights organizations do not support animals in the classroom because they feel they receive improper care. I think of Molly as not just the class pet, but mine too. Her presence in my classroom, has taught my students:
3. About Healthy Eating - guinea pigs love fresh fruit and veggies
4. Humor - Molly's squeals are all different and unique
Getting a classroom pet is a huge responsibility. Feel free to email me with any questions, if you are thinking of adopting one.
I have posted one of my Humane Education Lessons. I will be working on a Humane Education Unit to post before April.