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Classroom pets need special care


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POSTED: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Question: I'm a preschool teacher, and my students keep urging me to get a classroom pet. Are there any concerns?

Answer: Keeping animals in the classroom is not ideal unless each animal has an owner committed to its proper and lifelong care. That can mean bringing the pet home on the weekends, ensuring veterinary care and meeting its behavioral and psychological needs.

Rabbits are often popular classroom pets, but they must be handled gently and are social creatures that are not meant to be cage-confined for long periods.

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The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Indicate “;Pet Ohana”; in the subject line.