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PetSmart Donates Turtles to PCDC


The Adult Education and Wellness Center at PCDC recently received a donation from PetSmart of a 40-gallon Repti-habitat. Cristina Smalley, one of the teachers at the Center, contacted PetSmart about a grant program they sponsor to provide classroom pets.

“We were looking for a classroom pet and during our research found that PetSmart has a grant for pre-K thru 8th grade to provide a pet for classrooms. We decided to email the corporate office to see if there was anything available for Adult classrooms,” said Eve Strothers.

Although the Adult program did not qualify for the grant, PetSmart worked with their vendor partners and provided a 40-gallon tank, filter, heat lamp, food, water softener, and three Red-Eared Slider Turtles. “Everyone at the Adult Education and Wellness facility is grateful for the opportunity provided through PetSmart’s generosity. Having a classroom pet is a wonderful chance to learn through observation and hands on experience. Caring for red-eared slider turtles is a lot of responsibility and everyone at the Adult center has been researching and studying the best care for them,” said Smalley

Once the tank was set up and running the Center received the three small turtles via Fed-Ex. Smalley added, “We are extremely thankful to PetSmart and their Vendor partners for making it possible for us to have this experience. We received both a pet for our classroom and a wonderful example of kindness.”


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