RSPCA Week (30 April to 6 May) is a time to make pupils more aware of what they can do to keep their pets protected. To start fundraising in school, contact the RSPCA for a guide. Alternatively, the organisation has a range of resources for the classroom, including:
secondary and primary assemblies about the RSPCA's role, with instructions on how to create bird cake;
lesson plans on what pets need, caring for farm animals, dogs and the law, responsible farming and many other topics;
the "Big Quiz", which tests pupils' animal care know-how.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
How do dogs feel? A seven-minute video from Bat the dog and Zee the cat explains how humans cause dogs to attack, helping pupils to understand how to treat their pets. Why not invite a Battersea volunteer to visit your school or arrange a visit to the home, where pupils can meet an ex-Battersea resident and get a guided tour of the rehoming quarters. For secondary students, Battersea has created an enterprise challenge study pack, a series of lesson plans that set students the task of researching how the home works. They then propose a plan for their own local animal welfare centre.
Three of the UK's biggest animal welfare charities - Blue Cross, PDSA and RSPCA - have created www.peteducationresources.co.uk. The website offers a wide range of resources:
Early years: animal-themed colouring-in and word puzzles.
Key stage 1: animal arts and crafts and understanding living organisms.
Key stage 2: charity advertising and discussing animal cruelty.
Key stage 3: animal stereotypes and campaigning for change.
Key stage 4: science, ethics and working for an animal charity.
Post-16: debating animal issues.
The website also includes a visit map and calendar to help teachers plan a more hands-on welfare day with animal experts.