These DC statutes allow animals of appropriate size and temperament be kept in classrooms for instructional purposes. The animals must be provided with sufficient food and water, and be cared for in a safe and humane manner. If the animals are no longer needed, they should be adopted out or given to a local humane organization for adoption.
§ 8-1851.01. Animals kept in schools.
Only animals of appropriate size and temperament suitable to a classroom environment shall be introduced into the classroom. Use of such animals shall be for instructional purposes only.
(Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 501, 55 DCR 9186.)
§ 8-1851.02. Care of classroom animals.
(a) Animals kept in schools shall be provided sufficient food and water, be cared for in a safe and humane manner, and remain in schools during holidays only if provided adequate care.
(b) Animals no longer needed in the classroom should be adopted out to a suitable home or given to a local humane organization for adoption.
(Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 502, 55 DCR 9186.)