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4-H Pets Project

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 •

hamsterPet projects teach youth more than just how cute pets can be. Youth learn how to determine the best pet for them, how to feed and care for their pets, fitting and showing skills, and how to be a great pet owner. Pet projects cover many small pets including mammals, cavy, fish, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, insects (arachnids), and crustaceans


  • Learn about selecting differnet types of pets
  • Provide proper housing for different pets
  • Identify and care for basic needs of pets
  • Observe pet behavior
  • Explore genetics and animal reproduction
  • Care for a newborn animal

4-H Pet Curriculum

Available from the Extension office or online at 4-H Pets Curriculum

Pets 1 – Pet Pals
Pets 2 – Scurrying Ahead
Pets 3 – Scaling the Heights
Pets Helper’s Guide

Member and Leader Publications

Available in the Extension office or on line at

4-H Cavy Project – Leader Guide

National 4-H Pet Resources
State 4-H Pet Resources


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