What is Humane Education?
Humane Education can be defined as “a process that encourages an understanding of the need for compassion and respect for people, animals and the environment and recognizes the interdependence of all living things.”
Why should we invest time and resources in Humane Education?
Research indicates there is a direct correlation between those that physically abuse animals and humans. Abuse and violence towards animals, according to research, is an indicator of psychopathy that does not stop with animals. Teaching our youth to have empathy is essential to raising caring and compassionate human beings.
*Builds Compassion, Empathy, and Moral Character in our youth
These values are often learned behaviors that are most effective if learned during the development years for youth. Humane Education teaches our youth that animals are living beings with feelings that should be treated with respect and compassion. If we can teach these students about kindness and compassion early in their lives, the chances are greater that those values will continue throughout the rest of their lives.
Humane Education helps youth to understand responsibility and teaches them about relationships and accountability for their actions in reference to those relationships. It also teaches children the value or kindness for all living creatures. Our youth learn to value the choices they make and the impact of those choices on all living creatures in our world. These values carry on to other areas of their lives and the care of our planet.
Types of Programs Offered
We have both on-site and off-site classes that offer standard programming and we can customize programs to support curriculum as well. On-site programs include a tour of our humane society. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.
Our Humane Education Program in the News
Thanks to Ellen Becker Investment Group and WISN AM 1130 for featuring our humane education program, the great work of our volunteer therapy dog teams, and the work of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs in certifying teams to give of their time by volunteering as therapy dog teams in the community. To listen to a recording of this show, please click here.
Humane Education Programming Available (select each below to learn more)
Cost of Humane Education Programs
Programs are free with student donations from our Humane Education Wish List below or groups can pay a nominal fee of $25.
Humane Education Wish List
Here is a list of items that make a difference for the homeless pets in our care:
*Grain Free canned and dry dog and cat food
*KMR or other 1st step kitten milk replacer
*Peanut Butter (without xylitol)
*Dog and Cat toys
*Dog and cat (soft) treats
*Timothy Hay (for our small animal friends)
*Brooms with dust pans
How to Register for a Humane Education Program
Please try to make your reservation 4 weeks in advance of your program date. To register for a program, complete the humane education request form by clicking here and then email completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to or drop off at our shelter. If emailing the application, please open and save the file application to your computer, complete and save the application to your computer, and email the file.
After receipt of the initial email, you will be contacted within a week to discuss possible dates/times for your group.
Donations to Our Humane Education Program
We are a small shelter with a goal to increase our outreach programs to youth in the community. As a local, independent organization, we rely on individual donations, not support from government agencies or national animal welfare groups, to protect the animals in our community and to continue the education of our youth to work towards a kinder world for our 4 legged friends. If you would like to help us on this mission, you can donate items from the list above or our full wish list (found under How to Help on our website) or make a monetary donation. Thank you for allowing us to provide humane education and supporting our efforts to make our community one in which kindness and empathy are extended to all!