Our Humane Education Program works to reinforce the values held by our organization: to create a kind and caring community that encourages the humane treatment and responsible guardianship of animals within our local area and which strengthens and supports the human-companion animal bond. To achieve this goal, our Humane Education Program offers workshops, classes, public speakers, and other services both onsite and offsite for youth and adults alike. Our program staff works in collaboration with local youth organizations, such as Scout groups and 4-H clubs, to empower young people by showing them they can become proactively involved in a cause that matters to them. Ways in which these organizations have made a positive impact locally include raising awareness as to the importance of spay/neuter programs to prevent pet overpopulation, taking up collections of items to aid in the care of homeless pets within our shelter, and building houses for feral cats. Such acts of dedication and compassion in youth help pave the way for a conscientious and socially responsible adulthood while also giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
Special presentations to groups of area youth including scouts, area students, after school programs and residential homes are ongoing. We provide tours of our shelter, information about responsible pet care and how young people can become involved in helping to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We also table at community events whenever possible to share information on responsible animal guardianship, shelter pet assistance programs and to reach out further to the youth and adults in our community.