St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center humane education PROGRAM: COMPASSION FOR OUR LIVING WORLD
St. Hubert’s is dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals and provides services that support the human-animal bond and which foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures. We believe this begins with education for both youth and adults, in sharing knowledge about the ways that people can be agents for positive change in animal issues and how they can better safely interact with and understand the animals in their lives.
We currently offer a three program series free of charge to schools for students in Kindergarten to 6th grade.
Kind Choices: Animals in Need
Available for: Kindergarten- 2nd Grade
Our beginning program is designed to gently introduce the tenets of companion animal care, respect and welfare related issues to our youngest students. Through interactive storytelling lessons in a variety of animal related topics, students will engage their feelings of compassion for those animal subjects by exercising their empathy and through interactive discussion and reflection.
Kindergarten - Teacher’s choice of the following titles and topics:
• “Before You Were Mine” about homeless pets and adoption,
• “Each Living Thing” which encourages reverence for the many different kinds of living creatures in our lives.
1st Grade - Teacher’s choice of the following titles and topics:
• “Max Speaks to Me” about the ways animals use non-verbal communication to speak and express needs,
• “The Story of Ferdinand” about bullfighting and respecting others,
2nd Grade - Teacher’s choice of the following titles and topics:
• “Go Home: The True Story of James the Cat” about homeless pets and adoption,
• “The Forgotten Rabbit” teaching about small animal care and adoption,
• “When Anju Loved Being an Elephant” about captivity issues and animals used for entertainment.
Safety & Respect: Understanding Body Language
Students will exercise their skills in reading body language in both people and animals through visual role playing and class interaction. We will discuss cat and dog safety and dog bite prevention and students’ experiences with the animals in their own lives. Through conversation and student response we will help students to brainstorm positive alternatives to diffusing conflict and engage their empathy and compassion for the emotional lives of other beings.
3rd Grade & 4th Grade
Empathy & Kindness: Influencing Your World
Students will learn about age appropriate animal related issues that we work with at St. Hubert’s as well as abroad in animal welfare including spay and neuter programs, animal adoption and rehoming, animal emergencies, and treating animals in the entertainment and food industry with respect. Through discussion, a visual presentation and reflective activity, students will learn about the emotional lives of non-human animals and the meaning of being an agent of positive change for both people and animals.
5th Grade & 6th Grade
For more information or to schedule a class, email Stephanie Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.377.7094 Ext. 234. Presentations are available weekdays only during school hours. A maximum of 40 students is permitted at each presentation, and a minimum of 10 must attend. Please call at least a month in advance to secure the date and time you need.
Our Humane Education classes help in our mission to rescue and save the lives of homeless animals and promote understanding, compassion and responsibility. We appreciate donations to help us continue this work.