Through presentations, discussions, value judgment stories, and imaginative play (for younger children), students will be introduced to the importance of all living things, and how we are all interconnected. There is a vast opportunity for many life skills and positive attitudes to be taught.
The Willamette Humane Society Classroom Programs meet Oregon State requirements for Instruction in Ethics and Morality (ORS 336.067) and Common Core State Standards for Social Studies, Science, and Career & Technical Education. Activities are tailored to meet the needs of any classroom or age group.
Kindness and proper care for animals starts with the attitudes and skills learned as children. It is important for children to see that animals have feelings and need the same respect and care that people need to live and survive.
Pets offer so many positive influences. Teaching compassion, caring, and understanding can go a long way in helping to fight stigma, stereotypes, and hatred for others.
Humane Education benefits the character and wellbeing of children as well as the animals. There is a strong correlation between the mistreatment of animals and causing harm or abuse to people later in life. Starting children down a positive path with animals will help produce ethical and responsible adults.
- Critter Kit: Guided Play with stuffed animals on what pets need to be cared for. (cat carrier plus pet needs)
- Dog Safety: How to meet a dog and be safe. (pictures/practice)
- Cat Safety: How to play with cats safely. (pictures/practice)
- Critter Kit: Guided discussion on what pets need using stuffed animals and props.
- Dogs: How to meet a dog/dog bite safety
- Cats: How to meet cats and cat body language
- Pocket Pets: Caring for small pets
- Picking the Right Pet: Age appropriate activities to show value of choosing the correct pet.
- Wild Animals and Backyard Critters: Safety around wild, stray and other outdoor (non-pet) critters.
- Responsible Pet Care: Lesson on how to care for pets and meet all the needs. Show care to others.
- Dogs: How to meet a dog/Bite safety/Dog body language.
- Cats: How to meet and read their body language/cat facts.
- Pocket Pets: Other pets and their special needs.
- Overpopulation: What overpopulation is and basics on how to control it. Spay/Neuter pet is stressed.
- Cost of Owning a Pet: Age appropriate lessons on pet care.
- Picking the Right Pet: How to choose a pet for your family.
- Wild Animals and Backyard Critters: How to care for/get along with/ and be safe around wild animals.
- Safety for Pets and You: Lessons on safety in emergencies.
- Dogs: How to meet a dog safely/dog bite prevention/needs.
- Cats: How to care for cats/body language/safety around cats.
- Pocket Pets: Types/care needed/safety.
- Pet Care: How to care for pet/needs of pets.
- Wild Animals/Backyard Critters: How to be friends to wild animals/safety/habitats.
- Overpopulation: Focus on overpopulation problem/how to fix it.
- Laws/Rules: A look at the laws and rules for pet ownership including introduction to humane treatment of pets/animals.
- Picking the Right Pet: Focus on types of pets/lifespan/needs/cost/time.
- Dogs/Other Pets with Jobs: A focus on service animals and companion pets.
- Pets in the Media: A look at how pets/animals are used in media of all kinds and entertainment industry/Safeguards to ensure safety while working.
- Responsible Pet Ownership: Focus on how to adequately care for a pet including consequences for not caring for it.
- Zoonotic Diseases: Focus on diseases transferred from animals to humans/how to avoid this/emphasis on vaccinating pets.
- Careers in Animal Welfare: Focused presentation on careers within animal welfare/includes shelters/vets/wildlife/others.
- Dogs/Cats: In depth look at breeds/temperaments/body language.
- Pet Safety/Emergency Prep: How to keep pets and self safe during an emergency/ fire, natural disaster etc.
- Animals in Entertainment: Focus on humane treatment of animals in entertainment industry/who ensures this/how/why.
- Dogs/Pets with Jobs: Focus on service animals/search and rescue dogs/k-9 units and companion pets.
- Animal Cruelty/Abuse: Intro to what it is/why/how to stop it.
- Animal Welfare Careers: Presentation focuses on all animal welfare jobs and other jobs working with animals including careers at WHS.
- Pet safety/Emergency Prep: How to keep safe in an emergency and how to prepare for an emergency.
- Animal Cruelty/Abuse: Focus on what it is/why it is important to recognize and prevent/how it plays into other types of violence
- Zoonotic Disease: Presentation focused on diseases passed from animals to humans/includes in depth look at rabies/parasites.
- Cat/Dog Body Language: how to read animal behavior and to stay safe/how to help little children understand safety around dogs
- Overpopulation: Focus on overpopulation/cause/concerns/current issues/proposed fixes
- Cost of Pet/College Pet: Looks at life expectancy/needs/time for different pets.
**Any Topic can be adjusted to any level. If there is a topic in another age group or a topic you do not see listed and would like a presentation, please call or email and each presentation can be tailored for your classroom and students.
Call us for questions about classroom programs at 503-585-5900 ext. 310
|Shelter Tours– All Ages Welcome||$1 per person / $15 min.|
|Single Classroom Presentation||$25|
|Pet Club (4 Lessons to 1 class)||$75|
|Kind Kid School (24 total presentations. Can be 6 pet clubs or combination)||$250|
|School Assemblies (topic of choice)||$100|
Kind Kid School
24 classroom presentations or a series of Pet clubs (up to 6 classrooms can receive a pet club for this price) OR a combination of presentations and pet clubs.
Note: If Middle or High Schools are wanting to schedule multiple presentations or a single presentation to multiple classrooms then the Kind Kid School is for you! It would be the most economical for you to offer these quality presentations in your schools.