Youth Programs

We’re committed to educating youth in our community about treating animals with kindness, compassion, and responsibility in a safe manner. We’re also dedicated to helping young people understand how to help homeless dogs and cats.
While we can’t come together in person to learn and grow, we have plenty of virtual opportunities available!

Virtual Shelter Tours + Learning Resources

Does your group want to meet adoptable animals? Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about Willamette Humane Society? Go where the school bus can’t and join us for an educational and fun virtual tour of our facility. We welcome school classrooms, scouts, clubs, community organizations, and more to visit us. Each tour includes an overview of our life-saving work and a guided tour of our shelter. Meet some of our adoptable dogs and cats! 

Registration: Cost is $25; scholarships available 
Grades: 1st through 6th; 7th and up
Tour length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Details: Maximum of 30 participants per tour. If your group is larger than 30, please schedule two tours.

To schedule a Virtual Tour, click the button below, click Youth Programs in the left hand menu, and then click the green book button.

Virtual Learning Resources

If you’re hoping to learn more about the shelter and animal welfare, but a tour isn’t right for you, we can help. 
We recommend these resources:

Service Projects

From coordinating a recycling drive to running a fundraiser, there are many ways that youth can help pets in our community. Collaborate with us, and your students can participate in an activity that directly helps shelter pets. Find out what shelter animals currently need at our wishlist.

To organize a donation drive or service project Email us at

Willamette Humane Society prioritizes the safety of community members, employees, volunteers, and pets. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we have postponed all in-person youth programming until further noticeStay up-to-date on our plans. Sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Summer Camps

Mark your calendars! Register in the spring of 2021 for summer camp. Camp Paw Paw is a great place for young animal lovers to have fun, make new friends, and learn—all while making the world a better place!
In this full-day camp, campers learn all about animals and the awesomeness of community service while having a blast. Our camps are packed with animal-themed games, outdoor activities, guest speakers from other animal/wildlife rescues, and tons of projects to brighten up the lives of our shelter guests who are awaiting their forever homes. Campers will also gain training skills and give our animals plenty of hands-on TLC! 

Registration is scheduled to open in mid-March of 2021.

Shelter Storytime

Love reading? Love animals? Join us for Shelter Storytime, where youth ages 5 to 11 can read to cats and dogs in our shelter.
Reading to animals has a positive impact on the animals and the humans involved. Individual attention and human interaction reduces stress and anxiety in shelter animals and helps them find homes faster. Reading to pets helps students improve their reading fluency and comprehension by allowing them to practice reading aloud without fear of judgment. Dogs and cats are the most forgiving listeners!
This program is available to families or youth groups directly through the shelter on weekends during the school year. Books, treats for the animals, and blankets are provided, but families and groups are welcome to bring their own.

Postponed at this time due to COVID-19.