Humane education involves teaching the principles of goodwill, kindness, justice and compassion towards all life. It can be used as a tool to help children understand the pet-people relationship. Children have a kinship and understanding with animals that encourages trust and companionship. Humane education transfers these values to our relationships with humans. Studies have shown that humane education later generalizes into humane attitudes toward people.
The objective of the Humane Society and Adoption Center at PAWS Education Program is to promote Humane Education to the entire community and to nurture the bond between people and their pets.
The Humane Society and Adoption Center at PAWS offers educational presentations and materials including:
- School Presentations: PAWS personnel including office staff and Animal Control Officers participated in the presentations in local schools during the year. Efforts are directed toward children in the Pre-K, elementary and middle school age groups.
- Shelter Tours and Presentations: PAWS conducts a number of shelter tours and humane education programs during the year. The primary recipients were children’s groups such as scouts, private and public school classes, and children’s groups sponsored by local civic organizations.
- Educational Materials: Educational materials are provided to both children and adults throughout the year. Sources for material vary from free items furnished by major pet / animal service companies to materials which were produced in-house by our own staff. Materials are handed out with adoptions, and are made available to shelter visitors.
- Information: The shelter staff routinely provides animal/pet related information to the general public. Suggestions and assistance for dealing with nuisance wildlife, pet behavior problems, animal injuries, questions concerning legal requirements for keeping certain animals, required permits, etc. are handled on a continuing basis by the PAWS staff.
- Pets improve our physical health. Studies show that owning a pet can reduce blood pressure, improve mood, relieve stress, minimize incidences of minor illness, and reduce pain levels.
- Pets increase opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities and social interaction. Pet owners live longer that non-pet owners.
- Pets provide assistance to the handicapped, and life-affirming social contact for the elderly.
- Pets provide unconditional love, unwavering companionship and support.