Quinte Humane Society School Program - Education
At QHS, we believe strongly that children and adults develop kindness, sensitivity, responsibility and appreciation towards all living creatures when they are around animals.
We have delivered a successful program for 8 years by visiting many schools in our jurisdiction. Age appropriate talks regarding animal care always leads to questions and answer sessions. This shows that these discussions are invaluable to these young minds. Discussions often include these following topics;
- Why are they there?
- If you are approached by a strange dog without an owner around.
- Are you ready for a pet?
- How to be responsible and kind to all animals.
- What do we do at the QHS?
- Becoming involved as a student at the shelter.
- The importance of spaying and neutering all pets.
- What do animals need?
These visits are conducted on request from a school or teacher. Each presentation involves taking a few animals and include a safe, hands on introduction to each pet. Some children have never had a pet due to many reasons, and love these opportunities to spend time with an animal.
These visits usually last far longer than expected as the children are so excited and happy to spend this time with our pets, that their questions go on and on. Frequently children go home and tell their parents that they want to help the animals and drop by again to visit the animals.
It has been shown that a child reading to a dog can also increase their skill because they feel that the dog is enjoying the time and that they are not being judged.