A key component in achieving long-term change in animal welfare is one which is key in achieving change in virtually any issue: we have to reach, inspire, and empower…children. Children are the next generation – of politicians, of parents, and of pet owners. They will base their decisions and their actions on the knowledge and experiences they acquire throughout their lives. So we are working hard today to ensure we have a positive impact on the lives and futures of both kids and animals in Ottawa. Here’s how:
- Our Humane Education School Program visits classrooms Grades 1-12 across our city to provide lessons on animal safety, care, and welfare. We work with students and teachers to support class and group projects advocating for animals through creative, student-initiated activities and campaigns.
- Our on-site Field Trip Program invites Grade 2 classes to visit our shelter to enjoy hands-on learning experiences with animals through curriculum-based lessons and activities.
- Our popular Camp programs provide active learning for children during PD days, March Break, and through the summer months, allowing children to gain in-depth understandings of many different animal topics including safety, humane handling, and animal needs through fun hands-on activities.
- Our youth Animal Advocate Program is a go-to event for young animal lovers who are interested in learning more about animal welfare topics and careers through direct contact with animals and knowledgeable staff at our shelter.
- Our Leadership Education for Adolescents and Dogs (LEAD) program works with community partners to provide a unique experience in dog care and training, and the power of the human-animal bond, to at-risk youth in our community.
- Our OHS Birthday Parties combine fun and celebration with animals and humane education for kids. While celebrating with friends, children learn about our shelter and visit with many of our adoptable animals.
- Our seasonal Family Events invite kids and their parents to visit the OHS and partake in a variety of fun activities while meeting animals and visiting with our shelter staff and volunteers.
- Our OHSkids.ca website provides fun learning opportunities for kids at home or in school through our informative pages on animal care, our activity pages, and our “Ask Buddy & Belle” link for kids to have their animal-related questions answered.
Coordinator: Humane Education