Humane Education

Education is a crucial component of the Idaho Humane Society’s mission to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane awareness and compassion. We strive to share the shelter’s mission and programs as well as teach younger generations about humane care for pets and safety around animals.

Read more about our various educational opportunities below. Contact Nicole at education@idahohumanesociety.org if you have further questions.

Classroom Visits, Talks and Tours

Tours & Presentations

The Idaho Humane Society welcomes guests to visit our facility and the animals up for adoption. We can also send speakers to classrooms, civic organizations, clubs and other interested groups. Representatives can discuss IHS programs as well as various animal-related issues, emphasizing responsible care of pets.

Please contact us at least two weeks before you’d like to have your group’s presentation.

To schedule a tour or presentation for kids or teens, please contact (208) 377-1716 or education@idahohumanesociety.org.

To schedule a tour or presentation for adults, please contact (208) 475-0855 or outreach@idahohumanesociety.org.

Teaching children to play safely with dogs

Each year, about 5 million people in the U.S., most under the age of 13, are bitten by dogs. Dog bite injuries are a leading cause of emergency admission of children to hospitals. The good news is that most dog bites can be prevented. The B.A.R.K. (Be Aware, Responsible, and Kind) Dog Bite Prevention Program is the only one of its kind proven effective in teaching elementary-school students how to behave safely around dogs. The Idaho Humane Society provides materials and an in-class instructor to grades 2 through 4 throughout Ada County.

To get your classroom involved, please contact Nicole at (208) 377-1776 or education@idahohumanesociety.org.

Humane Education series for classrooms

We offer curriculum-based series for classrooms that want to engage students in more meaningful ways. These series are centered around humane themes while supporting the need to meet Idaho State Standards. Each series includes supplies and visits from an IHS staff member.

Pet Awareness: This four-part series is offered for kindergarten/1st grade classes that want extended opportunities to develop compassion, empathy, pet responsibility and dog safety.

For more information or to schedule a series for your classroom, contact Nicole at (208) 377-1776 or education@idahohumanesociety.org.

Sponsorship and donation opportunities

All of the Idaho Humane Society’s humane education programs are donor supported. If your company would like to become an official sponsor of one of our programs, or if you would like to donate toward allowing these programs to reach more individuals in our community, contact Kendall Schreiner at (208) 387-2760 or kschreiner@idahohumanesociety.org.

Girl Scouts

The Idaho Humane Society has partnered with Silver Sage Girl Scouts to create a new Idaho Humane Society patch. Girls will learn about pet responsibility, animal safety, and complete projects for shelter pets while earning their new patch.

Patches cost $3 per girl and are available for purchase through the shelter.

Interested troop leaders should contact Nicole Post at education@idahohumanesociety.org to receive their patchwork packet and get started!

 

 

Shelter Days

Children between the ages 8-13 are welcome at the Idaho Humane Society for a fun day of animals and movies when school is out for in-service. Participants will play games, complete projects for the animals, and spend time with the shelter pets.

Shelter Days run 9:00am-5:00pm. Participants may be dropped off/picked up anytime during those hours. However, registration is required.

Cost: $15

Upcoming Shelter Days:

Wednesday, November 1st

Thursday, November 2nd

Monday, February 19th

 

Fall & Winter Mini Camps

Mini camps are service-oriented, one-day camps offered to kids between the ages of 7 and 14. Campers spend the day completing hands-on projects and meeting shelter pets. Projects are paused only for lunch, while campers enjoy a pizza party. Due to the nature of these camps, camp hours also fulfill the Idaho Humane Society’s community service requirement for students.

Fall Mini Camps

Camp day runs 9:00am-4:30pm.

Camp tuition is $50 each camper,$45 for siblings.  Registration completed prior to November 15th will a receive an Early Bird discount with a reduced tuition of $40 each camper.

Monday, November 20th: Session for 7-9 year olds

Tuesday, November 21st: Session for 10-14 year olds

Winter Mini Camps

Camp day runs 9:00am-4:30pm.

Camp tuition is $50 each camper,$45 for siblings.  Registration completed prior to December 14th will a receive an Early Bird discount with a reduced tuition of $40 each camper.

Wednesday, January 3rd: Session for 7-9 year olds

Thursday, January 4th: Session for 10-14 year olds

Click here to register for a Winter Mini Camp

 

Refund Policy

Tuition is refundable (minus a $15 administrative fee) if cancellation is made more than 7 days prior to camp.
For cancellations made 7 or less days prior to camp, tuition is nonrefundable.

 

Spring Break Camps

Friends for Life Spring Break Camps

Spring Break camps run two-days and are project intensive. Snacks are included but campers will need to pack a lunch.
Camp days run 9:00am-4:30pm. Tuition is $80.

Session 1 is geared for campers aged 7-9 and runs Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28.

Session 2 is geared for campers aged 10-13 and runs Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30.

Click here to register your camper for a Friends for Life Spring Break camp.

Refund Policy:

A full refund minus a $20 administrative fee is available for cancellations made more than 7 days before camp.
Cancellations made 7 or fewer days before camp are nonrefundable.

 

 

Summer Camps

Friends for Life Summer Camp

Camps are a great way for children to gain experience with animals and get involved in shelter projects. Camp curriculum changes each year, so repeat campers are welcome!

Camp sessions run Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-4:30pm. Tuition is $125. IHS Kids Camp t-shirt and snacks are included.

Summer 2018 Camp Schedule:

June 11-14: Animal Artists: Ages 10-13

June 18-21: The World of Pets: Ages 7-10

June 25-28: Animal Careers: Ages 11-14

July 16-19: The World of Pets: Ages 7-10

July 23-26: Animal Careers: Ages 11-14

August 6-9: Shelter Helpers: Ages 12-15

Spaces are limited to just 13 campers each session.

Click here to register your camper for a Friends for Life summer camp. 

Refund Policy:

A full refund minus a $25 administrative fee is available for cancellations made more than 7 days before camp.
Cancellations made 7 or fewer days before camp are nonrefundable.