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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 Kelly Nagl at email@example.com if you have further questions.
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 please contact (208) 377-1716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer curriculum-based programs for classrooms in order to engage students in more meaningful ways. These programs are centered on humane themes while supporting the need to meet Idaho State Standards. Each program includes supplies and a visit from an IHS staff member.
Pet Responsibility for Preschools: Through story time and a hands on activity this 30 min lesson will teach your preschoolers what pets need.
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.
K-5th Grade NEW for Fall 2018!
Rodent Rescuers: This 4 week program allows classrooms to short term foster in their classroom for one of our small animals at the shelter. Students will learn pet responsibility through a weekly journal and observations of their new furry friend.
5th & 6th Grade NEW for Fall 2018!
Animal Care Attendants in Training: Idaho Humane Society is an open admittance shelter and students will get the chance to learn how we take an animal from intake to adoption through hands on learning. This program also engages STEM learning.
Safe Play 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 for all ages throughout Ada County.
Being Friends with Animals, and People too
Did you know animals can be your friend too? It is important that people socialize with the pets they have. In this program we combine humane education and youth development soft skills and values to teach children the importance of being kind to animals and people around them.
To get your classroom involved, please contact Kelly Nagl at (208) 377-1776 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Kelly Nagl at email@example.com to receive their patchwork packet and get started!
The Idaho Humane Society has many ways Cub Scouts can fulfill their requirements for each of their ranks, while giving back to their community.
Tigers can complete Team Tiger 4 or Good Knights 6. We can also help you fulfill requirement Tiger Theatre 5 by coming and listening to an animal story time with any of our RedRover books.
Wolves can complete Council fire 2 and 5.
Bears can complete the entirety of the Critter Care elective by visiting the shelter.
Weeblos can complete Project Family 6b.
Upon completion of your requirements you can visit the Idaho Humane Society and tour our facility. If you are a Den Leader and would like to know how to fulfill these requirements or a tour of the shelter please contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Due to the nature of these days, students will also earn some community service hours during their visit.
Shelter Days run 9:00am-5:00pm. Participants may be dropped off/picked up anytime during those hours. However, registration is required.
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