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Rodent Rescuers

Rodent Rescuers is a 4-week foster program that allows elementary classrooms to foster one of our small animals. 

If you are a family that is homeschooling this year, we would love to partner with you! We can provide a journal, animal care guides, and activities to accompany your classroom pet experience.

Students learn pet responsibility through a weekly journal and observations of their new furry friend. The program fulfills math and science standards for K-5th grade state curriculum and can be expanded with STEM as well. Not only does Rodent Rescuers provide kids with a safe, fun opportunity to learn about pet responsibility and real-world animal science, but it also allows for the small animal to experience a new environment and be comfortably socialized.

Are you interested in having Rodent Rescuers in your classroom? Please fill out our Interest Form for the school year.

Questions? Please contact us 208-377-1716 or [email protected]

Classroom Visits

OHumane Education in the Classroom!

We offer curriculum-based programs for classrooms 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.

Preschool

Pet Responsibility for Preschools:   Through storytime and a hands-on activity, this 30 min lesson will teach your preschoolers what pets need.

K-1st Grade

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.

2nd & 3rd Grade    

Comparing the Cost of Pets: Students will learn how much financial responsibility there is to own different pets through an all class board game.

4th Grade   

“No More Bullying” This 5 session course, created by Wayside Waifs, teaches students positive core values to help develop a healthy classroom culture.

5th & 6th Grade

Junior Vet Techs: 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.

Junior High & High School

Resume Writing: Allow your students to practice their resume writing skills with a trip to the shelter.  Students will get a template and chance to learn about some of our shelter animals. Back in your classroom, students can write up a resume for our animals to help them find forever homes.

Genealogy in Dogs: Ever wonder how a litter of lab puppies are all different colors? Through Punnet Squares, students will answer this question and find out which traits are dominant and recessive in dogs.

All Ages

Safe Play with Dogs

Each year, about 5 million people in the U.S., most under 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.

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 [email protected].

To get your classroom involved, please contact our Humane Education Coordinator at (208) 377-1716 or [email protected].

Story Tailing

It’s been proven that reading to animals helps calm them down. Bring your class to come read to our shelter animals. This one hour program allows kids to work on their reading skills while helping our shelter animals. Please note this program only runs on Mondays. 

To get your classroom involved, please contact us at (208) 377-1716 or [email protected].