Preventing animal abuse and neglect is the goal of humane educators. They spend much time visiting schools, teaching responsible animal care and kindness toward other creatures. Often, they also write and distribute humane education newsletters, web pages, and other materials and may organize educational events to reach out to the community. Most credible grassroots animal protection and environmental organizations offer paid and voluntary positions humane education positions that involve working with local schools and youth groups as well as community outreach programs with a strong emphasis on public education and awareness of animal protection and environmental issues.
Education and Background
Educators need college degrees and often teaching certificates, with courses in education, animal science, and communications.
Humane Society Youth (formerly the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, NAHEE) is the youth education affiliate of The HSUS. Humane Society Youth publishs a wide variety of humane education materials for people in the animal care and control field, teachers, and children in grades Pre-K to high school. Humane Society: Youth specializes in the development of high-quality learning materials designed to encourage good character in children, with a strong emphasis on the humane treatment of animals and respect for natural habitats. Humane Society Youth's flagship publication is KIND News, an elementary-level classroom newspaper currently read in more than 38,000 classrooms across the country.
Teach Kids to Care Professional Studies workshops - designed to introduce animal care and control professionals and volunteers to important concepts and trends in humane education.
The Certified Humane Education Specialist program provides training for people who want to actively advance humane education in their communities, but may not have formal teaching credentials. Learn how to effectively interact with schools, teachers, youth leaders or any other professionals who work with young people from preschool through high school. The successful completion of these courses will identify you as a trained certified humane education specialist. That designation identifies you as a well-informed animal protection advocate, provides bona fide credentials and adds to your credibility among all other youth educators, many of whom are not overly knowledgeable about pet ownership responsibilities and safety.
Association of Professional Humane Educators provides Professional Studies opportunities and networking for educators who promote humane attitudes toward people, animals and the environment.
Learn more about Service Learning and how to incorporate it into your animal care programs.
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- Contact your local shelter for information on what volunteer opportunities are available or look up volunteer information at www.Pets911.com or www.VolunteerMatch.org
- Visit The HSUS' Pets information and resources