Making the world kinder with kids

Research shows children who are taught kindness towards animals tend to mature into caring, responsible adults. Our humane education programs nurture the human/animal bond. (And they’re fun!)

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PETS & PAJAMAS

Spend a Friday evening after hours at HSHV! For ages 5-11.

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TEEN MEWVIE NIGHT

Enjoy a flick while snuggling with the felines!

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SCOUT PROGRAM

Complete that animal badge by bringing your scout group to HSHV!

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SHELTER TOURS

Explore the shelter with our humane education guide.

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CATS & KIDS

Cuddle with kitties while playing games, crafting and more! For ages 5-11.

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JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS

Learn how to work with and help animals! For ages 12-17.

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FUNDRAISING

Want to help the animals? Here are some great fundraising ideas.

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Celebrate your child's (or your!) birthday with us.

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STORYTIME + SENSORY STORYTIME

Toddler time at HSHV! Plus a special version for differently-abled youth.

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RESCUE READING

Practice your reading skills while helping animals at the shelter

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CAMP PAWS

Enjoy day or week-long camps at HSHV and Tiny Lions. For ages 4-17.

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P.A.C.K.

People and Animals Connecting Through Kindness connects youth ages 12-14 in a supportive environment

Humane Education Calendar

May 2022

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Rescue Reading
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Looking for a fun way to have your children practice their reading skills? Join us for HSHV’s Rescue Reading! This program includes time reading to our adoptable animals, a group read-aloud and humane education lesson, and a dog meet-and-greet! This is a drop-off event designed for ages 6-11. For children under , ...
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Camp PAWS
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Have a day off of school? Join us for our one day sessions of Camp PAWS! Designed for ages 6-11, Camp PAWS our camp program involves humane education lessons on many topics depending on the session and age group. Some past topics have been pet photography, animal communication, bird identification and wildlife conserva , ...
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Tiny Tails Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Come to Tiny Lions to have a pawsitively fun time! Designed for toddlers age 2-5, Tiny Tails Story Time will keep your tot and you engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Cost: $7 per chil , ...
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Little Paws Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Then, bring your little ones to HSHV to have a paws-itively fun time! Designed for ages 2-5, Little Paws story time will keep your tot engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions! Each program will include age appropriate stories, a craft, a tour th , ...
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Pets and Pajamas
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
What could be more fun than spending your Friday night with our furry friends at HSHV? This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and includes adoptable animal interactions, a vegetarian dinner and an animal-themed movie with popcorn! Children are invited to wear their pajamas, bring a sleeping bag and pillo , ...
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Rescue Reading
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Looking for a fun way to have your children practice their reading skills? Join us for HSHV’s Rescue Reading! This program includes time reading to our adoptable animals, a group read-aloud and humane education lesson, and a dog meet-and-greet! This is a drop-off event designed for ages 6-11. For children under , ...
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Tiny Tails Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Come to Tiny Lions to have a pawsitively fun time! Designed for toddlers age 2-5, Tiny Tails Story Time will keep your tot and you engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Cost: $7 per chil , ...
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Little Paws Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Then, bring your little ones to HSHV to have a paws-itively fun time! Designed for ages 2-5, Little Paws story time will keep your tot engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions! Each program will include age appropriate stories, a craft, a tour th , ...
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Rescue Reading
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Looking for a fun way to have your children practice their reading skills? Join us for HSHV’s Rescue Reading! This program includes time reading to our adoptable animals, a group read-aloud and humane education lesson, and a dog meet-and-greet! This is a drop-off event designed for ages 6-11. For children under , ...
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Tiny Tails Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Come to Tiny Lions to have a pawsitively fun time! Designed for toddlers age 2-5, Tiny Tails Story Time will keep your tot and you engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Cost: $7 per chil , ...
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Rescue Reading
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Looking for a fun way to have your children practice their reading skills? Join us for HSHV’s Rescue Reading! This program includes time reading to our adoptable animals, a group read-aloud and humane education lesson, and a dog meet-and-greet! This is a drop-off event designed for ages 6-11. For children under , ...
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Sensory Story Time
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Just like our traditional story time, but specifically intended as a welcoming space for differently-abled children and those on the spectrum, Sensory Story Time includes interactive stories, sensory play, a tour of the shelter and lots of fun! Sensory Story Time is generally designed for children ages 2-5, but all chi , ...
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Tiny Tails Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Come to Tiny Lions to have a pawsitively fun time! Designed for toddlers age 2-5, Tiny Tails Story Time will keep your tot and you engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Cost: $7 per chil , ...
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Little Paws Story Time
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you have a young child who loves animals? Then, bring your little ones to HSHV to have a paws-itively fun time! Designed for ages 2-5, Little Paws story time will keep your tot engaged through stories, crafts, finger plays and animal interactions! Each program will include age appropriate stories, a craft, a tour th , ...
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Mewvie Night @ the cat cafe
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Kids, cuddle up to cats and snack on popcorn while you watch a family-friendly flick at the Tiny Lions cat café! ​Popcorn and a juice box are included; you’re welcome to bring snacks and drinks of your choice, too, along with any pillows, sleeping bags or blankets you’d like to use (just remember: the cats , ...
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Rescue Reading
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Looking for a fun way to have your children practice their reading skills? Join us for HSHV’s Rescue Reading! This program includes time reading to our adoptable animals, a group read-aloud and humane education lesson, and a dog meet-and-greet! This is a drop-off event designed for ages 6-11. For children under , ...
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