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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P.A.C.K.

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

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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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MEWVIE NIGHTS

Cuddle with cats while watching a feline-friendly flick! 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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PET SITTER CERTIFICATION COURSE

Learn how to be a responsible and knowledgeable pet sitter! For ages 12-17.

Humane Education Calendar

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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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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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4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
People and Animals Connecting Through Kindness (P.A.C.K.) is a group where young people ages 12-14 come together in a supportive environment to share their love for animals and build valuable social skills. The group will explore topics such as self-confidence, relationship building, compassion and of course, as young , ...
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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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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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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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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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