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 6-11.

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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

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Pets and Pajamas
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
*New* Starting January 2023: Program runs from 5:30-8:30 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 6 to 11 and includes adoptable animal interaction, a cheese pizza dinner, and an animal-themed movie with popcorn! Children ar , ...
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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 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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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 , ...
Teen Mewvie Night
7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Youth between the ages of 12-17 are invited to join the felines at Tiny Lions once a month for a special Teen Mewvie Night! Pop and popcorn are included, but you’re also welcome to bring any snacks and drinks of your own choice. While Tiny Lions does have some comfy chairs, we recommend you bring any pillows, sle , ...
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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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Cats & Kids
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Kids and cats: a purrfect pairing! Cats and Kids is a program specifically made for youth ages 6-11 to spend some time with the adoptable cats and kittens at Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.  Participants will enjoy engaging in arts/crafts, games and other fun activities all while in the company of feline friends , ...
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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 children with autism or neurodivergent children, 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 children , ...
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Stories with Santa
10:00 am - 11:30 am
This cozy Santa-themed story time is designed for youth ages 10 or younger and features holiday themed activities, crafts, and stories! Families will have the opportunity to tour the shelter, meet an animal, and even get a picture with Santa Claus! Guests are encouraged to wear their coziest holiday attire and bring a , ...
Stories with Santa
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
This cozy Santa-themed story time is designed for youth ages 10 or younger and features holiday themed activities, crafts, and stories! Families will have the opportunity to tour the shelter, meet an animal, and even get a picture with Santa Claus! Guests are encouraged to wear their coziest holiday attire and bring a , ...
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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 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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Camp PAWS – Winter Break
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Join us for our Winter Break session 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 conservation. Participants wil , ...
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Camp PAWS – Winter Break
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Join us for our Winter Break session 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 conservation. Participants wil , ...
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Camp PAWS – Winter Break
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for our Winter Break session 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 conservation. Participants wil , ...
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Have questions about a humane education program? Email humaneed@hshv.org.

Humane Education Newsletter

Would you like more information highlighting youth (and animals!) involved in HSHV programs, current learning opportunities, and even a humane living tip? You can sign up to receive our Humane Education Email Newsletter to find out more!

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