EDUCATION

Our goal is to teach the importance of compassion and kindness towards animals.

Our goal is to teach the importance of compassion and kindness towards animals.

Humane Education

WHS humane education programs are designed to be fun and educational.  These include hands-on programs focusing on K-12, such as classroom presentations, shelter tours and service projects.

Classroom topics include:

  • Compassion and kindness towards animals
  • Dog bite prevention and safety
  • Spay/neuter education
  • Animal cruelty and neglect
  • Native wildlife safety
  • Animal identification (i.e. dog licenses/cat id tags) and safety

Girl Scout Programs

WHS is pleased to offer the following Girl Scout Programs!

Brownie: Pets Badge

Earn your Pets Badge at Whatcom Humane Society!

Program costs  $7 per scout with a minimum fee of $35.  Adults are free to attend and at least one adult for every six scouts is required to remain on site during the program.  Maximum registration is 12 scouts.  Larger groups may be accommodated upon request.

Brownie programs are 90 minutes in length and are by request only.

Junior: Animal Habitats Badge

Junior Girl Scouts can get their Animal Habitats Badge at Whatcom Humane Society!

Program includes the badge and a cost of $7 per scout with a minimum fee of $35.  Adults are free to attend and at least one adult for every six scouts is required to remain on site during the program.  Maximum registration is 12 scouts.  Larger groups may be accommodated upon request.

Junior programs are 90 minutes in length and are by request only.

All Scouts: Animal Shelter Tour

Animal Shelter Tours and a basic introduction to animal shelter work are available for all scouts at no cost, but must be scheduled in advance.

To schedule for your troop, please e-mail:  scoutprogramsatwhs@gmail.com.

Dog Day Afternoon Reading Program

Volunteers and their dogs enjoy an afternoon listening to children in the community practice their reading skills. Dogs are great listeners and children don’t feel judged when reading to them.

If you are interested in joining our Dog Day Afternoons volunteer team, please contact us by email at outreach@whatcomhumane.org or call us at (360) 733-2080 ext. 3116.

 

Reading with Miss Daisy

Reading with Sophie

Reading to Ryder

Reading is so fun with this dog!

Warm cuddly read with Jersey

Dog Day Afternoons at the Library

If your child would like to read to a dog, please contact one of the participating Whatcom County library branches to find out information about the next Dog Day Afternoon.

Participating Libraries

Everson
Phone: 360-305-3600

Central (Bellingham)
Phone: 360-778-7323

Fairhaven
Phone: 360-778-7188

Deming
Phone: 360-592-2422

Ferndale
Phone: 360-305-3600

South Whatcom (Sudden Valley)
Phone: 360-305-3600

Critter Camp

2018 Registration is CLOSED!  Be sure to check back next spring! 

Critter Camp is designed to be a fun, educational experience for kids who love animals!  At this time, our camps are designed for children ages 8-10.  Kids must fall within this age range at the time of desired camp session.  We limit each child to attending camp one session per summer.

Registration includes a camp t-shirt, daily vegetarian lunch & snacks.  Camp is limited to just 15 kids per week, so please check back to reserve a spot!

2018 Camp Schedule

There will be three one-week camp sessions this summer.  The 2018 schedule will be:

Week 1:  July 9 – July 13
Week 2:  July 23 – July 27
Week 3:  August 6 – August 10

All sessions are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

What can campers expect?

Campers will do the following things at Critter Camp:

  • interact with a variety of domestic animals, large & small
  • be immersed in animal-related educational activities, crafts, and games
  • learn about animal behavior for both domestic and wild animals
  • meet WHS staff and animal experts in the community
  • perform hands-on activities that will benefit shelter animals
  • learn what it takes to be a responsible pet owner
  • learn fun facts about horses, farm animals, reptiles, birds and other animals
  • take home useful advice about veterinary care, pet first aid and more!
Registration Info

Registration includes a camp t-shirt, daily vegetarian lunch & snacks.  Camp is limited to just 16 kids per week.  Registration will open again in the spring for Critter Camp 2019!

Caring for Critters Community Service Program

Encouraging groups of children under the age of 12 to perform service projects in their community to benefit homeless animals. Weekly programs, such as Kendall Kids at Kendall Elementary School, incorporate humane education into daily school curriculum and activities.

For more information, please contact Zakia at (360) 733-2080, ext #3116 or outreach@whatcomhumane.org.

WORKSHOPS

Whatcom Humane Society is proud to offer informational animal-related workshops to the community.

Kids Holiday Workshop

Join us for an afternoon of furry friends & fun! Dec. 15 @ 1:00 pm

DRIBS and DRABS: Replacing Unwanted Behavior

Understand the reason behind your dog’s bad habits and how to teach more pleasing behavior. Nov. 17 @ 1:00 pm

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

We reach out to the community to help achieve our goal to teach the importance of compassion and kindness towards animals.

School Visits

In addition to our programs at Whatcom Humane Society, we can bring our humane education lessons to your educational setting. We can tailor programs for all age groups with lessons focusing on issues such as Compassion and Kindness towards Animals, Responsible Pet Ownership, Dog Bite Prevention, Spay and Neuter Education, and Protecting Native Wildlife.

These programs are free of charge; however donations to help with the costs of providing these valuable learning opportunities are greatly appreciated.

To request a Humane Educator to come to your school or classroom, please contact us at outreach@whatcomhumane.org or call (360) 733-2080 ext. 3116.

Shelter Tours

Guided Tours are available. These interactive tours explore the facility providing information about the different animals we receive and the services we provide for the animals and the community. Tours are generally limited to groups of 10 people at a time. No tours are possible on Tuesdays as the shelter is closed. Due to safety and liability reasons, staff will not be able to take any animals out of their enclosures. Students are welcome to look at and take pictures of the animals but cannot pet them.

A few guidelines while students are at the shelter. Because we deal with sensitive issues like members of the public bringing in sick or injured animals or possibly surrendering their own animals, we need the students to use quiet voices and be respectful at all times. If there is too much noise, it can be upsetting for the animals and make it difficult for staff to help the public. Students should remain with their leaders and designated WHS staff members at all times and not wander in any of the areas unattended. We want to keep the students and the animals safe.

To schedule a guided tour of our facility, please contact us at outreach@whatcomhumane.org or call (360) 733-2080 ext. 3116.

Dog Safety for Kids

Do you have children?  Help keep them safe by teaching them the right way to act around dogs.  Check out these great videos from The Family Dog:

For more information, please contact Zakia at (360) 733-2080, ext #3116 or outreach@whatcomhumane.org.

Resources for Parents & Educators

Whatcom Humane Society is often contacted by kids that would like to help animals. There are so many ways you can help!  The Humane Society of the United States has put together 55 Ways to Help Animals.  It is an extensive list of ideas for ways kids can help animals in our community and across the country.

Looking for ideas on how students can volunteer for animals while learning about many of the subjects taught in schools today? Click here for great ideas in Service Learning.