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.

If you have questions about our program or wish to schedule your troop please e-mail scoutprogramsatwhs@gmail.com.

Dog Day Afternoon & Reading Buddies Program ~ via Zoom!!

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 the Whatcom County Libraries at (360) 305-3608 to find out information about the next Dog Day Afternoon.

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 us 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.

What to do with a Reactive Dog

Wednesday, November 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ at HOME!

Walk on the Wildside Presentation Series

Series begins Tuesday, November 16 @ 6:00 pm

Understanding Canine Body Language

Learn what your dog is trying to communicate to you and to other animals with their body language in this 2 part series.

Wednesday, November 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ~ via Zoom!
Wednesday, November 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ~ via Zoom!

How to Speak Dog

Tuesday, October 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

What to do with a Reactive Dog

Wednesday, April 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ at HOME!

CLASSROOM VISITS

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

CLASSROOM VISITS ARE NOW OFFERED ONLINE!  At this time we cannot offer in-person shelter tours, but we can offer a pre-recorded video tour and a live visit with our Humane Educator & shelter animals virtually!  To set up a virtual visit or lesson please contact Kelsey Forbes at outreach@whatcomhumane.org or by calling 360.733.2080 ext. 3116.

In addition to our programs at Whatcom Humane Society, we can bring our humane education lessons to your educational setting. We have tailored 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.

Be a Humane Hero!  Each classroom that completes the age-appropriate series of presentations will be gifted stickers for the students as well as a Humane Hero certificate to post in the classroom.

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

All Grades

General WHS Presentation:  45 minutes 

A presentation featuring WHS programs and services, the animals we see and why the work we do is so important.

Grades PreK - 2

Animals have feelings too: 30 minutes

Includes a short story read aloud followed by a discussion on how to safely interact with an animal.

Grades 3 - 5

Dog Safety : 45 minutes

Learn how to be safe around dogs by understanding their body language and learning about their behavior.  Discuss safe & unsafe situations and appropriate ways to respond.

Animal Care : 30 minutes

A presentation about animal needs and how they’re not so different from our own! This presentation will cover common pets and will conclude with an open conversation about farm animals vs. companion animals meant to encourage critical thinking.

Spaying or Neutering : 30–45 minutes

We will discuss the estimated 10 million animals that enter shelters every year and how spaying or neutering can help save lives.  We will also explore the impacts on shelters and the myths surrounding spaying & neutering.

Intro to Farm Animals: 30-45 minutes

This presentation, combined with a learning activity, is meant to get kids interested in commonly farmed animals and to help kids see these critters in a new light. The learning activity is most fun when kids are able to move around the room, however it can be adjusted so students remain at their desks.

Grades 6 - 8

The Puppy in the Window: 30–45 minutes *

Encourages kids to think critically about where pet stores get their dogs, small animals, and birds, and how to tell if a breeder is responsibly caring for their animals.  This presentation is meant to encourage greater awareness and critical thought when buying an animal.

Farm Animals: 30–45 minutes *

Introduces kids to the emotional and complex intelligence found across commonly farmed animals. This presentation will briefly discuss the realities of factory farms, the impact on the environment, and introduce possible alternatives to factory-farm life.

* This presentation will include sensitive topics and possibly disturbing images but graphic imagery will not be used.

Grades 9 - 12

Responsible Consumerism : 45 minutes *

A presentation meant to encourage critical thinking about common consumer habits. Topics include fur-farming, animals in retail, farming industry, and how to interpret symbols assigned to consumer goods. We will conclude with an open discussion about ideal vs realistic solutions, veganism, and responsible habits as a consumer.

* This presentation will include sensitive topics and possibly disturbing images but graphic imagery will not be used.

Coming Soon:  Animal Legislation!  Learn about laws created to protect the animals and how you can help.