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

How Kids Can Help From Home

Although the shelter is closed and our programs are temporarily canceled, we believe it is as important as ever to continue reaching kids of all ages with lessons about kindness, compassion and respect for animals.  We also know how tough it is to keep kids busy!  The resources below provide learning opportunities about domestic animals and native wildlife, as well as projects kids can do at home to benefit the animals in our care (or your pets at home!).

Service Projects for Domestic Animals:

These are things kids can do to enrich the lives of pets at home, or create them to be donated to the shelter animals.  Many of them use materials you may already have at home (or kids can get creative with substitutes!).

Learn about Pet Care and Dog Safety:

Kids can take this time at home to learn about responsible pet ownership and dog safety.  This can help with school projects, ready them for future WHS workshops, and prepare them for a future of pet companionship!

Be Kind, Stay Safe: Living with Dogs & Cats (activity book) ~ Lakes Animal Friendship Society

Doggie Do’s and Dont’s: Dog Safety and You (coloring book) ~ American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)

Learn about Native Wildlife:

Our friends at PAWS created this great Wildlife Resource Library.  It contains information about many of our native wild species including descriptions, habitat details and how we can peacefully co-exist.

The National Wildlife Federation has a Wildlife Guide featuring information about plants and animals found all over America.  Get to know the amazing wildlife in your own backyard and beyond!

Make a Difference:

You can start making a difference in the lives of animals, domestic and wild, today!

Check out this list of 50 Ways Kids Can Help Animals (Humane Decisions).  Or find an easy way to start being a Voice for the Animals!

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

Following recommendations from the Whatcom County Health Department to cancel all group summer events throughout Whatcom County, and based on the City of Bellingham’s decision to cancel City of Bellingham events this summer, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Critter Camp.  Stay tuned for information on our Critter Camp At Home Kits that will be available this summer!

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 is on a first come, first served basis. Registration will not be processed until payment is received; we cannot hold spaces without full payment ($225/child).  Registration deadline for all sessions is May 16, 2020.

 
2020 Camp Schedule

Following recommendations from the Whatcom County Health Department to cancel all group summer events throughout Whatcom County, and based on the City of Bellingham’s decision to cancel City of Bellingham events this summer, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Critter Camp.  Stay tuned for information on our Critter Camp At Home Kits that will be available this summer!

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

The cost per child is $225 and includes a camp t-shirt, water bottle & snacks.   Camp is limited to just 16 kids per week.

Please see the 2020 Critter Camp Registration form for details on payment options and the cancellation policy.

All completed paperwork for this years campers can be returned to WHS during normal business hours or sent via fax (360-733-4746) or email (outreach@whatcomhumane.org).

Scholarship Information

We understand that some young animal-lovers may not be able to afford the full cost of camp. As such, we are offering a scholarship to one child per session who needs financial assistance. This scholarship will cover half the cost of camp ($112.50) for one child per session.

Please read through the Critter Camp Scholarship Application form for complete details about eligibility and the application process.

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.

Junior Humane Academy – CANCELED!

Saturday, April 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

CLASSROOM VISITS

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

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.

 

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.