The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Humane Education Program teaches people of all ages to respect the animals that share our world, both in our homes and in our communities. Humane education fosters compassion, responsibility, and kindness—for animals and people alike. Fundamentally, the goal of humane education is to make the world a better place for all living creatures.
The focus on global citizenship makes humane education compatible with other educational theories, including service-learning, character building, and democratic education, all of which promote personal and global responsibility. By demonstrating that actions have consequences, the humane education curriculum builds empathy and higher-order thinking skills.
HSSC’s Humane Education Program uses the principles of the human-animal bond to provide fun, enriching lessons for children and adults. We offer a variety of formats, including classroom visits, shelter tours, pet therapy, reading programs, camps, and our immersive Collars & Scholars Program.
If you have questions about Humane Education, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Ginny Armington, at 941.955.4131 x114.
**Due to COVID-19 we will resume Collars & Scholars, Class Room Visits, Reading Fur Fun, and Fur Fun Camps at a later date. **Our Teen Program and to Host A Drive are currently running, which are linked below for more information on each.**
COLLARS & SCHOALRS PROGRAM
Multi-week course for students
CLASS ROOM VISITS
Dynamic animal-themed lessons
READING FUR FUN
Dogs make great reading buddies
FUR FUN CAMPS
Unleash your child's animal side
Build animal handling skills
HOST A DRIVE
Collect supplies or donations
We work with all ages, although we primarily do presentations for children and teens. The principles of humane education apply to everyone, regardless of age.
Yes, our certified pet therapy teams regularly visit special needs clients. We are also able to provide some accommodations for visits or field trips. For specific questions and requirements, please reach out to Ginny Armington at 941.955.4131 x114.
Yes, we are happy to show you our wonderful shelter, and give you a first-hand look at the work we do. You can just do a tour, or we can include a presentation too. Please contact us in advance to schedule your visit: call Ginny Armington at 941.955.4131 x114.
If you want HSSC to provide one of our humane education services (e.g., a classroom visit or Reading Fur Fun), please contact Ginny Armington at 941.955.4131 x114.
If you are looking to have HSSC attend an event, or you want to do a fundraiser, please see this page for more information.