Kindness in the classroom
Teaching kids to be compassionate toward animals is essential in creating a more humane community. However, getting kids excited about learning is not always easy. Let us help you with one of our inexpensive education programs that can help kids start off on the right foot by teaching them how to be compassionate stewards in society.
Animal Humane Society’s classroom education programs are for kids in grades K-12 and cover everything from responsible pet care and ownership, to appropriate interactions with wildlife, opportunities in animal related careers, the perils of dog fighting, and more — all presented with an emphasis on compassion and respect.
“The kids love it because they enjoy learning about animals, and the teachers love it because their students are learning how to be compassionate not only to animals, but to each other as well,” says Holly Wetzel, humane educator at Animal Humane Society. “It’s always fun to see kids so engaged in learning.”
Each interactive program is tailored to the audience’s age and interest and is available for groups of any kind including schools, clubs, home school groups and community organizations. Most programs can be taught to groups of up to 70 students and last approximately 45-60 minutes.
The cost for each program is $50 with discounts available. The fee can be paid for by the school, but parents are also encouraged to sponsor a program for their child’s class. To register for any program or for more information, contact our Education department at (763) 489-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The alarming statistic is showing up in news reports all over the nation — a 49% increase in pet thefts so far in 2011. This is according to the American Kennel Club which says their national database has recorded 224 pets stolen during the first seven months of 2011, compared with 150 in the same period last year. The AKC bases its numbers on media reports of stolen dogs and customer reports from its Companion Animal Recovery service.
The organization says the increase may be due to economic times, citing people who want pets but can’t afford them and others who steal pets to sell for a profit as possible examples.
We at Animal Humane Society want to make sure your pets remain safe so we’ve put together some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that they’ll become lost or stolen.
Animal behavior problems can be frustrating and are often the cause for a pet being surrendered. We’re here to answer your pet behavior questions, and we might just be able to help you resolve an issue that will keep your pet at home, with you. Please call the Animal Humane Society Behavior Helpline at (763) 489-2202 with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s behavior. The Animal Humane Society Training and Behavior staff will provide you with action steps and resources to help resolve any issues.
Saying goodbye to a best friend
Anyone who has owned a pet they considered a friend, companion, or family member knows how special the human-animal bond can be. Pets give us companionship and unconditional love. They can reduce stress and improve our mood. Unfortunately, the joy of owning a pet goes hand-in-hand with the pain of losing one. For many, losing a pet is one of life's most heart-breaking experiences.
In honor of our departed pets, the second Sunday of September is National Pet Memorial Day. This is a day to remember the joy our pets brought to our lives. This day can help bring closure to a recent loss or provide a day to remember your pet annually among others who share the same feelings.
At Animal Humane Society, we understand how hard it is to lose a pet and we’re here to support you. End of life care for your pet brings about both difficult and emotional decisions. We provide a variety of services to help you prepare for and cope with the loss of a pet.
Humane euthanasia. As ideal as it may be, pets do not always die peacefully at home. Considering humane euthanasia may be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. It is a personal, loving act to euthanize a pet for which the quality of life has deteriorated. When the time comes to say goodbye to your animal companion, Animal Humane Society provides a humane and affordable euthanasia service to the public.
Cremation services. Once a pet has passed, it is very common for pet owners to have their deceased pets cremated, a service that Animal Humane Society offers at our Golden Valley facility. We offer communal cremation as well as private cremation for families who wish to keep the remains of their pet.
Pet Loss Support Group. For many of us, the grief we feel when losing a pet can be just as overwhelming as when we lose a relative or human friend. But you may find that even your best friends and relatives don’t understand the depth of feeling you have for a lost pet. At Animal Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group, you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience. Three facilitators from the Pet Loss Support Group were recently featured on WCCO to help spread the word about this important service.
Visit our website to learn more about all Animal Humane Society’s pet loss services
Paula is on vacation, so AHS Trainer Kate Varns offers advice on how to help your pets adjust to the changes a new school year brings!