Humane Education

Humane education is the term for any curriculum that teaches children and adults to care for animals in their homes and communities. The goal is to create a culture of empathy and caring by stimulating admirable morals and a sense of responsibility. We strive to create a more compassionate and responsible society so that we can help to prevent abuse and neglect cases such as those we deal with daily.

Humane education teaches people how to fulfill their responsibility to companion animals, and to understand the consequences of irresponsible behavior. We encourage the value of all living things!

If you would like C.A.R.E.S. to present humane education to your classroom, organization, or otherwise, please contact us.

Humane Education Links

  • American Humane Association: Be Kind to Animals…and People, Too! units for K-12 students. All materials are available for download, including a Humane Education Pledge Form. The curriculum is easy for first-time humane educators to use. Please take advantage of these great ideas!
  • PETAKids is a website for children, where kids can subscribe for the free magazine GRRR! – a cool, colorful magazine with lots of celeb interviews. You can also download back issues.
  • PETA offers excellent reproducible activities and a free video geared to grades 3-5. You can request a free humane education kit to be mailed to you.
  • The ASPCA’s Animal Lessons page has worksheets and PDF newsletters.
  • National Association for Humane and Environmental Education offers a Humane Teen website and publishes a wonderful, award-winning newsletter called Kind News. For just $30.00 a year a classroom will receive 32 issues each month and a Teachers Guide.
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  • Teach Kind offers lesson plans and videos on many animal welfare issues.
  • Janie’s Coloring Hats is a fun activity where kids color black and white animal drawings that are then made into hats.
  • British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers units on bite prevention, “kindness counts” and empathy, rabbits and guinea pigs.
  • Canadian Federation of Humane Societies offers PDF back issues of their humane education newspaper for children.
  • The National Humane Education Society will mail you a humane education packet including lesson plans, a Teacher’s Guide, tips on connecting with schools, and interactive ways to present humane ed. They will also visit classrooms free in New York, DC, and California. NHES also has a For Kids site with activities, games, scout badge info, and more.
  • Dumb Friends League of Denver, Colorado has a wide range of lesson plans for all ages.
  • The Latham Foundation offers humane education publications and videos.
  • The International Institute for Humane Education offers a distance learning master’s degree in Humane Education, along with a Humane Education Certification Program.
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