Humane Education

Elmhurst pet parade

Our Humane Education programs are sponsored by Klepacki & Blair Orthodontics.

The Institute of Humane Education defines humane education as…  
“a field of study and approach to teaching that draws connections between human rights, animal protection, and environmental sustainability with the goal of preparing people to be compassionate, dedicated solutionaries, able to identify unjust, inhumane, and unsustainable systems and create solutions that enable people, animals, and nature to thrive.”

Our programs offer fun, collaborative, and creative ways for community members to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals and learn how to respect, protect, and understand animals and their special bond with humans.

We offer virtual and in-person tours and information sessions to introduce people to our facility, our animals, and the daily work of our staff and volunteers that gets so many animals into loving homes. Contact Lauren Link to schedule a visit. 

Within our Humane Education programs, we also offer a variety of youth volunteer opportunities and summer camps. Young volunteers in our Junior Board, Teenternships, and Compassionate Kids Corps have the agency to use their voices, execute their creative ideas, and advocate for animals. Our summer camps have a similar objective. We strive to show young people how to use their individual skills and voices to express their emotions, advocate and care for animals, and treat others with respect. To learn more about all of our youth volunteer programs, visit the Youth Volunteers (<18)  page under the “Volunteer” tab on our website.

More Resources

Young Advocates Book Club

Real Rescue Stories

Activity Book (Summer Camp)

Our Humane Education programs are sponsored by: