We don’t encourage school excursions to the dogs homes because the numbers of children can cause distress to the dogs and our education room can hold 20 people at a time. We do however encourage the children to visit the Dogs Homes with their families.
School Visits Include:
- Activity and discussion times
- A visit from a Dogs Home Dog
- A take-home invitation and information for parents
Children who are taught to care for animals are learning about responsibility, patience, respect and caring. These skills not only help in their relationship with their pets, but also in building successful relationships with people in their adult lives.
The Dogs Homes do not have resources for staffing to conduct school visits so we do charge. It is $140 for the first hour and $60 for each hour thereafter. To cover costs we encourage kids to run fundraising events for the Homes.
Key Messages for Students:
- It is important to be responsible and provide care to those who need it. This includes animals.
- Being responsible also means caring for the community.
- There are laws to keep dogs and people safe in the community.
- Dogs have needs and feelings similar to our own.
- A dog is like a best friend because they are fun to have around.
- In return, we can be a dog’s best friend by keeping them safe, happy and healthy.
Humane values and social
responsibility are key
elements of the program.