The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Education Program places a great emphasis on promoting humane education throughout the community. Humane education is the teaching of compassion and respect related to animal welfare and examines the challenges facing our planet and explores how we might live with compassion and respect for everyone.

The focus on citizenship makes humane education compatible with other educational theories, including service-learning, character building and democratic education which all promote personal and global responsibility. Humane education helps build and model empathy as well as promotes higher order thinking skills related to cause and effect of actions while promoting empathy and compassion towards all species.

The HSSC Humane Education Program utilizes the principles of the human/animal bond to provide enriching, fun lessons for children and adults. We offer a variety of formats, including classroom visits, shelter tours, pet therapy, Reading Fur Fun, Teen Volunteer Club, and Fur Fun Camp Program.