Humane Education

The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Humane Education Program teaches people of all ages to respect the animals that share our world, both in our homes and in our communities. Humane education fosters compassion, responsibility, and kindness—for animals and people alike. Fundamentally, the goal of humane education is to make the world a better place for all living creatures.

The focus on global citizenship makes humane education compatible with other educational theories, including service-learning, character building, and democratic education, all of which promote personal and global responsibility. By demonstrating that actions have consequences, the humane education curriculum builds empathy and higher-order thinking skills.

HSSC’s Humane Education Program uses the principles of the human-animal bond to provide fun, enriching lessons for children and adults. We offer a variety of formats, including classroom visits, shelter tours, pet therapy, reading programs, and camps.

If you have questions about Humane Education, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Ginny Armington, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941.955.4131 x114.

Humane Education Programs

Humane Education FAQ

Do you bring animals to classrooms?
Yes, we regularly do classroom humane education presentations. Learn more here.
What ages do your education programs cover?

We work with all ages, although we primarily do presentations for children and teens. The principles of humane education apply to everyone, regardless of age.

Do you have programs for those with special needs?

Yes, our certified pet therapy teams regularly visit special needs clients. We are also able to provide some accommodations for visits or field trips. For specific questions and requirements, please reach out to Ginny Armington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941.955.4131 x121.

Do you allow field trips to HSSC?

Yes, we are happy to show you our wonderful shelter, and give you a first-hand look at the work we do. You can just do a tour, or we can include a presentation too. Please contact us in advance to schedule your visit: Ginny Armington, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 941.955.4131 x114.

We would like to have HSSC be part of our school function. Who do we contact?

If you want HSSC to provide one of our humane education services (e.g., a classroom visit or Reading Fur Fun), please contact Ginny Armington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 941.955.4131 x114.

If you are looking to have HSSC attend an event, or you want to do a fundraiser, please see this page for more information.

My child needs to complete community service hours for school, do you have a program for this?
If your child is 12-17 years old, Teen Club is an excellent way to volunteer; however, this is a school-year-long, limited-admission program and all interested teens must submit an application. Learn more about Teen Club here.
Can my children and I come to the shelter just to walk a dog or play with the animals?
For the safety of our shelter pets, only HSSC volunteers ages 18 and above who have completed training are permitted to handle shelter animals. Children ages 12-17 who have completed Teen Club are the only non-adults permitted to handle shelter animals. Learn more about becoming an HSSC Volunteer here.
Can I hold my child’s birthday party at HSSC?
Due to limited space and staff availability, we are unable to rent our shelter space for private parties. We frequently have children collect donations (cash or supplies), and that is a wonderful way for young philanthropists to help the shelter animals and turn a birthday party into a “Party with a Purpose.” To learn more about holding an event or drive to benefit HSSC, click here.
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
2331 15th Street | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.955.4131 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF HSSC
1090 North Tuttle Ave | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.364.3605 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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