Humane Education Presentations

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a number of different Humane Education programs for audiences of all ages, each serving our mission of creating a community of caring. On-site presentations may be combined with an animal encounter and a behind-the-scenes tour of The Anti-Cruelty Society. Contact us at education@anticruelty.org or (312)644-8338 ext. 348 for bookings and additional details.

Education Packages

In order to help reinforce our message of empathy and caring, and make the big ideas of our curriculum more meaningful for students, we offer workshop packages that allow our Humane Education specialists to more effectively connect core messages to expand a group’s understanding of a variety of animal welfare topics. The Anti-Cruelty Society provides custom or pre-made packages for classrooms looking to engage their students at a deeper level. Program lengths, time, and modes of delivery can be modified to suit the classrooms’ needs. Click here to learn more about available options.

Workshops

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of workshops about pet care, community advocacy, and animal welfare. Whether you’re a Girl Scout troop, public school teacher, camp counselor, or community director, we have a workshop available for your group! Program lengths and times vary.  All programs can be booked to take place on or off-site and are tailored for the audience. On-site programs include an animal encounter and a behind-the-scenes tour. 

Paws with a Cause: This interactive program teaches children about all different kinds of service animals – from dogs to pigs to miniature horses!  Coupling visual and auditory teaching methods, as well as playing a game based on the popular children’s show, Blues Clues, children are sure to have fun while also learning about the importance of service animals. Suggested Age ranges: PreK – 2nd Grade

If I Could Talk: Based on the popular PBS show Martha Speaks, this interactive presentation tells the story of Marsha, Martha’s long lost twin sister, who has not been adopted yet and sits in the shelter awaiting her forever home (and the opportunity to eat her alphabet soup). The children will participate in a game entitled “If I Could Talk” and answer questions about pet care and animal body language. For each correct answer, Marsha moves closer to her forever home on a virtual game board. Suggested Age ranges: PreK – 2nd Grade

Pet Care & Safety: Because of their small stature and love of hugs, children are at the greatest risk for serious bite injuries from animals. Students will learn about how to be safe around animals, including how to pet a dog for the first time and how to act around stray dogs they may come across in their neighborhoods. This program utilizes a number of different teaching tools, depending on the size of the group, student ages, presentation location, and availability. This valuable lesson  can be reinforced using a puppet, an animatronic cat, a “grab bag” of pet-related items, a video, and occasionally even live dogs (please make a note in the ‘Comments’ section of your booking request form if you would like to try to have a live dog come to an off-site program). Safety Around Animals can be paired with the Pet Care presentation. Suggested Age ranges: PreK – 2nd Grade

A New Friend for Life: Students are shown an informative film about the responsibilities that all pet owners share and the importance of proper pet care; this is followed  by a question and answer session with one of the Society’s Humane Education Specialists. Classrooms requesting this presentation must have A/V equipment available. Suggested age range: 3rd – 8th grade.

Paw & Order: Furry Victims Unit: This presentation focuses on scientific investigation and problem solving skills, while fostering compassion and encouraging youth to advocate for animals in their communities. Students are walked through an animal cruelty investigation (based on the work done by the Society’s Humane Investigators). This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations. Suggested age range: 5th – 8th grade.

Making a Difference: Students will watch an informative film about the history of The Anti-Cruelty Society and humane societies in general, while also learning about the important role that animal shelters play in their communities. This is followed by a question and answer session with one of the Society’s Humane Education Specialists. Classrooms requesting this presentation must have A/V equipment available. Suggested age range: 5th – 8th grade.

The Pact: Groups will watch a multimedia presentation that uses narrative and storytelling to explore the relationship between humans and animals. At the end, the students will put on their own unique “play” using costumes and sound effects. Suggested age range: 5th – 8th grade. This program is only available for groups taking a field trip to The Anti-Cruelty Society.

The Link: Students will observe a multimedia presentation that introduces them to the researched and documented connection between animal abuse and human-directed violence, as well as the ramifications that mistreating animals can have on the community as a whole. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations. Suggested age range: 7th – 8th grade.

Protecting the Web: Students will observe a multimedia presentation that introduces them to the ways in which humans share their environment with both pets and wild animals, and the responsibilities that we all have to maintain the integrity of that environment for everyone. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations. Suggested age range: 7th – 8th grade.

Animal Careers: This presentation will go into detail about a number of different jobs and career paths that involve directly working with animals on a daily basis. Careers covered in this program include veterinarians and vet techs, dog trainers, animal control officers, animal shelter staff, K-9 Unit police officers, dog groomers, and more. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations. Suggested age range: 7th – 8th grade.

Pet Overpopulation: Learn about the history of domesticated cats and dogs, the concept and causes of animal overpopulation, and the problems that a community faces when it has more domesticated animals than it can care for. The presentation will also cover the responsibilities that all pet owners undertake and the importance of spaying and neutering. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations. Suggested age range: 7th – 8th grade.

One Last Fight: Anti-Dog Fighting: This program is focused on an anti-dog fighting message. Dog fighting is still a very serious issue in Chicago. Students will watch the informative film “One Last Fight” about the dog fighting culture, followed by a question and answer session with a Humane Education Specialist. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations. Suggested age range: 8th grade – adult.

Games

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s interactive Games series provides classrooms and groups the chance to learn about pet care and safety in a fun engaging format. Our professional Humane Educators utilize this medium to teach the basics of pet care, safety, and respect to groups of all ages and sizes.

Facts of Five: Two teams of students will “race” against one another to answer questions about animals and pet care. Each question asks the teams to name five possible answers, and if one team is successful in doing so, they will advance. This game does not require a computer or multimedia device.

Pet Jeopardy: Based on the hit TV game show hosted by Alex Trebek, two teams of students will move across the board answering questions about animals that are split into five different categories. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins. This game can be played using PowerPoint or without a multimedia device. Junior Jeopardy questions are simplified from the regular version of the game.

King of the Mountain : School groups will be quizzed on their knowledge of proper pet care while playing this fun and interactive game. In their quest to help the “Billy Goat Hero” climb the mountain and capture the “Troll King’s” treasure, the students will answer a series of riddles about pets and pet care. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Race You Home: Coming soon!

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