For Parents and Educators

Looking for something fun and educational to do with your child? Searching for ways to inspire your family to connect with animals? Look no further! Below you will find a variety of educational topics that will help you guide your child toward a life of empathy and compassion.

Teaching Empathy and Compassion

Children who are empathetic are more resilient, confident and better able to handle stressful situations. Empathetic children are less likely to be overly aggressive. Empathy promotes moral intelligence. To learn more about how to develop traits like empathy and compassion in your children, click here.

Introductions between Pets and Children

Are you expecting a child, or wondering how to make your pet’s first interaction with children a pleasant one? Here are some tips from our Animal Behavior and Training department to help your introductions go smoothly:

Even if your child and pet have been coexisting for some time, teaching Pet Safety is still important, not only for handling your pet at home, but also when meeting new pets! Take a look at some of our illustrated printable resources.

If you still have questions, or need any kind of help with your pet, don’t hesitate! Contact our behavior helpline: email or call (312) 644-8338 ext. 343

Coping with Pet Loss

At The Anti-Cruelty Society, we believe that pets are part of the family. Losing your furry friend can be one of the most challenging experiences to go through, especially for a child. Click here to learn more about how to help your child cope with the loss of a pet.

Opportunities for Teens

Do you have an Animal Welfare Enthusiast at home? Check out some of our teen opportunities:

  • Our Veterinary Mentoring Program is a great way for aspiring veterinarians to get a taste of what the job is like. Students can boost their resumes, earn a Chicago City of Learning badge, and get real-life experience under the guidance of a veterinarian. For more information, or to apply, click here.
  • Every spring and fall The Anti-Cruelty Society holds an after school program called, “Exploring the Link” which is open to all Chicago high-school teens. This anti-violence themed program aims to help students gain insight into the community impact of human-directed violence and animal abuse. Youth learn from facilitators and guest speakers to apply critical thinking skills, and learn techniques for safe anti-violence advocacy. For more information, or to apply, click here.
  • Looking for a way to help your teen earn Service Learning Credits?  For ideas and instructions for craft-based donations, donation drives, fund raisers, and other projects click here.

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