“Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind and considerate in their relations with each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies, more humane, more law-abiding in every respect, more valuable citizens.” National PTA Congress
Humane education is the teaching of respect, kindness and compassion in relation to animal welfare, social justice and environmental issues. It can bring forth the desire and capability to live with compassion, integrity and wisdom, and can give the knowledge and skills to take action in meaningful ways that allow humans to live in a kinder world.
On a smaller scale, humane education teaches people how to properly care for and respect their companion animals, such as cats and dogs, and all forms of animal life. It can be used as a tool to explain the consequences of irresponsible behavior and motivate people to see the importance of living creatures other than ourselves.
The Houston SPCA has a vibrant Humane Education Program and offers a variety of programs and activities for children.
If you would like to have the Houston SPCA Humane Education Program visit your classroom, school event or student club, please fill out this Event Request Form!
More than ever we are realizing the connection between child abuse, animal abuse and violence towards one’s peers. The need to teach kindness and empathy through guided humane education programs, while still connecting with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, is greater than ever. Humane education is the only educational method that recognizes how powerful the connection we have with nonhuman animals is and allows us to use that connection to share our humanity with others.
Intervening on behalf of nearly 50,000 animals in need each year is an expensive endeavor, and your generous donation today will help further our mission. Donating to the Houston SPCA is an investment in your community because your entire donation is used locally to benefit the animals of our area.