Little Shelter's Humane Education Program, an important part of our mission.
The link between cruelty to animals and violence toward people has been well established. And the way children care for their pets reflects on how they will care for their children as adults. These facts support the need for humane education programs.
Little Shelter provides workshops on humane issues for children in public and private schools, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts., Brownie troops, and early intervention programs.
Little Shelter staff members visit elementary schools, middle schools and high schools throughout Long Island and neighboring communities. Staff members are also accompanied by a dog or puppy. The program teaches children how to care for the animals in their homes and in their communities and focuses on fostering kindness and awareness toward animals.
Special emphasis is placed on respect and compassion, not only toward to animals, but toward one another as well. We make comparisons between the needs of animals and the needs of humans who care for them. We discuss overpopulation, the importance of spaying and neutering, and how to read body language.
Children who have difficulty relating to adults or peers often find a much-needed friend in an animal. Lively discussions are encouraged during the session, which allows the children to exchange ideas and stories and interact with each other. Various schools have formed clubs, continuing involvement in the animal world, and encouraging friendships and interaction.