Humane Education is a great way to empower young people through engaging in activities that cover a wide range of topics such as animal care & protection, environmental preservation, and human rights.

All programs have been built with Alberta Curriculum Connections. Teachers, day-care programmers, scout, and other youth leaders can start inspiring the children they work with by booking an EHS program with content tailored to the age indicated during booking. Presentations are able to be provided to a range of ages but please be aware that the content of the programs is tailored to be most engaging to those who will not find it either too advanced or not challenging enough.

Prices: Range from $42 – $195 for programs

Courses are currently available Off-Site (at your facility) or Virtually from EHS.

For Off-Site: EHS Staff follow all public health orders and recommendations in place when attending sites. Locations 35 to 70km from the Edmonton Humane Society will be subject to an additional $50 travel fee.

For Virtual Programs: All programs are facilitated through zoom and available for groups up to 40 from a single terminal or up to 40 separate terminals/invitations

See Curriculum Connections

Humane Education Programs

Young Readers Program

This 45-minute virtual program is designed for children ages 4 – 6, who will learn how to be “animal friends” through the power of a story that teaches how to interact appropriately with animals. Each book brings to life themes of empathy and caring for living beings.

Children will also engage in a short activity about animal safety and how to appropriately interact with a pet.

Themes covered: Empathy, Animal Safety, Animal Behaviour and Communication, Respect, Teasing, Compassion, Feelings & Interacting with Animals Appropriately.

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Who We Are & What We Do

In this one-hour virtual program, students will learn all about EHS, what an animal shelter is, and what goes on behind the scenes to make it run. Our program leader will talk about different animals we have seen at EHS and how you can help animals in your community today. Content difficulty is tailored to the age group you identify during registration

Fun Fact: Did you know the Edmonton Humane Society is over 100 years old?!

Themes covered: Different types of pets, Basic Needs of Animals, Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, Responsible Pet Ownership & Enrichment.

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Animal Aware

In this one-hour virtual program, participants will learn how to assess dog and cat body language to help students identify the feelings of what motivate common animals behaviours. An EHS educator will share tips on how to remain calm and safe when interacting with most companion animals, which can help prevent accidents from occurring. Content difficulty is tailored to the age group you identify during registration.

Themes covered: Different types of pets, Basic Needs of Animals, Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, Responsible Pet Ownership & Enrichment.

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New Animal Adoption Process

Caring Companions

In this one-hour virtual program, participants will learn about the basic needs of all animals and the five freedoms of animal welfare. Students will be introduced to the concepts of responsible pet ownership and apply their knowledge in a cooperative activity on the needs of companion animals. Content difficulty is tailored to the age group you identify during registration.

Themes covered: Dog body language, dog bite prevention, how to appropriately greet and interact with a dog, cat body language, and how to appropriately greet and interact with a cat.

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Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations

Ideal for at home learners, home educators and in-class educators to share information on demand with their students about the topics listed. All pre-recorded presentations are accessible for 30 days and include a small content package with purchase.

Who We Are, What We Do

  • Program Focus: Discover what an animal shelter is and all that goes into operating the Edmonton Humane Society. We will talk about different animals that have been at EHS and how you can help animals both in the shelter and in your community. You’ll even get to come along on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour or our facility!
  • Suitable Ages: All Ages – Recommended 5+
  • Themes covered: The history of EHS, animals we care for, the different departments at EHS, and an introduction to the adoptions process.
  • Run Time: Approximately 20 Minutes

Caring Companions

  • Program Focus:  Learn about the basic needs of animals and be introduced the concepts of ‘The Five Domains’ and ‘The Five Freedoms’ of animal welfare. We’ll share what responsible ownership is and how to apply this knowledge when supporting the care of companion animals.
  • Suitable Ages: All Ages – Recommended 8+
  • Themes covered: Different types of pets, Basic Needs of Animals, Five Domains & Freedoms of Animal Welfare, Responsible Pet Ownership & Enrichment.
  • Run Time: Approximately 20 minutes
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Be Kind To Animals Week – Annual Event 1st Week of May

Free 5-Day Lesson Plans For Kindergarten to Grade 6

  • Program Focus: Promoting empathy and kindness towards companion animals in elementary-age students, these free 5-day lesson plans support teachers and home educators in classrooms or virtually with celebrating Be Kind to Animals Week. Activities from the Edmonton Humane Society were developed with Alberta basic curriculum ties in mind while presenting information about animal welfare and care. Packages are grade specific and sent at no cost to registered participants.
  • Suitable Ages: Kindergarten to Grade 6
  • Themes covered: Alberta education curriculum ties linked to animal welfare topics and activities to promote empathy to companion animals in our community.
  • Run Time: Daily lesson plans with activities ranging from 15 to 45 minutes.

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