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Humane Rescue Alliance

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Teenage Ambassadors In Leadership and Service
Humane Rescue Alliance TAILS

Join the Humane Rescue Alliance for a unique program that encourages high school students to develop and fine-tune leadership, fund-raising, and outreach skills to create, design, and implement sustainable projects that will benefit animals and the people who care for them.

2019 TAILS Workshops (Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)

Special TAILS Summer Session
Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Registration Open


  • Participants will attend two, three-hour sessions. Participants are expected to attend both dates; Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 workshops. 
  • Location: 71 Oglethorpe Street NW Washington, DC 20011
  • Sessions are limited to 12 participants
  • High school students grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in TAILS

We are happy to sign service learning paperwork, but it is the student's responsibility to ensure service with HRA will meet the school's requirements.


  • Why do animal shelters exist?
  • Animal Adoptions – processes and procedures.
  • Humane Law Enforcement and Field Services – who to call and when
  • Advocacy - employ social media to promote adoptions and services to maximize the impact
  • Humane Education – promote empathy in the classroom
  • Community support programs – HOPE, CatNiPP, MART, Vaccine Clinic, Spay/Neuter. True to its mission, the Humane Rescue Alliance protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. We enrich the humanity of our communities by promoting compassion and encouraging people to find joy, comfort, and companionship through the love and appreciation of animals.


  • Build leadership skills through designing, creating, and implementing projects that will benefit animals.
  • Meet other young people who are passionate about helping animals.
  • Complete outside assignments.


  • Those TAILS graduates who are 15-17 years old may be invited to participate in our Junior Volunteer (JV) program. The weekly program allows Junior Volunteers to perform non-animal handling supportive duties in the shelter. 
  • As newly minted animal ambassadors, teens will pair their love of animals with their leadership skills and knowledge of programs and services to make their community a better place for animals and the people who care for them.
  • We hope that TAILS is just the beginning of a continuing partnership and that TAILS graduates will consult with HRA staff as they pursue future advocacy efforts and create sustainable projects.

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