Humane Rescue Alliance

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Humane Education

Partnering with Schools to Educate and Inspire

Our humane education program, established in 1987, encourages students to speak up for animals rather than accept the role of passive observers. The program introduces students to the Humane Rescue Alliance as a community partner and resource responsible for the safety and well-being of all animals in the District of Columbia.

Research shows animal abuse is part of a potentially lethal cycle of violence. By providing children with positive animal interactions and the knowledge on how to properly intervene, humane education not only empowers children to do good, but also puts them on a path to becoming more thoughtful, empathetic, civic-minded citizens.


School Programs

The Humane Rescue Alliance's school programs target elementary and middle school students. Participants learn about our organization, our programs, and how we help animals and the people who love them. Programs, traditionally offered in person, are now offered virtually, providing opportunities for students to learn from our staff, volunteers, other experts, and meet animals up close on their computer screens.

Humane education, one of the core tenets of social and emotional learning, fosters a sense of self-awareness and the understanding and management of emotions and empathy for others. Through literature, games, activities, videos, and thoughtful conversations, HRA’s youth programs encourage kindness, compassion, and social action.

HRA’s humane education programs can be scheduled as virtual visits to classrooms, after-school programs, scout troops, and other youth groups interested in making their community a better place for animals and people. In addition, students, families, and educators are invited to explore HRA’s virtual Animal Academy with online learning lessons, resources and readings, videos, and more.

For information on our Humane Education Program, please contact Debbie Duel at [email protected].

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