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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. 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. Our humane education program fosters compassion, encourages exploration of thought and emotions, and motivates students to actively engage in their community.  Humane education not only creates awareness, and empowers children to do good, but it also puts them on a path to becoming more thoughtful, empathetic, civic-minded citizens.


School Programs

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. HRA’s youth programs encourage kindness, compassion, and social action.

The Humane Rescue Alliance's education programs introduce students to our many programs. It explores ways we can work together to help animals and the people who love them. Programs traditionally offered in-person are now offered virtually, providing opportunities for students to learn from HRA staff, volunteers, other experts, and meet animals up close on their computer screens.

HRA’s humane education programs can be scheduled as in-person visits locally or 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 Washington, DC, and around the world. 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  [email protected].

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