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Youth Programs

Partnering with Schools to Educate and Inspire

The Humane Rescue Alliance’s education program, established in 1987, encourages students to speak up for animals. The program introduces students to HRA as a community partner and a resource responsible for the safety and well-being of all animals in the District of Columbia.

Research shows that animal abuse can be part of a potentially lethal cycle of violence. Humane education fosters compassion, creates awareness, and empowers youth to do good putting them on a path to becoming more thoughtful, empathetic, civic-minded citizens.


School Programs

HRA’s youth programs explore ways we can work together to help animals and the people who love them. They encourage kindness, compassion, and social action prompting students to initiate, plan, and implement projects that make the world a better place for all living creatures.

Programs traditionally offered in-person are now offered virtually, providing opportunities for students to learn from HRA staff, volunteers, and other experts, plus 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 everywhere!

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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