The Humane Society of Montgomery County's Humane Education Program is curriculum-integrated, positive in its approach and designed to complement the overall goal of education.
What is Humane Education?
HSMC's Humane Educator makes presentations to hundreds of school children throughout Montgomery County each year. Presentations range in educational levels from Pre-K to Junior High with specific lesson plans. For grades 9-12, please contact our Humane Educator for further instructions. Our focus is on teaching children:
The value of kindness.
Respect for animals and the environment.
How to properly care for animals.
The way animals behave.
The consequences of irresponsible behavior towards animals.
Schedule a FREE Education Class
If your school or organization is in Montgomery County and would like to schedule a class or request more information, contact HSMC's Humane Educator at (936) 441-4762 or (936) 441-HSMC or email Info@HSMC-TX.org
General Course Information
K-6 grade sessions are 45 minutes long. However, they can be modified to fit your schedule. Each lesson is broken up into three 45-minute sessions. If your group completes all three sessions, each child receives a certificate from the Humane Society for "Caring for Animals." Pre-school sessions are 30 minutes. Studies have shown that more than one visit is more effective, but if you are unable to fit two or three sessions in, we will accommodate your request.
Programs for higher grades (high school and college), groups and organizations are offered.
We prefer to see all classes in each grade when we visit your school and will be happy to work with your science or physical education teacher or your librarian.
We request that a teacher always be present during sessions.
Adoption center and shelter tours can be arranged.
There is no charge for Humane Education courses. We will be more than happy to supply you with an HSMC Wish List if your school or group would like to donate needed animal supplies. One is available on our website's How You Can Help page.
HSMC would be happy to participate in your career day.
Educational Course Offerings
Pre-School and Kindergarten
Making Friends with Animals
Session 1: SHHHHHHHHH!
Perception of animals as friends. How to safely approach and pet an animal. Being quiet around animals and knowing when to leave them alone.
Session 2: Butterfly Dust
Making friends with backyard creatures by looking at them, learning about them and leaving them alone. An "act-it-out" adventure.
Learning to Care for Pets
Session 1: How to Pet Pets
Learn about being slow and quiet with animals. How to approach pets and how to pick up and hold them. How to act around dogs you do not know
Session 2: Your Animal's 2nd Best Friend
The role of the veterinarian is discussed. Understanding your pet's needs. When to see the vet. How littering can harm pets and wildlife.
Session 3: Caring for Kitty
A flannel board activity about cat care that sorts out the truth about cats.
You Can Make a Difference
Session 1: Pets Need Good Manners Too!
All about responsible pet care including proper training, grooming and health care. Emphasis on the need to teach pets the "rules of the house" so that they will be welcomed family members.
Session 2: Extinct is Forever
Each day one plant or animal life form is gone forever. This session focuses on the relationship between man, plants and animals. A look at how our own actions and small changes in behavior can help save animals.
Session 3: Cats have Nine Lives... or Do They?
Examining myths and facts about cats. An in-depth look at the many common misunderstandings surrounding cats.
Pets Need People
Session 1: Wild Animals, Pets and People
Wild animals find their own homes, food and water while people make theirs. Pets can do neither and depend on people for all of their needs.
Session 2: One Easy Way to Help All Pets
Benefits of spaying and neutering and how it helps all animals and people. In 1st grade no mention of reproduction, euthanasia, or humane birth control.
Session 3: How to Be a Good Dog Owner
A flannel board activity on basic dog care. Caring for your pet can be fun!
How to Talk to Animals
Session 1: Can Animals Talk?
A look at how animals communicate. Promotes the understanding that animals are interesting, intelligent beings that deserve our respect.
Session 2: What Would My Dog or Cat Like to Tell Me?
How dogs and cats communicate with people. Pet overpopulation and spaying and neutering are discussed.
Session 3: Choosing the Perfect Pet
Looks at the issue of keeping wild animals as pets and teaches how to choose the right pet.
Think of Animals as Friends
Session 1: Should You Eat a Hot Dog... or Give It Water?
How we think of animals affects how they're treated. Should we think of pets as toys, guards, exterminators or wild animals, or should we think of them as friends? Includes pet overpopulation, spaying, neutering, and euthanasia.
Session 2: If a Dog Were Your Teacher
Compares the many similarities between people and pets. Not just their physical needs, but also their feelings. Pets want many of the same things that we want: attention, to have someone to love, to be loved, and to have fun.
Session 3: Sharing the Earth with Other Animals
Examines the role that animals play in the web of life and how we need to protect the balance. Discusses the importance of preventing extinction.
Our Society Has Choices
Session 1: History of the Animal Welfare Movement
How and why did laws for protecting animals come about and when? How are animal protection issues related to others like child abuse? An interesting historical perspective is reviewed.
Session 2: Animal Issues
A look at how animals are used in our society. Topics like fur ranching, factory farming and animal experimentation will be discussed. This program begins with a discussion of facts and values stressing that how we treat animals is largely a matter of personal choice.
Session 3: The Value of Animals
Explores the plight of abandoned animals in today's "throw away" society. Society's attitude results in the treatment animals receive, but does that attitude have an effect on society's morals and other values?