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Q: Do any public schools have any animal education classes?

March 3, 2009 | By Tammy C. | 26 answers | Expired: 2044 days ago

Tammy C.

I was just thinking how many schools actually educate children on the proper way to care for animals. We all know that the kids are the future. And how many shelters consider visiting schools to educate or is this even an option for them? I wonder why we as parents can not push the issue in the schools even if it is part of a home education class it would be a strat. Has anyone else ever thought about this?

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Bridgett A.
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Mar 03, 2009

I am a teacher and our school does a small degree of animal education because we have therapy dogs in each elementary classroom. However, our day is so full of content that trying to add something like animal education will likely not occur. I am a proponent of educating our children within the context of the family or community for things like this. I love that our minor league ballpark has a Humane Society Day. I like that our local rescue groups are visible at all of the festivals and parades. I'd like to see more creative ways to publicize and educate our children about animals in need.

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Habitat f.
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Mar 03, 2009

Habitat for Horses has a Pennies for Ponies program that educates the kids about caring for horses and the responsibility of owning a pet, then we bring a horse to visit them at the school ;)

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Jessica L.
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Mar 03, 2009

In my school we have a pre- vet coarse which teachs the children about taking care of animals and what kinds of animals there are. I think that the pre- vet coarse is excellent for shildren to learn about that kind of stuff so they can be prepared in the future.

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Marylee B.
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Mar 03, 2009

A great idea especially for the elementary group...also a great way for humane societies to get involved in the local school. It would also be a good idea for middle schools perhaps to have some visits to talk about training. This way the young teens can learn to help out more with the pets they may have at home or to try something new with their pets. Some teens may feel that a pet becomes a "chore" and by giving them some training ideas or ways to work and play with their pets it could be more enjoyable and not seen as a "chore"

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Kpb8691
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Mar 03, 2009

avon school does not but what a great idea

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Jody N.
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Mar 03, 2009

I am a teacher and it seems that teaching animal education varies from classroom to classroom. The Science curriculum regarding animals is geared around species classifications, habitats, instincts (migration,etc). Some teachers make it a priority to talk about animal care, conservation,etc. It is always good to check with your local shelters often they will classes come visit or they will come to your school and talk to the kids.

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MaxxieBrown
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Mar 03, 2009

I know many classes that keep small animals, IE., fish, gerbils, hermit crabs. There is an occupational career center located in my town that is available to many counties. The students are 11th and 12th grade and attend for half days. Of the many programs to choose from one is Animal Science. They have many animals on site mostly farm animals and they must care for them throughout the school years. I believe during the summer the get adopted out. I recently found out that they also have many cats that they tend to and find homes for.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 03, 2009

Our local shelter came into the school I work at and visited my class & 1 other classroom. They brought a dog with them & taught the children how to behave around the dog & how to treat the dog. Some of the kids were scared, some weren't. It's a great program.

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Katsrule
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Mar 03, 2009

Our shelter has an education program where they go into the schools...very popular program!

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Veronica L.
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Mar 03, 2009

Such a great idea!

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