Did you know that you can help animals no matter how old you are? Most recently the Humane Society of Ventura County was the recipient of the generosity and kindness of one of our young supporters. After a visit to her school by Humane Educator Robin Satnick, Madison, a second-grader at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Thousand Oaks, was inspired to raise donations to help animals in need.
For Madison’s 8th birthday, she asked her friends, family, and classmates to make a donation in lieu of presents. Her parents matched every dollar raised and in total Madison was able to donate a total of $770 dollars. Madison said she chose to donate because of her love for animals and that she wants to work with them when she grows older.
Over the weekend Madison stopped by the Shelter with her family to drop off her donation and received a behind the scenes tour by the Director of Community Outreach Greg Cooper. The highlight of Madison's visit was getting to spend time with some of the puppies in the Shelter's care. Thank you, Madison and your fellow 2nd graders at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School for your donation in support of animal rescue efforts at the Humane Society of Ventura County.
Education is an important part of our mission to improve the quality of life for animals throughout our county and beyond. We have designed our school programs to teach children about responsible pet ownership as well as meeting the academic goals of schools. Our Humane Educator has several presentations including pet care and responsibility, the difference between domesticated and wild animals, kindness, safety, overpopulation, neglect, abuse, and cruelty, and the role of shelters in our society. In addition, middle and high school programs may include animal rights, the evolution of the dog through natural and artificial selection, careers with animals, or forming a Humane Society Club.
All programs are completely free and are tailored to varying ages, learning levels, and class sizes. They are about 45 minutes long and include follow-up lesson plans, visual aids, and interaction with live animals. If you would lie to learn more about our humane education program in the school please contact Robin Satnick at RobinS@hsvc.org.