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We care for more than 8,000 animals annually and couldn't do it without our incredible volunteers!

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Humane Education

Calling All Kids!

Fun Times with the Dogs and Cats.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, all youth programs have been suspended. Please check back here for updates.

HSSW Education Programs are all about kids + dogs + cats! Led by our education team, these programs offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Once-monthly sessions include fun and educational lessons, games, activities, crafts, and (of course) some hands-on time with our shelter animals! 

Looking for summer programs? Click here. 

  • Kids Club | Grades 3-6

    Kids Club members learn about a variety of different animals, the importance of responsible pet ownership, and discover what it takes to care for more than 8,000 animals annually. Check out our FAQ for more information.

    Program Information 

    Grade 3/4 
    Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
    Dates: 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 1/8, 2/5, 3/4, 4/8, 5/6

    Grade 5/6 
    Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
    Dates: 10/9, 11/13, 12/11, 1/15, 2/12, 3/11, 4/15, 5/13

    *Registration closed for 2019/2020 school year. Check back, summer 2020.


    Q. What is an average session like? 
    A. Great question! Each Kids Club session begins with time saying hello to the dogs and cats. Then we head back to the classroom for education and a craft project.

    Q. Do the kids get to spend time with animals? 
    A. Of course! Every day starts with a "hello" to our shelter animals and many of our lessons involve interactions with animals as well. When possible, we also have a dog or cat (or special guest animals) join us in the classroom.  

    Q. What should my child bring? 
    A. Just themselves! We provide a healthy snack option and all the necessary materials. 

    Q. How many kids are in the program? 
    A. To ensure a quality learning environment, group size is limited to 22 in each session.

    Q. This is like volunteering, right? 
    A. Not quite. Our volunteer opportunities for youth start at age 14 with our teen volunteer program. Kids Club is an education program and kids will have lots of fun while learning about HSSW, but it's not volunteering.

  • Humane Academy | Grades 7-8

    Guided by our staff, students engage in a number of hands-on experiences in Humane Academy. Not only will they learn what we do at HSSW, they'll learn how we do it! It's a great opportunity for kids interested in becoming teen volunteers to learn more about the world of HSSW.

    Program Information

    Grade 7/8 
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Dates: 9/25, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18
    Fee: $100

    *Registration closed for 2019/2020 school year. Check back, summer 2020.

Questions? Please contact us and we'll be in touch.

Scholarship Program

We think HSSW education is important for kids. Sometimes, finances can be a barrier to participation. We offer a limited number of reduced-fee registrations to children in homes with financial barriers to participation.

To Apply:

Complete the fields below and a member of our education team will follow up with more information. 

Thank you to program sponsor, VCA Animal Hospitals for supporting our youth programs!

Questions? Please contact: 

Education Team
[email protected]