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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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Dog Training

Whether you're looking to teach your old dog new tricks or start your puppy out on the right paw, our trainers are here to help.

Humane Education

Calling All Kids!

Fun Times with the Dogs and Cats

HSSW Education Programs are all about kids+dogs+cats! Led by our education team, these programs offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of all the work HSSW does to care for more than 8,000 animals every year. 

Fall 2021 Programs

Registration is now open! 

  • Kids Club | Grades 3-5

    This is the class for animal-loving kids! Each week we will explore what it takes to be an excellent pet guardian. We will become animal experts as we explore pet care, dog or cat body language and more. Our classes will include a lesson or activity, a craft or service project and of course lots of time to say hi to our resident animals! 

    Program Information 

    Grade 3-5
    Time: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15 pm
    Fee: $125/session

    Click here to Register

    Session 1 Dates: September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10  Full. Thank you!
    Session 2 Dates: January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23 
    Session 3 Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 13, 20, 27; May 4 (No classes the week of April 4 for Spring Break)


    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 all the fun with animals and necessary materials for classroom projects.

    Q. How many kids are in the program? 
    A. To ensure a quality learning environment, group size is limited to 16 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 6-8

    This class is a chance for animal loving middle-schoolers to learn more about the exciting work of HSSW. Join us each week to learn about the work of the shelter and the animals we care for. Each week will discuss a new topic, work on service projects and of course spend lots of time greeting the dogs and cats.

    Program Information

    Grade 6-8
    Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 pm
    Fee: $125/session

    Click here to Register

    Session 1 Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9 Full. Thank you!
    Session 2 Dates: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22 
    Session 3 Dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26; May 3 (No classes the week of April 4th for Spring Break)

Click here to Register

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]