Humane Education Programs teach students how to be responsible citizens.  From caring for their families' animal companions to taking action to prevent animal suffering, students become active participants in helping animals and others.  Humane Education reinforces character development skills such as kindness, compassion, empathy and responsibility.  Enhancing a student's understanding that animals are living, feeling beings to be treated with respect and compassion is a very important lesson in empathy and respect for others. 

Principles of Humane Education:

  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Difference between right and wrong



Order free materials for your classroom:

Pets for Life: A Study and Activity Guide for High School Students and Their Teachers

Humane Teen: Your voice is their voice.  Make it HEARD!

Crafts for the Classroom CLICK HERE 

ASPCA Animalessons (Grades K - 8):

APRIL: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Pet Overpopulation

Dog Bite Prevention

In Praise of Pigeons

Humane Heroes

Working Animals

Emergency Preparedness 

Animal CSI

Animal Fighting

ASPCA Animaland Pages: Community Service Projects 

DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE offers throrough curriculum guides for K-12.  Lessons are based on kindness, respect, compassion, and responsibility.  Click HERE to access their lesson plans.


Service Learning

There are numerous opportunities to fulfill service-learning requirements with the LA/SPCA.  Click HERE to download a list of suggested activities for use in the classroom or any alternative community groups.

Teens 15 years and older can apply to become youth volunteers. Becoming a volunteer requires dedication, commitment, initiative, hard work and patience.  In order to ensure all of our animals receive the best volunteer attention, applicants will be invited for an interview prior to being accepted into the program.


Classroom Presentations

Our educational presentations are available at no cost to all educators and classrooms in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.  Topics include but are not limited to: animal safety and bite prevention, responsible pet guardianship, pet overpopulation, and Pit Bull specific presentations.  Students enjoy an opportunity to learn about these topics as well as interact with the presenter's dog in this controlled environment.  The "Show and Tail" dogs have been temperament tested and health checked before the volunteer presenter comes to the class.

If you have any questions or would like to request additional information, please contact Erica Argraves-Yaw, Youth Community Outreach Coordinator at 504-762-3321 or  


Classes at the Shelter:

Basic Companion Animal Health – What are the most common parasites and diseases dogs and cats contract? What are the symptoms? This class discusses the spread of diseases and how we can keep our pets healthy, the life cycle of parasites, and how they can be prevented, and the special health concerns of animals living in the gulf coast region.  5th  and up


Animals in the Arts- Learn about companion animal symbolism in the history of  visual art and create a dog or cat work of art. Students will also read poems with companion animal themes and then create their own. ($10 Supply fee per student) This is a Full day class limited to 12 children. 6th grade and up.


The History  and Cultural Significance of Companion Animals- This class explores the human animal bond; how animals have been treated throughout history and differing cultural views on animals. 5th grade and up. 

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"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable for the child as it is for the caterpillar." 

- Bradley Miller


"Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.  You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince


"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them." - Phil Pastoret


"The final lesson of mankind's evolution may well be that animals are sacred and deserving of our protection." - Anna Catherine Briggs


"Teach a child not to be cruel to animals and you are teaching him one of the fundamentals of human conduct." - Caroline Earle White

Animal Control

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