|Humane Education Programs|
The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet believes that the building of a more kind, just and loving community for the pets and people of Miami-Dade County begins with instilling the values of kindness and compassion. At public and private schools, scouting troops, special needs groups, local libraries, various community youth organizations as well as adult organizations, the Humane Society of Greater Miami teaches the young and old appropriate lessons about kindness to animals, empathy, responsible pet care and the causes and results of pet overpopulation. If you would like to request a humane education speaker to visit your child's classroom or scout troop, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this page.
Lisa Depriest, our humane educator and her four-legged teaching companion, Sparky, have shared knowledge & enriched lives of thousand of children and students this year. “As the school year comes to an end, I like to look back and reflect on what stood out the most during my visits. One school in particular really surprised me because there was not one student or adult that knew, or had even heard of, what a microchip is. It was a real eye opener about the serious importance of our educational program in the community and it was an absolute joy to educate them on the importance of having an ID for their pet." said Lisa. "We, who are working in the pet-related business, sometimes take our knowledge for granted and when you realize that there are so many members of our community that really do not share that knowledge, it feels so satisfying and rewarding to educate them. Everyone I met on my educational visits really had a sincere interest in the well being of their pets, but had never been introduced to most of the things we teach them (microchips, heartworm prevention, spay & neuter, to name just a few). Many people also aren’t aware that there are low cost clinics available, as the one at our North and South location and I am glad to pass that information along. So far, 2012 was a very successful year. We have educated 802 adults and 8,732 children for a total of 9,534 people and it is only June!"
17th Annual H.O.P.E. Contest
Many studies have shown that while we are taking care of our pets, our pets are taking care of us. Pets provide companionship and many health and safety benefits. The Humane Society of Greater Miami, and Miami-Dade Animal Services want to make sure all pets get the love and care they deserve. The H.O.P.E. contest includes participants from grades 3-8. Click here to learn more about H.O.P.E. contest.
Be Kind to Animals Contest
Be Kind to Animals Contest is an annual contest that honors the unique relationship between animals and humans. For the past 12 years, we have been encouraging our young community to learn about animal issues and to be especially kind to animals. The contest is for the 9th through 12th graders who previously were not included in this contest or the H.O.P.E contest. Participants must be students of Miami-Dade County, currently attending public or private school. Click here to learn more about this contest.
Click here or on the image above to view some of the submitted artworks.
To Schedule a Humane Education Program
To schedule a visit from the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Education Department, please call 305-749-1820 between 9am and 5pm weekdays.