Humane Education & Youth Program

Teaching children respect & kindness for all living creatures.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami 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.


Walter Aguilera-Valdes

Walter grew up in Miami and attended FSU for his Bachelor’s in Literature and Master’s in Education. Upon finishing Graduate school, he began to work abroad; from Peru in South America, to Saudi Arabia and China in Asia, Walter has been a Teacher, Director of Studies, and Adjunct Lecturer in three different continents. He now joins us as our new Youth & Education Program Coordinator and is very, very excited to make an impact with his passion and warmth. Walter’s inspiration to work with humane education & animals undoubtedly stems from his love and admiration of his sister Indy, who is an avid shelter volunteer and profound animal lover. As for his hobbies, Walter enjoys traveling, consuming fiction, playing board games, skydiving, and scuba diving.

James Wildman

James has been the Humane Educator for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida since 2007. Each year, he speaks to over 10,000 people, teaching youth and adults the importance of being kind toward animals. James has worked with youth for over 20 years. He enjoys creating presentations and activities that encourage critical thinking and challenge people of all ages to build a better future for humans, animals, and the environments we share. James has been invited to present throughout the U.S. and other countries as well, including Norway, Canada, Australia, and Argentina. His 101 Reasons to Go Vegan video has been translated into over a dozen languages and has over a million views on YouTube and over 43 million views on Facebook. He holds a master’s degree in education and has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

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 or email

  • If you leave a message, please include the date you would like to schedule a program for and a convenient time for us to return your call.
  • Due to the number of program requests we receive, please try to schedule programs at least one month in advance.
  • Programs are available Monday through Friday. Unless otherwise noted, programs usually last thirty to fifty minutes.
  • You can also schedule a presentation and tour of our shelter, however, the group size is limited to 30 students or less.

Summer Camp

    • We can’t wait to host your children at our Humane Education Camps! Registration is open for Summer Camps here in HSGM. Children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 will enjoy a week of exciting activities including a shelter tour, pet treat & toy-making, lots of arts and crafts, meeting shelter pets, lessons on the humane treatment of animals, and much more!

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