Humane Education School Program

Humane Education Program Volunteering

*We are looking for presenters and handlers.*

We need your help!

The school program has been visiting schools in the Ottawa area since 1990. This program teaches children about responsible pet ownership, dog-bite prevention and the role of the Ottawa Humane Society in the community. Animal welfare topics are presented Monday to Friday from October to June. A two-member team of humane education volunteers delivers a one-hour, scripted presentation that includes a short video. In addition, a temperament-tested dog is introduced in a supervised session with the children. Volunteers are responsible for either facilitating the presentation (presenter) or facilitating a visit with a temperament-tested companion animal (handler). Presentations are delivered in French and English.

May I use my pet in this program?

  • For the handler role, we are ONLY looking for handlers with their own canine companions. Dogs must be friendly towards all people and children, be a minimum of 2 years of age and successfully pass a temperament assessment here at the OHS.

Humane Education School Program volunteer requirements:

  • Comfortable handling companion animals (dogs and cats)
  • Experience working with children and/or youth
  • Able to speak in front of child and/or youth audiences
  • Knowledgeable and comfortable discussing issues related to animal care and welfare
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Able to make a commitment for at least one school year, to one, three-hour biweekly shift

Steps to Becoming a Humane Education School Program Volunteer

  • Download and complete the volunteer application
  • Return the completed application to manager: volunteers via email at volunteer@ottawahumane.ca or by fax at 613-725-5674. Ensure you specify on your application the program and position (presenter or handler) for which you are interested in volunteering.
  • Volunteers whose skills and availability match the humane education school program volunteer requirements will be contacted for an interview.
  • Following a successful interview, volunteers will be asked to submit a criminal record check and attend a scheduled orientation.

For more information contact our manager: volunteers via email at volunteer@ottawahumane.ca or by telephone at 613-725-3166 ext. 231.

We encourage you to browse our site for other volunteer opportunities at the OHS. For any questions, please contact volunteer@ottawahumane.ca. Thank you for your interest in our Humane Education School Program!

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