Classroom Presentations  

About Humane Education in the Classroom

Free presentations in English and French for elementary, intermediate and high school students

Why Teach Humane Education in the Classroom?

Humane Education delves into something that all kids love — animals! The OHS’s Humane Education Program:

  • Untitled-1promotes and encourages character development by promoting respect and empathy toward people, animals and the environment;
  • assists children in developing compassion, a sense of justice and a respect for the value of all living beings;
  • provides the knowledge and understanding necessary for children to resolve conflict situations and make responsible choices;
  • fosters a sense of responsibility on the part of children to make choices and act upon their personal beliefs.

Our Humane Education program is inclusive, and meant for children and youth of all abilities.

FEE: All humane education presentations are complimentary and intended to aid current curriculums. We happily accept donations — both financial and in-kind. For in-kind donation ideas, please visit our Wish List.

Do you teach students who are new to Canada? Ask us about our presentation for Newcomer students.

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Humane Education Elementary and Intermediate School Program

Available in English and French

The Ottawa Humane Society has delivered its successful, in-school program to students for many years. This program brings animal-awareness into Ottawa area classrooms through age-appropriate presentations exploring animal welfare topics and responsible pet ownership. In addition, we offer Dog Buddies, which is a popular Grade 1 and 2 bite prevention partnership program between the City of Ottawa Public Health Department and the OHS.

Education sessions are conducted on request from the teacher or school. A two-member team of volunteer humane educators is available, Monday through Friday, during regular school hours. Each presentation lasts approximately one-hour. When possible, presentations include a safe, ‘hands-on’ introduction to a temperament-tested, companion dog. In addition, relevant handouts are provided to each child.

To book a presentation, contact the coordinator: humane education at 613-725-3166 ext. 235 or at humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca or fill out our humane education request form. Pour réserver une présentation, communiquez avec notre coordinatrice : éducation en bien-être animal au bienetreanimal@ottawahumane.ca ou au 613 725 3166, poste 204.

Presentations We Offer at the Elementary and Intermediate Level

GRADE 1: “Let’s Learn About Cats and Dogs” Students learn about responsible pet care and the needs of cats and dogs. *40 minutes *Disponible en français*

GRADES 1 & 2: “Dog Buddies” (Video – Bite Free: Playing it Safe with Dogs)” Students learn how to safely approach a dog and explore bite-prevention tips through role-playing scenarios. *Disponible en français*

GRADE 3: “Are You Ready for a Pet?” (*PowerPoint) Students learn about factors to be considered before choosing a pet. A pet survey and graphing activity are also done about the students’ pets (time permitted). *Disponible en français*

GRADE 4: “Too Many Cats and Dogs” (*PowerPoint) Students learn about the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs to control the population problem. *Disponible en français*

NEW GRADE 4: “Co-existing with Urban Wildlife” (*PowerPoint) Students learn about wildlife conflicts as they relate to our shared habitat and work together to develop solutions to common issues involving urban wildlife in our community. *Disponible en français*

GRADE 5: “Creating a Pet-Friendly Community” (*PowerPoint) Students learn how to be responsible pet owners by providing for a pet’s needs and respecting animal control by-laws in the community. *Disponible en français*

GRADE 6: “Welcome to the Ottawa Humane Society” (*PowerPoint) Students learn responsible pet ownership and the role of the Ottawa Humane Society in the community. In addition, the topic of animal neglect and cruelty is explored. *Disponible en français*

GRADE 7: “Circus Animals: Entertainment or Exploitation?” (*PowerPoint) Students learn about the reality of circus animal cruelty. In addition, the topic of animal-free circuses will be discussed. *Disponible en français*

GRADE 8: “The Ugly Truth: Cosmetic and Personal Care Product Testing on Animals” (*PowerPoint) Students learn about the cruel reality of cosmetic and personal care product testing on animals. Humane testing alternatives are also examined. *Disponible en français*

The Humane Education High School Program

Available in English and French

Each year, the OHS has many inquiries from youth interested in animal welfare, including those looking for volunteer opportunities or to explore a future animal-related career. Their interest prompted the OHS to expand our popular, existing program to include high schools. By reaching today’s youth, the OHS hopes to increase critical thinking about responsible pet ownership and to promote young people’s involvement in animal welfare, ensuring a brighter future for tomorrow’s animals, in our community!

Education sessions are conducted on request from a teacher or school. A two-member team of volunteer humane educators is available during regular school hours. Each PowerPoint presentation lasts approximately one hour. When possible, presentations include a safe, hands-on introduction with a temperament-tested dog.

To book a presentation, contact the coordinator: humane education at 613-725-3166 ext. 235 or at humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca or fill out our humane education request form. Pour réserver une présentation, communiquez avec notre coordinatrice : éducation en bien-être animal au bienetreanimal@ottawahumane.ca ou au 613 725 3166, poste 204.

Presentations We Offer at the High School Level

Animal-Related Careers: Students explore the field of animal-related careers. They will learn about various hands-on, customer service and administrative/managerial positions, related to animal care and welfare. *Disponible en français*

Understanding Animal Cruelty & the Link to Interpersonal Violence: Students learn about animal cruelty and how it is addressed by the OHS. In addition, the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence (spousal abuse, child abuse, elder abuse) will be explored. *Disponible en français*

Spoiling Our Appetites: An Introduction to Food Animal Welfare: Students will learn about the issues surrounding the housing and treatment of food animals in Canada, with a goal of creating conscious consumers who are able to make informed decisions regarding food/shopping/diet and become advocates on this topic. *Disponible en français*

Profit Puppies: Exploring Puppy Mills: Students will learn about the history and conditions of puppy mills, how the OHS is addressing this issue, as well as the importance of responsible animal adoption and advocacy on this topic. *Disponible en français*

The Ugly Truth: Cosmetic and Personal Care Product Testing on Animals: Students will learn about the cruel reality of cosmetic and personal care product testing on animals. Humane testing alternatives will also be discussed. *Disponible en français*

Co-existing with Urban Wildlife: Students learn about urban wildlife conflicts as they relate to human intrusion and habitat loss. In addition, the role of government responsibility at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, problems with live-trapping/relocation, caring for orphaned animals and humane wildlife prevention tips will be examined. *Disponible en français*

What Teachers and Students Are Saying

“Important information for children…part of the curriculum…fantastic!”

– Mandordale Public School

“It was really interesting, educative and you keep the attention of the students…”

– Agincourt Public School

“I really enjoyed this presentation…you did a great job!”

– Gr. 11 student @ Colonel By Secondary School

“Thanks! Great presentation…”

– Gr. 10 student @ All Saints Catholic High School

To book a presentation, contact the coordinator: humane education at 613-725-3166 ext. 235 or at humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca or fill out our humane education request form. Pour réserver une présentation, communiquez avec notre coordinatrice : éducation en bien-être animal au bienetreanimal@ottawahumane.ca ou au 613 725 3166, poste 204.