KWSPHS Update on Community Programs & Education

Hello Humane Society friends!

We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from our community over the past few weeks. Thank you! It makes a tremendous impact on our work when we have our community behind us.

As our local schools and programs remain closed, we have been getting creative on how we in turn can support YOU!  

In an average year we connect with over 25,000 students and bring our animal welfare lessons to classrooms in both Waterloo Region and Perth County. Our curriculum based lessons teach students about safety with pets, pet overpopulation, being humane and more, in an effort to build the next generation of kind, compassionate and responsible pet owners. As a result of COVID-19, we have not been able to support as many classrooms as we’d like, so we have developed some worksheets for students to use at home. We have launched the page today and you can find our first resources hereStay tuned as we continue to add more to this list. 

Sadly, our community programs have also been affected. Programs like Vets in Training, dog training classes, paint nights and birthday parties have all been cancelled or postponed. These programs provide fun ways for our community to learn about the humane society and animal welfare, and get to meet likeminded people. We were sad to postpone our Spring programming so we have been curating some “Fun for at Home” resources to pass the time. Our new webpage has resources such as colouring books, activity sheets, crafts,  videos and virtual tours of zoos and aquariums from some of the most well-known facilities in North America. You can find all of our “Fun For at Home” resources here.

We hope that you enjoy these items from our education and community program departments! Of course we would much rather be seeing everyone in their classrooms and the centres, but this is the next best thing to keep us all connected while at home.  

We continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and provide updates on our website. Of course, if you have any questions during this time, please browse our website or call 519-745-5615.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported our animals during this time. If you’d like to make a donation to support our life-saving efforts, please click here to either donate or to purchase items off of our wishlist, click here. Together, we can ensure that the animals in our community have the support they need.

Kathleen McCaughey, Community Programs Manager
Kelsey Metz, Community Engagement Coordinator - Education