Adoptables Art: Pet Painters Program Connects Students with Shelter Animals PAHS partners with local school district art departments to connect young students with shelter animals through the visual arts. Under the guidance of school art teachers, students learn how to recognize the essence of another being, and their soulful paintings help promote the adoption of dogs and cats in local shelters. Through Adoptables Art, students become humane advocates, empathizing with the animals they draw and paint. View Art Gallery
Animal Appreciation: A Series of Discussion Sessions for Middle School Students PAHS humane educators lead a series of three to four discussion sessions, usually one session per week, with middle school students who want to learn more about animals and participate in activities designed to prepare them for the skills they will need in high school. Within the framework of a team approach, students analyze data with a critical eye, develop debate strategies, and participate in debates as well as have the opportunity to meet PAHS animal ambassadors.
Critter Club: A Series of Lessons and Activities for Young Students PAHS’ Education Ambassadors bring a variety of animals and lessons directly to the classroom. Children and teachers have the opportunity to interact with the animals and learn about animal care, neighborhood animals, and wild animals. Each child receives recognition of his or her participation with a Critter Club certificate. Additionally, take-home lessons encourage family discussion on kindness to animals and on building healthy, happy neighborhoods and communities. Critter Club can be offered in an in-class or after-school program.
PAHS Original Books for Children: PAHS’ library features original PAHS-produced books for children. Saving Travis tells a true rescue tale. Trees Are Never Lonely emphasizes the connections among people, animals, and the world of trees, and comes with an audio version. Both books are available in English and Spanish. Our third book, Snapshot, includes stories, international essays, and resources on the welfare of donkeys around the world. PAHS’ books are coming soon on Amazon and are available now for sale from the PAHS office (650-424-1901). For activities and lessons built around the themes of the books; click on the titles below. These are perfect for teaching and learning at home.
Kiddies 2 Kitties: Animal Shelter Reading Program PAHS provides the books, local animal shelters provide the cats, and local schools help children connect with this program that gives children the opportunity to read to cats (and dogs and other animals) at the shelter. The program is good for shy, underdeveloped readers and other special needs students who would benefit from helping to socialize shelter animals. Kiddies 2 Kitties is not only for young readers, but also for middle-school and high-school students who want to learn more about the animal shelter and how to socialize the animals. All kids love it! And the animals have companionship for a brief interlude and the opportunity for adoption. Find out about the PAHS– SVACA (Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority) partnership promoting this program to different kinds of students. Download PDF Presentation