Lehigh County Humane Society
640 Dixon Street
Allentown, PA 18103
A Lifesaving Animal Shelter
Humane Education Services
Humane education starts with consideration toward all living things. Part of that education process, which plays a major role in the Humane Society's work, is the debunking of the many myths that surround animals. Understanding the important role of each species - particularly companion animals - in its habitat, encourages respect for all living things.
The LCHS Education Department was formed in 1980. A team of four people from the Humane Society's board of directors spent four days at the National Association for the Advancement of Humane Education in East Haddam, Conn. gathering materials and sample curriculum guides from which to design and develop curricula to fit the humane education needs of the Lehigh Valley community.
Since 1980, the LCHS Education Department has also amassed in its library at the shelter close to 1,000 children's books that are all related to the humane treatment of animals. An annotated bibliography of children's books was then printed and distributed nationally by the HSUS to support and encourage the development of similar humane education programs in shelters throughout the nation.
After completing development of the initial curricula, the shelter hired its first teacher, Allison Evard, who launched a program that entailed conducting classes both on site at the shelter and in local schools. The shelter welcomes group tours of the facility so that students can witness the rescue work being performed firsthand.
Countless numbers of preschool and elementary school children, high school students and adults have benefited from the shelter's tailored humane education programs. Numerous research and attitude studies have shown that initiating humane education with young children has a profound effect on their subsequent awareness and sensitivities with respect to all living things.
Students and faculty from William Allen High School and Dieruff High School came to visit to learn a little bit about what it takes to run a Humane Society.
Emma Haught and her friends started a club to collect donations for the Humane Society. On February 3rd, they came to the shelter for a personal tour.
The animals enjoyed the visit of Brownie Troop 68-27. We were grateful for their donations.