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.
Our heartfelt thanks to these members of the Honors Program Service Committee at Kutztown University who did a wonderful job removing debris from the creek behind the animal shelter! Our shelter dogs are also enjoying the homemade dog toys these K.U. student volunteers donated to the shelter a few weeks ago!
Thank you 4H club for coming in and cleaning our Cat Condo Room! Pictured above: Steven Ratmansky, Chrissy Lambert, Katie Schmidt, Meredith Williams, Abby Misselbeck, Arianna Werner, Hannah McDonnell, Dr. Rigler and Dr. Weber.
On Friday, May 22nd, five classes of first graders visited the Dixon Street animal shelter. Their "behind the scenes" tour gave them a clear understanding of the many ways our Humane Society serves the community and its homeless pets!
We were delighted to be a part of the Dodd Elementary School's First Grade Community Walk!