Humane Education is not a new concept at all. As early as 1933, the National P.T.A. Congress issued the following statement in support of humane education:
“Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate in their relations with each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies, more humane, more law abiding, in every respect more valuable citizens.
Humane education is teaching in the schools and colleges of the nation the principles of justice, goodwill, and humanity toward all life. The cultivation of the spirit of kindness to animals is but the starting point towards that larger humanity which includes one’s fellow of every race and clime. A generation of people trained in these principles will solve their international difficulties as neighbors and not as enemies.” (From the 1933 National P.T.A. Congress)
When looking at the definition of humane education, you can’t help but think this is topic worth teaching! Many communities have the idea of humane education entrenched in their school’s curriculum already. The concept of training children to grow up to be responsible, compassionate citizens is one that every community embraces. Keep this in mind if you are a small humane society or animal control facility interested in offering humane education in your area schools and you doubt they would give you an opportunity to present educational programs. In reality, animal welfare groups have much the same goal as school districts do, and that is to train young people to extend kindness, justice, and mercy to all life which results in men and women of broader sympathies. Consider contacting your local school district, you may be surprised at their interest in having presentations on responsible pet care, safety around animals, wildlife appreciation, or even careers with animals.
Online training - free webinars!
Nobody in the field of animal welfare seems to have time to take a lunch break, much less attend a conference these days. If you need some help, but don't have the time (or money) to fly to a national conference, online webinars are a great option. Free webinars are offered on a huge range of subjects including fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, humane education, standard operating procedures, and much, much more! Webinars change frequently, so make sure to check back if you don't see what you're looking for. And don't worry, if you can't attend a scheduled webinar, many are recorded so they you can view them when it's convenient for you! Here are some of the more prominent webinar sites:
PetSmart Charities® provides free, ongoing webinars to help animal welfare organizations and individuals to learn more about current animal welfare-related topics such as grant funding, foster programs, volunteering and adoption. These webinars give your organization the chance to attend a free national conference from the comfort of your home or office and without travel expenses! All you need is a phone to call our toll-free conference number. Renowned individuals in the animal welfare field present different topics every month.
The Illinois Animal Welfare Federation is currently accepting letters of interest from representatives of organizational members to serve on the Board of Directors. Interested parties should submit letters of interest and/or resumes to the Nominating Committee Chair, Diane Spyrka at email@example.com.
Board members help the IAWF through service on one of several committees, networking with other professionals in the field, representing the association in legislative issues, and working with governmental agencies or other animal-related organizations. The Board meets quarterly on the 4th Friday of January, April, July, and October in varying locations around the state. Board membership requires that members attend at least 75% of the meetings and serve on a committee throughout the year. Expand your efforts serving the animals and people of Illinois by stating your interest to serve with the IAWF!