Teachers' Corner

Humane Education examines the relationship between humans and animals. It helps children to develop kindness, sensitivity, empathy, appreciation and responsibility toward all living creatures.

The Ottawa Humane Society has delivered its successful school program for students throughout Ottawa for many years. The Humane Education Program (Grades 1 to 12) consists of presentations on a variety of animal welfare topics and responsible pet ownership.

Our program aims to motivate youth to be empathetic, respectful and kind towards all living things, big and small. Through our humane education initiatives we strive to prevent future neglect, cruelty and abandonment of furry friends, by emphasizing the value of respect and responsibility for all animals.

Teachers can book a two-member team of volunteer humane educators to come out to your classroom this year, completely free of charge! Our humane education presentations enhance the existing curriculum, last approximately one-hour, and when possible, involve a supervised interaction with one of our temperament-tested companion animals. 

We offer presentations in both English and French for all learning abilities, with special presentations available for special needs or newcomer groups!

Looking to do more with your students? The OHS also offers an on-site Field Trip Program! Field trips are three-hours in length, which includes a half-hour lunch break for students. For more information about this program please visit: http://www.ottawahumane.ca/youth-programs/teacher-resources/field-trip-program/. 

To book a humane education presentation, please fill out our online booking request form.

For more information please contact the coordinator: humane education at humaneeducation@ottawahumane.ca, or (613) 725-3166 ext. 235.

For information about field trips, or other child and youth programs, please contact the supervisor: programs at (613) 725-3166 ext. 298, or fill out our online booking request form/.

Activity Sheets

Feel free to use our printable activity sheets before or after any of our presentations. They complement each of our presentations and are a great learning tool for any classroom!