The HSPC conducts humane education through its workshop series, visits to public and private schools, informational booths at community events, presentations to civic and youth organizations, and with individual counseling for new pet owners. It is our mission to emphasize the benefits and importance of responsible pet ownership. Experience needed: Public speaking, organizational skills, and a willingness to educate others about animal health and issues helpful.

Calling all teachers! If you are looking for ways that your students can help our community's homeless animals while learning lessons of compassion and responsibility, then consider having the Humane Society of Polk County's education department and "Rusty" pay your class a visit or take a field trip to our shelter.

Shelter Tour

This lesson invites children to attend a tour of our facility and learn how they can help orphaned pets and the Humane Society of Polk County. During the tour, children learn how the shelter staff and volunteers care for our homeless animals and help them get adopted. A Power Point presentation accompanies the tour for students.

Dog Bite Safety & Responsible Pet Ownership

Since children account for more than half of all dog-bite victims, this lesson will teach kids how to protect themselves around pets in their neighborhoods. We will teach them how to interact with animals safely, including their own pets, friends' pets and strays.  We will also teach them how to be a responsible pet owner.  A video is included.

Paws to Read

Paws to Read Therapy dogs are available to come to your school to assist with your reading programs.  The children sit with the dogs and read them stories to improve their reading skills. 

This program is sponsored in part by The Give Well Foundation and The Marlene Duffy Young Memorial Fund.  

For more information related to any of these programs, please call 863-324-5227. Please call ahead to reserve your child's spot. >