Education Programs

Educating the community about animal welfare is at the core of our mission. We believe that the better educated we are about the animals in our midst, the more humane a community we can become.

Our education programs are designed for children, teens and adults, and promote respect for and understanding of animals with the aim of creating a more humane community. Children learn to approach animals safely, overcome fear of animals, and the importance of responsible pet care. Adult programs help pet owners better understand pet behavior and care, as well as a range of topics designed to help pet owners keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.

At MCHS we know how important it is to teach compassion and respect for animals beginning at a young age. Our children’s programs are designed for children ages 4 to 18.

A Boy Scout Pack and their family members came by to read to the dogs as part of their Humane Ed service project.

One of our key goals is to eliminate animal abuse and homelessness by teaching readiness for and care of pets at home, humane interactions with wildlife and other animals, and the special bond between humans and animals. Through these programs, we aim to help children develop a sense of compassion and an understanding about animals and how to respect them.

Children’s programs focus on:

  • How to approach animals
  • Body language – how to read an animal’s wishes and emotions
  • How a pet joins your family, and how to be responsible for a pet

Programs may run from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the group and the topics of interest. Programs may be tailored to the interests of curriculum of study for the specific classroom or group.  In some cases, the MCHS presenter may bring an animal to demonstrate principles of compassion and care.

Humane Education Guinea Pigs Lenny and Squiggy meet with children at an outdoor education event.

Programs may be held at MCHS between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (group sizes are limited, due to space) or at your location in Montgomery County. Programs may be scheduled on weekdays between 10 am and 7:30 pm, and must be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance.

To apply for a group presentation, please use this form.

For more information, please contact Addie Soares, MCHS Humane Educator, (240) 731-0886.

Service projects

We strongly recommend the completion of service projects as an additional, optional activity for all ages. These projects — such as conducting drives for items on the MCHS wish list — help to reinforce the importance of collaboration between the community and MCHS in caring for the homeless animals in our midst.

Donations may be delivered to MCHS daily between 11 am and 5 pm. No appointment is necessary to drop off your donations. Please be sure to ask for a donation receipt, and complete a visitor form so we can stay in touch with you.

Please coordinate service projects through our Humane Educator.

Raja reads to Zena

Reading to the animals

Children who wish to help but are too young to work with the animals directly (under 18), might be interested in our reading program.

Details available by contacting our Humane Educator.

Programs for teens continue an emphasis on compassion and empathy, and include discussions of community responsibility, projects that can help advance the goals of animal welfare, and discussions of careers working with and for animals.

Matthew T collected car loads of supplies for our homeless animals as a part of his Eagle Scout project

Specific topics include:

  • Managing the pet population to prevent animal homelessness
  • Understanding and impacting animal welfare laws
  • Scout badges and service learning projects
  • Projects that can help promote animal welfare messages
  • Why and how to commit to a pet for his or her entire lifetime
  • Respect for wildlife, and how, when, and whether to help
  • Careers in animal welfare
  • After school programs
  • Classroom visits aligned with Maryland Standards of Learning
Eagle Scout Jack S. built raised beds for our dogs.

Programs may run from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the group and the topics of interest. Programs may be tailored to the interests of curriculum of study for the specific classroom or group.  In some cases, the MCHS presenter may bring an animal to demonstrate principles of compassion and care.

Programs may be held at MCHS between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (group sizes are limited, due to space) or at your location in Montgomery County. Programs may be scheduled on weekdays between 10 am and 7:30 pm, and must be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance.

To apply for a group presentation, please use this form

For more information, please contact Addie Soares, MCHS Humane Educator, (240) 731-0886.

Please schedule your program by completing and returning our request form at least 8 weeks in advance. For questions, please contact asoares@mchumane.org or phone (240) 731-0886.

Karmyn, Jelena, Darja and Rachel of Girl Scout Troop 383 brought alot of food and toys in addition to $240.00 cash. Thank you, ladies!

Service projects

We strongly recommend the completion of service projects as an additional, optional activity for all ages. These projects, such a conducting drives for items on the MCHS wish list, help to reinforce the importance of collaboration between the community and MCHS in caring for the homeless animals in our midst.

Donations may be delivered to MCHS daily between 11 am and 5 pm. No appointment is necessary to drop off your donations. Please be sure to ask for a donation receipt, and complete a visitor form so we can stay in touch with you.

Please coordinate service projects through our Humane Educator.

One of our key goals is to eliminate animal abuse and homelessness by teaching readiness for and care of pets at home, humane interactions with wildlife and other animals, and the special bond between humans and animals.

Adult programs are designed to help participants better understand pet behavior, pet care requirements and local animal laws and ordinances, so they can keep their pets healthy, safe and out of shelters.

Volunteer Patricia shows Guinea Pig Lenny at a pet therapy session.

Adult programs could include:

  • Basics for new dog adopters
  • Understanding pet behaviors (specific to species)
  • Promoting social responsibility among corporations and their employees
  • Animal ordinances and laws that affect you and your pet
  • MCHS attendance at community programs (tabled presentations or speaking opportunities)

For more information, please contact Addie Soares, MCHS Humane Educator, (240) 731-0886.Please complete this program request form at least 8 weeks in advance to request a visit.

Addie delivers a presentation at the Germantown library about living with pets

Service projects

We strongly recommend the completion of service projects as an additional, optional activity for all ages. These projects, such a conducting drives for items on the MCHS wish list, help to reinforce the importance of collaboration between the community and MCHS in caring for the homeless animals in our midst.

Please coordinate service projects through our Humane Educator.