Forming Humane Education Clubs
and thanks to all who visit this page. By learning
the problems we face, how they came to be, their
causes and societyís shortcomings, we can better
appreciate the ways in which we all can help correct
them. By forming a humane education club, you will
learn much of this through your efforts and
experiences. We are very proud of todayís youth who
wish to learn, in order to help educate others.
Maddy and Megan
Just look at the smiles youíve put
on my girlsí faces!! You will
soon be able to put smiles on many more
of these faces!
participation of students in community service has
long been a goal in the United States. It was
specifically included in the third National
Education Goal for 2000, which states that all
students will be involved in activities that promote
and demonstrate good citizenship, good health,
community service, and personal responsibility. To
recognize those individuals who engage in community
service and to encourage more young people to serve,
the Presidential Student Service Challenge was
established in 1999. This program honors student
volunteers with awards and scholarships Write
to President's Student Service Awards, P.O. Box 189,
Wilmington, DE 19899-0189 or President's Student
Service Scholarships, 1505 Riverview Road, P.O. Box
68, St. Peter, MN 56082.
Many of your
students will express a high affinity for animals
and a desire to act to help them. There are a number
of ways you can assist your students in their
efforts to help animals. Your local animal shelter
may have a junior volunteer corps through which
students can volunteer their time.
Many animal shelters
also have wish lists. These are lists of items that
the shelter needs, such as food, towels, newspaper,
etc. If your local shelter has a wish list, your
students could hold a drive for these items at
school. If the shelter does not have such a list,
your students could hold a towel drive (shelters
always need towels), or have a bake sale, cat toy
and dog treat sale, or other type of fundraiser to
benefit the shelter. Penny harvests are a great idea
and it is amazing how much money can be collected in
this manner. Students can also make safe toys for
the cats and treats for the dogs in the shelter.
Throughout this site you are provided with ideas and
suggestions of projects, programs and ideas of how
to help the community, your school and club get
involved, learn and improve the relations humans
have with each other and our companion animals.
You can: organize and support a humane education
club in your school - much like Future Teachers Club
or FFA, etc.
This page is primarily to help your club:
*Obtain local and area media attention
*Involve the community in your efforts
*Each meeting can invite a new speaker from the
local dog pound, various rescue groups, some area
police officers, fish and game,, etc.
*Join forces with other humane ed groups over the
*Visit surrounding schools to promote starting their
own also. ( extra credit could be offered.)
*Ideas for events to inform, be seen & pass out
*A complete list of ideas for community service
projects at the bottom of the page.
We also want to help you garner additional
memberships from various groups of students. We want
the group to become an enjoyable social circle of
all sorts of students. By having a set membership
of only animal lovers, your group will not have the
basis it needs to share the information it gains,
with those who really need to hear it.
- Educate the community and how to accomplish this
(must EDUCATE your members first!) This truly
helps you organize the important issues as well as
the need to be accurate in presenting them to
others. Randy has even authored a book on how
to start a successful humane education organization
that is customizable for your community needs.
Help with community projects this helps bring
notoriety to your organization for when you need to
ask the community for its assistance or for
- Show the
importance of voting This shows how
apathy allows your representatives to
vote on issues that truly affect you and
your lives in many ways. Every
''problem'' we have in this country is
basically attributed to apathy of one
form or another.- Creative means of
reducing the number of dogs and cats
dying in your local facility, through
adoptions in the paper, giving info on
how to keep your pets. This brings
the problems to the forefront of your
members' thinking process. You've always
'heard' about the problems of
overpopulation. SEEING with your own
eyes will amaze you at the number of
good, lovable pets who will die due to
human egos and ignorance.
- Provide presentations to surrounding schools of
any age students, This not only helps with
communication skills, but with planning and
especially public speaking
- Help other high schools form humane education
clubs - can be done primarily over the internet
or with occasional group meetings, This helps with
organizational skills, professional persuasive
skills which each student will need in order to get
ahead in life. Most importantly by helping to form
another humane education club, we all win by having
additional people who are knowledgeable.
- Have an active, informative Website, This not only
allows you to communicate your message and goals to
others, but can help bring in a student from the
computer class that wouldn't normal consider
joining. Show your goals, your event dates and
locations, your success stories, your needs, the
problems of the community and how each resident can
help in the solutions. (focus on what people can do
without giving money) Everyone can learn a little
about website design. Make sure they follow through
with adding your site to some major search engines,
Facebook and other popular social media sites.
- Do off property adoptions, This is where you
negotiate with the local dog pound to take some of
their good adoptable animals who almost certainly
face death, to a community location such as a park
and give them one last chance for the residents to
see what wonderful lives are available and otherwise
would be lost to ignorance. This takes some
considerable planning and effort, but brings
unbelievable results as well as media attention to
your club. Call 21st Century Cares for more
- Take three or four members to the home football
game - each one of them caring for a dog that needs
a home. (Alternate weeks with cats) providing you
present this in a proper and professional manner,
the school will likely grant permission. MAKE SURE
YOU PROMISE TO AND THEN FOLLOW THROUGH WITH CLEAN UP
DOG"S MESSES. Make sure the pets are very social
and adoptable, before hand. Think ahead. This means
that you will have to keep the pet inside your house
for the night and return it to the pound the next
day - hopefully to be adopted by someone who saw it
at the game.
Each community has it's own parades.
Devise a creative theme to take dogs in
the parade that need to be adopted.
(green water based polka dots on the
dogs for the St Patrickís Day Parade, or
dress like the dogs, etc.) Have 2
students without dogs to have cans for
donations and walk on either side of the
street for coins and bills from the
What is difficult to see in these photos
are the green polka dots we painted on
the dogs with water colors. Not only
did we win FIRST PLACE trophy, we also
placed 18 into good homes afterwards.
- Have a booth at your county fair. This takes a
lot of organization to man the booth for all the
hours of the event. People will learn about you,
they'll learn how to help their pet, they may wish
to join, they may donate, and they may adopt a pet
you have there. Make sure to bring plenty of Jim
Willisí written pieces along as hand-outs. Youíll
need them when you hear how many people Ďhadí a pet
until something Ďtragicí happened. (the tragedy is
likely going to prove their own ignorance)
- Saturday succor games, children's events, home and
garden shows, pancake days, marathons and take a dog
(who is a running/active type) to a health club to
show the benefit and safety factor that is offered
to a female jogger when accompanied by a good dog.
Possibly get an adoption.
Work to get members to be more community
active, This will help the community to understand
some of the many problems facing them, but will also
see that there is much that should be done and that
it is up to them and then only.
- VOTE. The
single most likely reason we see so much distain and
mistrust for elected officials is a lack of
involvement on the part of the voters. An average
of 33% of eligible voters actually vote. If you
wish to make a difference in how your community,
state of federal government handles issues such as
animal overpopulation, taxes and all issues that
affect your lives, you MUST VOTE!
- Work with legislation issues, Keep abreast of the
issues and the candidates who are running for
office. Get an interview with a local representative
and ask some pointed questions about how they plan
to help change come about in the animal issues. Then
track them on their promises. Go to
- Donít be afraid to write letters. Find a cause or
situation that needs attention from the public or
your elected officials. Get a letter-writing
campaign from students in your school and let your
voices be heard. It does make a difference. Send
copies to your local animal control, television
stations and ALL newspapers.
- Help senior citizens and low-income families with
their pets, Many senior citizens and low-income
families have to relinquish a pet simply due to
their inability to drive and obtain dog food or vet
appointments. Once a month, you could pick up
donated food from local pet stores and deliver it or
make trips to vet with their pets. (This is not
ONLY a charitable opportunity for your organization,
but also an opportunity to help them improve the
care of their pets.) We wouldn't make a trip for
the food or to the vet if the family were not
willing to make some minor, but necessary changes
that would make their pet safer.
- Have fundraisers for local animal agencies or
rescues. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Do NOT raise money for
any animal group or agency that is unfriendly,
working for an agenda not related to the animals or
who isnít clean or have a good adoption rate.
Again, this helps in planning, money management,
organizational skills and public relations
- Have periodic guest speakers from animal control
and police dept to discuss problems they face in
everyday life, Local police, animal control, humane
organizations and many others would be happy to come
speak at one of your meetings. This is suggested
especially during your first 3-4 meetings, to help
the newly formed group to assemble a better idea of
what the community's needs are.
Write this up formally to become your platform and
mission statement. Research bi-laws and platforms
on the Internet
Have an art student design a logo that will work for
letterhead and website and to shirts. Again, this
helps to gain a member that may not have considered
joining the group.
The cheerleaders could do a bake sale periodically
and share the profits with your organization. They
could take a dog or cat onto the field before the
game to try and find a home for it.
The shop class could build some dog houses to be
donated to the next 10 families who give a homeless
pet a permanent, loving home.
The track team could take one day of practice and
jog with dogs from the local pound who need homes.
MEDIA LOVES THIS STUFF. Dogs and track team both
get good exercise and you may find some more homes.
(possibly a new member or two from the team.)
Have some creative writers write the opening
statement, which will make others want to navigate
through the site. You may also wish to have a form
for new members, asking what they are good at and
what they may wish to help with.
Have a math major design a tentative budget for the
first year and possible means of raising those
funds. As well as doing your best to include this
math student in all future events in an attempt to
have them join.
Have a business major write proposals for business
to sponsor a free pizza night in exchange for a nice
mention in the newspaper article, which will surely
follow. After you've just held your first big
community event, you should have had the local paper
and TV station there and that is fairly easy to do
if you know what you are doing. This will help in
obtaining a 'pizza night' or other donations you may
need, when the local businesses realize that by
helping your group, they are likely to be recognized
in the article that covers each event. That is free
advertising to them.
Ask marketing people to come up with some good ideas
to spread the word to other animal welfare clubs
This could be students or local professional
marketing people. This will help in gaining insight
on how to get important messages across.
Be creative and try to gain membership from those
who would not normally join a group such as this.
They are really the ones who will benefit the most.
This is where your social events and parties will
come in handy after big events. Only members and
their dates will receive invitations.
Call newspapers and local radio stations for stories
on your new group. Youíll likely need to be doing
something they can actually report on. You may even
be able to get a TV station to come out if you are
enthusiastic and motivated. Tell them you are trying
to get other schools to do the same and you would
like to challenge them.
See how to write a
press release at
This will be one of the most important of all your
duties. If you can't even share your learned
information with those in your own school, then you
would essentially be accomplishing little. Make
certain you get no fewer than two nice front page
articles in your school newspaper per school year,
too. These articles should be hard hitting essays to
tell the other students what youíve done, why youíve
done it and what the entire student body should know
in order to improve, but to at least be aware of
these points. The written pieces Iíve provided to
you by Jim Willis are wonderful stories with a
much-needed message as well. Begin with any of the
articles found on this site by Jim Willis or myself.
Permission is given. Get the students to 'think'
about what is happening. firstname.lastname@example.org is
a good friend of mine and is the author of "PIECES
OF MY HEART" which is wonderful reading for all in
this club as well as great handouts at your booths
and events. Also give to younger students you speak
to. Ask that they read them after you leave and
write an essay on how they think we can change these
problems (teacher will possibly offer extra credit
For fundraising, you could have the students with
pets to bring their dogs to the local pet food or
supply store during Christmas and have the public
pay $3 per photo with their kids and the Santa dog
or the reindeer dog. Have a Polaroid camera and
sell the pictures for $5. Many folks will just give
you money and walk away.
If you had these cuties out front of
your local market on an October
Saturday, you would have every kid in
the city wanting to get a picture taken
Do this with the pumpkin dog at
Halloween, with the Easter bunny dog at
Easter (with bunny ears and a 'cotton
tail") thanksgiving dog with a pilgrim
hat and turkey feathers on his rear, and
even the Oscar dog during the Academy
Awards in Hollywood. Give the dog a lot
of pearls, ear rings a lacy hat and a
trophy sitting at their side.
Have a 50ís party or dance and use the
dogs as your invitation. This was at
the Anaheim Hilton in 1995 for a 50ís
party and the girls here were the
good luck dogs for the gambling tables.
What is difficult to see in this photo
is that Maddy, on the left is wearing a
ďPEOPLE SKIRTĒ instead of a POODLE
You could set up a doggy walk a thon for the local
community. Proceeds to benefit the local animal org
and your club. To publicize this, the track team
could run dogs for the week prior with signs on the
dogs to advertise. You could even bring a few dogs
that need homes, in hopes they would get adopted.
Get the track team members to consider joining. You
do this by getting others involved and making your
events and follow-up parties FUN.
A great and very successful idea is at
Make sure that you tell your members that learning
the correct care for animals is only part of the
goals, that they need to speak out when they see
something questionable or wrong. Otherwise your
knowledge is only helpful when the pet is YOURS.
That is just to limiting for those poor animals that
are suffering at the hands of ignorant humans.
Sometimes, there are events at your own school,
which would generate income from a food booth, or
the likes. Keep your eyes and ears open for any and
all events in and around your general area Ė
especially the school and itís activities.
See what it would take to form a local doggy park in
your community. That will be a long project and will
take some follow-up, long after the students are on
to college or other things. IT would become an
ongoing project for the club. (To help maintain the
park and clean it once a month)
Be as active in the community as your membership
will allow. Make sure that all banks and veterinary
offices have information about your club and itís
goals and objectives. Also, take a couple dogs to
the local senior citizen centers for their
enjoyment. It's just really fun for everyone. Leave
brochures and tell them what you are doing. That is
a wonderful way to get practice for public speaking.
They love anything the youth do for and with them.
Make sure that events and projects are covered in
the media with Public Service Announcements, These
are 15-30 second commercials they all run free to
help community organizations to publicize their
Donít forget a newsletter. You may even include it
with the local newspaper once a month or so. You can
sell ad space to local businesses to cover the costs
of printing and distribution. Check for prices on
10,000 for example and price out several 1" X 1" ads
from dry cleaners, banks, other stores. Make sure
the newsletter is professionally done and has YOUR
information inside, not copied information from
other animal newsletters. The locals want to know
what you want to do. Let them know what you need and
how they can help without giving cold cash. A lot of
folks will give furniture, old computers, dog
supplies, provide items or services for your events
at no charge, etc.
For those who go to
HOPEFULLY YOUR BIGGEST GOAL IS TO GET OTHERS STARTED
AS WELL. IT DOES NO GOOD IF WE ONLY EDUCATE 20 KIDS
FROM THAT TOWN AND 22 FROM THIS TOWN. WE NEED TO GET
THE WORD OUT TO EVERYONE AS BEST WE CAN. OF COURSE
THE FOCUS IS ON 18YR AND UNDER, AS THOSE WHO ARE
ABOVE THAT AGE HAVE ALREADY MADE CHOICES AND
DECISIONS AND ARE DIFFICULT TO RE ADDRESS THESE
Ideas for Teachers and
Students to do as a Classroom or Club
FUNDRAISER: Choose a humane
society, animal shelter or rescue group to which
to donate the proceeds of a bake sale, car wash,
book sale or carnival. Contact the organization
and ask them for general information to
distribute to students and the public.
FORM A CLUB:
Organize an animal club that meets weekly.
Discuss animal-related topics, go on field trips
and develop community service projects.
ORGANIZE AN ANIMAL
AWARENESS WEEK: a school or
community- wide animal awareness week will help
get the message of kindness to animals heard.
GET THE COMMUNITY
INVOLVED: Ask local businesses
and the media to spread the word about caring
about animals. Organize a dog walk or wash in
your community and ask for donations or
Volunteer your time at a local animal
organization. They sure can use your help!
SPONSOR A SPEAKER:
Invite an animal expert to speak at your school.
Host the event in the evening, sell tickets and
donate the proceeds to a local humane
INFORMATION: Man a table at
school or in front of the local supermarket. Ask
the community to sign a pact to be responsible
pet owners. Display all the signatures at the
local community center.
Give out correct information about animals to
help people become more informed and
Perform a play, design a poster, create an
animal bulletin board, make a quilt, write a
newsletter or write a song about animals.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Read lots of books about animals. It will keep
you knowledgeable and accurate.
BE RESPONSIBLE PET
OWNERS: Show others how to be a
responsible pet owner by example--be one
Write letters to lawmakers and the media
expressing your concerns about animals and the
ORGANIZE A DRIVE:
Organize a toy, towel or animal food drive in
your community. Put a marked container in a high
traffic area for people to see. Give the
collected items to an animal organization.
Always know that I will be willing to speak to the
advisor, or any student regarding ways to help the
club or for projects in which they can become
21st Century Animal Resource and Education Services
or "21st Century Cares" is a 501c3 non profit
animal protection organization dedicated to
supporting and promoting various forms of humane
education in our nation's schools in an effort to
reduce the number of companion animals unnecessarily
born and lost to irresponsibility and cruel and
inhumane treatment of the same.
PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK AND USE EMAIL
Randy N. Warner
21st Century Animal Resource and Education Services
16224 North Linda Drive
Dolan Springs, AZ 86441
In 1999 Adults in this country made
decisions which ultimately
resulted in the killing of over 8
million adoptable pets.
OUR CHILDREN CAN DO BETTER if only
provided with the proper information!