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Humane Education Programs

At the ARLGP, we believe that in teaching our community kids at a young age to be responsible pet owners and advocates, we are ensuring animals will be humanely treated and cared for well into the future.

At our new Arthur P. Girard Adoption Center, Humane Education takes the stage. With our new in-shelter classroom, the ARLGP now provides a full-time curriculum of programming, workshops and events for youth of all ages.

In-Shelter Programming For Kids

Upcoming & Seasonal Happenings:

Parent’s Night Out

Need a kid-free evening? Run some errands, enjoy a dinner out or a movie? Register your child for our Parent’s Night Out workshop and enjoy an evening of your own agenda.

Dates: Friday, April 5th, 5-8pm and/or Friday, May 3rd, 5-8pm
Details: This is an all-ages program. Participants will enjoy crafts, animal meet-and-greet, shelter exploration and more with our team of two humane educators. Pizza dinner is provided.
Fee: Registration is $20 per child, enroll today

Slinky’s Birthday Party!

Our humane education ambassador ferret, Slinky, is turning one and we are throwing a party! Join us for ferret-centric activities and lessons, birthday treats and lots of fun.

Date: Saturday, March 30th, 4-6pm
Details: Designed for kids in grades K-5
Fee: Registration is $5 per child, register your child now >

Shelter Easter Egg Hunt

During this one-hour egg hunt event, we will learn all about the animals the ARLGP cares for as well as meet some of our furry friends. We’ll spend time talking lots about our rabbit friends and what is needed to care for them to ensure they are happy and healthy. Easter-themed crafts and a shelter-wide egg hunt will make it a fun (and furry) time for all!

Date: 3 sessions on Saturday, April 20th: 9-10am, 11am-noon, or 1-2pm
Details: Designed for kids/families, ages toddler through elementary
Fee: Registration is $10 per child, register now >

Regularly Occurring & Year-Round Programs:

Junior Volunteer Days at the ARLGP

Our new junior volunteer days offer youth the opportunity to experience shelter life hands-on with activities and projects that support every aspect of the facility.

Junior volunteers meet on the first Saturday of the month (November through June). Each month’s session is designed for specific grade levels and meet 9am-noon with a maximum enrollment of 12 volunteers. Volunteer time will include interaction with our adoptable animals and will be led by our humane educators. Parents do not need to stay with their child during this time, however, our family day in June is intended for those parent(s) wishing to volunteer with child(ren).

Cost for participation is $5 per volunteer, per session (snack will be provided). Register Now

After-School Clubs

Do you have a student who is an animal lover, advocate and friend? Our after-school clubs are designed to give students a deeper connection to the animal welfare world, sheltering in our community, responsible pet care and more. Learn more about our after-school clubs >

Weekly Story Time for Toddlers

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland toddler story time is designed for kids 3-5 to experience the shelter hands-on through picture books, facility exploration, and animal meet-and-greet. Led by our humane education team, story time is the perfect activity for parents and caregivers of preschool-aged children.

Dates: Fridays during the school year (begins Friday, October 19th and ends Friday, June 7th)
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Fee: $5 per family, per week (paid each week by cash, or by signing up for monthly auto-charge)

PLEASE NOTE: if Westbrook schools are cancelled or off (weather, school vacation, holiday) there is no story time at the ARLGP.

NEW in 2018: auto-charge for story time attendance! By completing our auto-charge form the ARLGP will charge your debit/credit card $5 per session attended the month before. Charges will occur the first Thursday of every month.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday in the most fur-tastic way! ARLGP birthday parties include two hours of programming and festivities in our humane education classroom. Learn more and schedule your birthday party today >

Girl Scout Programs

Are you looking to earn your Pets Badge? Or your Daisy Petals? The ARLGP now offers to a 2 hour workshop that will include a tour of the shelter as well as hands on activities to talk about animal needs and animal welfare issues. After this 2 hour workshop, you will have completed all aspects needed to complete your Girl Scout Badge. Learn more about our scout programming.


Unleashed Vacation Camps

The ARLGP offers day camps during the December, February and April school vacation weeks as well as school holidays. Designed for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8, day camps give students an in-shelter experience with age-appropriate programming and activities.

Upcoming Holiday/Vacation Camp: April Vacation camp open now, learn more >

Unleashed Summer Camp

Unleashed Summer Camp is the purr-fect way for your animal lover to spend the summer. Summer camp open now, learn more >

Parents: Sign up to receive e-newsletters and notifications about humane education programming!

For Teachers & Educators

The ARLGP offers free in-class presentations, workshops and lessons to local schools covering a wide variety of animal-related topics. Our certified humane education teacher can also help you incorporate humane lessons into your teaching at any grade level. We can also help students or groups choose service/learning projects and support you through the process.

Download our Humane Education in the Classroom PDF for a full list of lesson topics provided by our educators.

Have questions? Want to schedule an in-class visit? Contact our humane education department at education@arlgp.org or (207) 517-3939.

Teachers: Sign up to receive e-newsletters and notifications about humane education programming!

Shelter Tours

The ARLGP offers shelter tours to school groups, scout groups, daycares, after-school programs and more! Tours are 30 minutes long and cover all areas of the shelter- from the dogs, cats and small animals, to the behind-the-scenes operations that keep the ARLGP running. Children learn what a shelter provides to the community, and how we care for animals in need.

Schedule a shelter tour by contacting our humane education department at education@arlgp.org or (207) 517-3939.

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