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About Humane Education

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


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 >

SAVE THE DATE: Registration for our 2018-2019 After-School Clubs opens Friday, July 27th, at 10am! 


Join us Friday mornings throughout the school year (September through June) from 9:30-10:30am for a story time with our humane educator. Listen to animal-themed story books, talk about animal care, and meet an adoptable ARLGP animal. Recommended age group: 3-5 year olds.

PLEASE NOTE: Story time has concluded for the 2017-2018 school year. It will resume again in the fall! Please check back late-summer for scheduling.


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 >


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: 2018 Summer Camp, enroll today >


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 Summer Camp is the purr-fect way for your animal lover to spend the summer! 2018 summer camp registration opens Thursday, March 1st. Learn more about our Unleashed Summer Camps.

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 brochure for a full list of lesson topics.

Have questions? Want to schedule an in-class visit? Contact our humane educator, Felicia Griffin, at fgriffin@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 educator, Felicia Griffin, at fgriffin@arlgp.org or (207) 517-3939.

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