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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

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). More dates to come in the Fall 

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. More information on our 2019-2020 after-school clubs to be released in September.

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. Our last session will be held on Friday, June 7th. Story time will resume again in the fall.
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 canceled 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 on 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 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.

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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