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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Humane Education Programs Fall 2016

DuPage County Animal Care and Control's Public Education Department

Humane Heroes

Humane Heroes is a six-week after school program available to children ages 8-12. Each six-week session will focus on responsible pet ownership, safety around animals, and animal welfare, but will also incorporate topics such as; endangered animals, animal habitats,and much more!

Two sessions of Humane Heroes will be offered this fall. Each class will meet on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. for six weeks. The registration fee is $75 per child. Registration must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. A registration form (found on the right side of this page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department.

2016 Humane Heroes Session Dates:

  • Session 1: Sept. 7,14, 21, 28/ Oct. 5, 12
  • Session 2: Oct. 26/ Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30/ Dec. 7

Week 1- Pawsitive Sheltering

An in-depth look at the functions of DuPage County Animal Care & Control and a behind the scenes tour that aims to educate and answer all questions on animal welfare, overpopulation, and adoption. Help adoptable animals find a home by making an informative and creative cage card to advertise their pawsitive traits to potential adopters.

Week 2- Speaking Animal

 Animals cannot tell us with words how they are feeling, instead they use their bodies. Learning to speak animal is an important step towards safety around animals and responsible pet ownership. Animal body language will be taught through games, videos, and animal interactions.

Week 3- It's Raining Cats & Dogs

 Learn about the problem of pet overpopulation and why it is important to spay and neuter our pets. Children will learn the difference between pet stores and animal shelters, and we will work together to come up with some ideas on how to lower the homeless pet population.

Week 4- Paws, Claws, Fins, & Feathers

 Learn how to recognize the individual needs of animals and the commitments that being a pet owner entails. Responsible pet ownership will be taught through discussion, activities, and games. Spend some time with the shelter animals and decide if you are ready for a pet of your own!

Week 5-Happenin' Habitats

 Explore the different habitats of the world through educational games and activities. Learn what you can do to keep our environment happy and healthy for us and our animal neighbors.

 Week 6- Walk on the Wild Side

 Explore the wild side of the animal kingdom and take a tour of the world’s endangered species. It’s time to travel to Australia, Africa, South America, and even take a look right here at home to find the disappearing species of the world. Through discussion, stories, and video we will learn what we can do to protect our endangered species. 

Tiny Tots Tuesday

Children 4-6  (and our shelter animals!) will love hearing animal themed stories and learning about animal safety and our adoptable animals at Tiny Tots Tuesday! Story time will be held every Tuesday from 12-12:30 p.m. Guaranteed to entertain children and animals alike!

Story time will be held every Tuesday from September 6th- November 29th. Sign up for one visit of the entire session. The registration fee is $5 for a single visit or $50 for the whole series. Registration must be completed at least two days prior to the story time date you wish to attend. A registration form (found on the right side of this page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department.

Animal Tales

A once-a-week animal-themed story and activity time designed to teach children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, and animal safety. Age appropriate animal-themed stories will be read each week and a related activity or craft will be completed after.

Two sessions of Animal Tales will be offered this fall. Each class will meet on Fridays from 4-5:00 p.m. for six weeks. The registration fee is $60 per child. Registration must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. A registration form (found on the right side of this page) can be downloaded and returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department.

2016 Animal Tales Session Dates

  • Session 1: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30/ Oct. 7
  • Session 2: Oct. 14, 21, 28/ Nov. 4, 18/ Dec. 2

Girl Scout & Boy Scout Patch Program

New this Year!! DuPage County Animal Care & Control has developed a Pet Care & Animal Safety Patch Program that consists of three levels: Daisy, Brownie/Cub Scout, and Junior Girl Scout/Boy Scout. At each level, the scouts will complete (at home or during troop meetings) a variety of age-appropriate activities designed to teach him or her about being a responsible pet person. The last activity the troop will do is to visit DuPage County Animal Care & Control for a tour (please schedule a month in advance).

To schedule a tour, the troop leader should contact Humane Educator Andy Salis at 630-407-2808/ Andrea.Salis@dupageco.org. Tours require a $25 donation and are offered Monday-Friday only. DuPage County Animal Care & Control iron on patches can be purchased for $2 per patch and will be issued after the activities and tour have been completed.

If you are a Scout Troop Leader, you may download the Leaders Guides by clicking on the links below. All guides include a waiver that must be completed for each scout and submitted the day of the tour. Scouts without signed waivers will not be able to participate in the tour.

One Day Educational Events will be offered throughout the Fall season. 

 Bullied Breeds-Postponed Until October, Date TBA

First it was the Bloodhound, then the German Shepherd, the Doberman, the Rottweiler, and now the Pit Bull. Breed stereotyping has a long and painful history. Join Humane Educator Andy Salis for the DCACC Bullied Breeds educational event. Learn about the negative impact of stereotyping on both humans and animals and what we can do to stop the bullying. Pits for Patriots will be visiting to present on their use of bully breeds as service and therapy dogs for veterans. 

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Registration

Animal Education Programs

To register, please complete and return a registration form, and waiver at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the program for Humane Heroes and Animal Tales and 2 days prior for Tiny Tots Tuesday to:

DuPage County Animal Care and Control
Attn: Education Department
120 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Payment is due at time of registration