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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Humane Education Programs 2019-2020

For more information on programs available at Animal Services or to schedule a tour or classroom visit please contact Andy Salis at 630.407.2808 or Humane.Education@dupageco.org.

Animal Themed Presentations

Let us bring the education to you. The DCAS Humane Educator is happy to provide off-site presentations on a variety of topics (see list below). Presentations can be customized for the age, interests, and needs of the audience. For more infomation or to schedule a presentation please contact the Humane Education Department at humane.education@dupageco.org or 630-407-2808.

Suggested Presentation Topics

  • Living with Wildlife
  • Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family
  • Dog Body Language and Safety
  • Setting Up a Home for a New Pet
  • Rabbits as Pets
  • Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Dog Training
  • Solving Common Behavioral Problems in Dogs
  • Solving Common Behavioral Problems in Cats
  • How to Select a Pet Care Professional (pet sitters, dog trainers, etc…)
  • The Importance of Adopting: Why We Should Say No to Pet Stores

 

Pet First Aid & CPR Certification 

This course teaches first aid techniques to address the most common emergencies that can occur with small and large dogs as well as cats.  This course will train you to notice abnormalities and detect early warning signs in pets. You will also learn essential pre-vet care and life saving techniques for those times when immediate action can make all the difference. Taught by a ProPet Hero Pet First Aid & CPR Certified Instructor this is a five hour course. At the end participants will hold a certification in Pet First Aid & CPR. 

Course dates and times are listed below. This is a one day, five hour course. The registration fee for this program is $100 per Person. The class is open to a maximum of twelve people and will run with a minimum of six.  A registration form  (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and must be returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the course.  

Pet First Aid & CPR Courses

  • Sunday, November 17th, 10am-3pm
  • Sunday, January 12th, 10am-3pm
  • Sunday, April 19th, 10am-3pm

Red Rivers Readers Program

The innovative RedRover Readers curriculum teaches empathy while at the same time helping students make responsible decisions and become more aware of themselves and their communities. A guided reading program aligned with Common Core Standards, the RedRover reading program is meant to educate students on animal behavior and safety while instilling compassion towards others. Teachers are able to choose from pre-selected books and a trained Humane Educator will guide students through the material and facilitate discussions using RedRover strategies, which also meet Common Core and social and emotional learning competencies.

Learning Objectives:. 

  1. Students will observe animal behavior through illustrations and use prior knowledge and experience, as well as evidence in a narrative to provide support for how an animal may be feeling; explore a variety of emotions and mixed emotions animals have, as well as emotions they may not have or may not be observable, such as: pride, guilt and judgement.
  2. Students will, in the context of a narrative, analyze and understand similarities and differences between how people and animals respond to environmental and behavioral cues.
  3. Students will relate narratives to their own lives to understand how people and animal characters in a story may feel and do things differently or the same as they would.
  4. Students will understand how relationships with animals or people can serve as a social support; and understand how the decisions people make and how people treat others impacts individual lives, communities and society.
  5. Students will identify and evaluate problems by weighing factors such as safety, responsibility and impact on others while developing self-motivation and self-reflection skills and applying these skills to various situations.

The RedRover Readers program can be conducted as a single classroom visit or as a series. To schedule a  Humane Educator to visit your classroom please call 630-407-2808 or email humane.education@dupageco.org

Scout Program

The Scout Program offered at Animal Services offers Boy & Girl Scouts the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the life-saving work done at Animal Services while also learning about what they can do to help animals in their community. Scouts will get an interactive behind-the-scenes tour, make new furry friends, and, if time allows,complete a small service project by creating enrichment items for out shelter animals.

DETAILS

The Scout Program is available during the school year from September - May. The approximately 75 minute program is designed for 5-12 participants. You may schedule multiple programs for larger groups. To schedule a tour, the troop leader should contact Humane Educator Andy Salis at 630-407-2808/ humane.education@dupageco.org. Tours require a $5 donation per child and are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturdays.  A waiver & release form 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. Waivers can  be printed here ( Waiver & Release Form).  

Summer Camps

Jr Animal Advocates: July 6th-8th, for ages 7-10

For the animal-loving youth who wants to make a difference in the lives of animals. Campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at animal sheltering, help in marketing animals available for adoption, learn how they can help feral cats, and so much more! Through age-appropriate presentations from The PuppyMill Project and SCARCE, engaging activities, and animal interactions campers will learn about animal welfare issues and become empowered to make a difference in their communities!

Jr Animal Advocates runs July 6th-July 8th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The registration fee for Jr Animal Advocates is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and must be returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.  

Furever Friends: July 13th- 15th, for ages 7-10

Furever Friends will be a pawsome experience for kiddos who are ready for their first pet! Furever Friends will focus on responsible pet care and emphasis the lifelong commitment of owning a pet. Campers will learn how to find the right pet for their families, budget for pet ownership, and how to safely and humanely interact with animals through games, crafts, activities, and, of course, hands-on time with shelter animals! 

Furever Friends runs July 13th-July 15th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The registration fee for Furever Friends is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and must be returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.  

AniPals: July 20th-22nd, for ages 7-10

AniPals is sure to be a furtastic time for the animal loving kiddo who just loves to help out. AniPals campers will have the opportunity to read to shelter dogs, exercise rabbits, and spend quality time with cats. Through crafts, activities, and story time campers will learn abut animal body language, safe animal interactions, and responsible pet ownership.

AniPals runs July 29th- July 31st from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The registration fee for AniPals is $150. A registration form and waiver (found on the right side of the page) can be downloaded and must be returned in person or mailed to 120 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Attn: Education Department. Cash and credit card payment only. If the registration form is submitted via mail a staff member will call to process payment before the start of the program.

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