Happy Tails Humane Ed Programs


Encouraging the human-animal bond, keeping kids safe

Tails That Teach offers a no-cost, innovative approach for animal organizations to enhance current community outreach including humane education, camps, and reading programs. The following options are two ways we can help organizations stand out in the community and uniquely educate children about the responsible care and proper treatment of pets:

BOOK DONATION: Copies of Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, (available in English and Spanish) are donated to organizations to help children ages 5-8 understand kind and responsible care of pets through the story of a boy and his rescue pup. Kids learn simple lessons such as allowing the dog to eat and sleep uninterrupted, patience in training, gentle handling, and safety around the house for both child and animal. Young readers are empowered and encouraged to make good choices, to be responsible for their actions, and to respectfully care for their pets. Love Me Gently books can be utilized in the following ways:

  • Pet Adoptions: Included in adoption packets to help families with young children with the transition of having a new pup at home

  • Humane Education: Educational tool for use with current shelter programs and camps, free copy can be given to each child participant

  • Community Outreach: Brought to elementary schools, used for completion of Scout badges, free copy can be given to each student

  • Shelter Reading Programs: Provided to young volunteers to read to shy shelter dogs, kids improve literacy skills and help socialize animals

Also available is our second book, Gray Whiskers; A Kid’s Guide for Loved Ones Growing Older, which teaches young children to unconditionally love their senior pets through valuable life lessons about patience, kindness, compassion, and respect. Gray Whiskers reminds readers that love never gets old.

HAPPY TAILS HUMANE EDUCATION® is an early education program kit that is compassion-centered and uniquely designed to enlighten and empower young children ages 5-8. The goal of this program is twofold: to foster strong human-animal bonds and to promote safe child-animal interactions in a way that young kids can fully comprehend. The program kit is available to animal organizations, schools, and community groups at no cost and is easily led by shelter staff and/or volunteers and ideal for internal programs, community outreach, and completion of scout badges. Happy Tails Humane Education® was created to be fun and interactive to help young kids learn and to keep them engaged. The customizable curriculum covers four key components: the Kindness Connection, Responsible Pet Care, Bite Prevention/Safe Interactions, and Paw it Forward. Exciting expansion activities include crafts and games and each child participant receives a copy of Love Me Gently; A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend, coloring sheet, and Pet Pal Hero certificate of completion. This program is also ideal for Scout troops wishing to complete the Pet Care Badge as it meets all requirements for completion.

For more information about any of the Tails That Teach programs or to sponsor an organization in your area, please email: info@tailsthatteach.org

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How you can help!

Our goal is donate 1 million books to schools and animals shelters by 2025. Help us meet that goal and make a difference in your community by promoting literacy and spreading kindness! Corporations and individuals can sponsor Happy Tails by purchasing books at a reduced rate to donate to shelters of your choice. Co-branding and partnerships include specially printed books with designated page for donor bio and logo. Contact us at info@tailsthatteach.org.

Paw it Forward is another great way to help. Simply buy a book and we will donate one to a local shelter!