Public Education

Promoting kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership through education.

Our Humane Education Program, Pet Pals, highlights various topics throughout the year that nurture the people-pet relationship emphasizing responsibility, safety and awareness. Our hope is to build a feeling of community and social awareness in the youth we reach. The impact of our presentations has resulted in many new school-age children becoming involved in volunteering in our community.

HSTT’s Reading Program, RUFF (Read Up For Fun) is designed to build self esteem in young readers. Trained volunteers bring their dogs into area schools where children will read to the dog. The dog provides a comforting audience perfect for allowing children who lack confidence in their reading a safe atmosphere to practice.

For more information on becoming involved in our Humane Education Program, please call Erin Ellis, Volunteer and Humane Education Programs Manager, at 530.582.2472.

Whether you are a teacher, a parent or just want to educate yourself, HSTT has a comprehensive Public Education Program full of useful information. HSTT’s educational materials can be presented to schools and other youth programs. Contact us at 530.582.2472 if you would like to schedule a presentation for your group.


Thank you to the Vail Resorts Echo Program for supporting HSTT's Humane Education Programs with a generous grant in 2012.