Humane Education

An essential component of the Washington Animal Rescue League’s mission is to educate the public on the needs of companion animals and to inspire people of all ages to treat all living beings with care, compassion, and respect.

Outreach and education for adults happens informally whenever people telephone or visit WARL’s shelter and medical center. WARL also provides free handouts and books for sale on a variety of animal-related topics.

DT2ThirdTeamSmallTo reach children, WARL established a Humane Education program to teach youngsters in third through eighth grades about such issues as animal overpopulation, the value of spaying and neutering, proper care for companion animals, the role of animal shelters, and the importance of co-existing with wildlife. This program involves a school program during the academic year and a summer day camp program.



School Program

The Washington Animal Rescue League’s interactive, classroom-based program targets elementary and middle-school students. Participants learn about WARL, the needs we address, and the animals we help. They also meet our staff and volunteers, who teach the children about companion animals and their welfare and encourage them to make
kind, compassionate, and responsible decisions.

101camp23While learning about animals, students also develop their reading and writing skills and gain a greater sense of self.  They share thought-provoking picture books,
poetry, and essays that feature companion animals and are encouraged to
explore their feelings about themselves and animals through journaling
and creative writing, art projects, and community service activities.

For information on how your school might become involved in the Humane Education Program, please contact Debbie Duel, the League’s humane educator at

You can also find suggestions of items to donate to the Humane Education Program on our wish list.


Caring Kids Summer Camps

AAAcamp26Each summer the  Washington Animal Rescue League offers several week-long Caring Kids Camps. These day camps provide youngsters with an inside look at the day-to-day operations of WARL’s shelter and medical center; give them an opportunity to meet and interact with dogs and cats at our shelter, as well as a variety of more “exotic” animals, ranging from bats and snapping turtles to pythons and Madagascar hissing cockroaches; and even explore their artistic skills. Field trips enhance the learning experience.

Artcamp9smallCamps for 2015 are sold out.  Check back for information on 2016 camps.

In the meantime, click here and here for a glimpse at 2014 camp activities.


Humane Education Blog

And check this great blog of interest to kids and their parents, alike: