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Become a Humane Hero

Become a Humane Hero with the Hand in Paw Kids Club! 

In the Hand in Paw Humane Heroes Academy, we will teach children all about animals. We’ll show them how to help animals in their community by giving them valuable information to share with friends and family!

Humane Heroes Academy will empower youth in our community to be the best animal advocates they can be. At the core of this program is the human-animal bond. This bond is strengthened when children are taught to respect and appreciate animals. Whether your child is a lifelong animal lover or new to animal interactions, this is the activity for them!

The Program:

We achieve our goal in multiple ways. First, HSSA strives to educate our Heroes about the responsibilities of pet ownership as well as the important role these animals play in our lives and community. Second, we want to teach our Heroes the importance of being an advocate and educator within their community of peers, family, and friends.

Spring 2023 Humane Heroes:

March 30, 2023 from 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Here at HSSA, we're Down for Dogs!

Our focus for this TUSD Professional Development day workshop is a human's best friend: the dog. Participants will learn how to communicate with and care for dogs. There will also be opportunities for hands-on experience with dogs AND pocket pets through socialization. Plus, participants will get to read a story to our adoptable shelter dogs.

Participants spend time each day caring for different animals, such as ball pythons, rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs. Day-long workshops provide children with in-depth, hands-on education about animal care and the human-animal bond.

Ages 6-12

Public Registration: $75
Hand In Paw Kids Club Members: $60

Sign up today for March 30, 2023

Apply for a scholarship here!


Topics covered in the Humane Heroes Academy include:

  • Basic animal care

  • Community cats and TNR

  • Animal cruelty prevention

  • Service learning projects to benefit pets in our care

  • Fundraising to benefit pets in the community

  • Proper nutrition and food-related dangers


Upcoming Humane Heroes Academy Events:

Thanks to our generous sponsors Southwest Gas FUEL for LIFE.

Scholarships and financial assistance available for all youth programs.

Please inquire by emailing mkothe@hssaz.org.


Spring 2023 Humane Heroes:

Daylong Workshop - March 30, 2023 from 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sign up today!

Where are the HSSA Classrooms?

If you are visiting HSSA's Education Department, you will want to go to the coral Education building.

Location Map - Main Campus Locations - Education