This class, developed by the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, is more than just a program on how to conduct CPR or treat medical emergencies for cats and dogs.
Participants will learn what is normal f or their pet; how to assist their vet in treating their pet; keep animals safe from local environmental hazards; avoid poisonous plants and household dangers; and identify and react to cruelty and neglect issues. And most importantly, lots of prevention!
The class fee of $75 includes:
-Pet Safety and First Aid manual
-Hands-on skills training with animal mannequins
-A certificate of completion.
The four-hour course is open to individuals age 15 and up.Find out more »
It has been observed by the APSCA that being read to helps fearful or shy dogs become more comfortable with people because there is no forced interaction. Here at HSSA, we read to shy dogs and cats as well as sick dogs who are long term residents with limited human interaction. As exemplified by shelter literacy programs across the country, this reading program will encourage our shelter pets to approach the front of their kennels for potential adopters and thus improve their chances of a short stay with us at HSSA.
Children ages 5 to 14 who are interested in improving their reading skills, either to meet or exceed age appropriate reading levels, are welcome to join us.
- Children are expected to wear long pants and close toed shoes as well as adhere to hygiene guidelines while visiting the animals.
- Each participant must attend a short orientation prior with an adult chaperone prior to their first reading session to learn about participant requirements, safety around animals, and empathy for our furry friends.
- Each child must have a liability waiver on file before entering the kennel areas.
- Each child must have an adult on property during their scheduled reading time, but adults are encouraged to wait in our waiting area or visit our adoptable animals while their child is reading.
Participants will receive an HSSA bookmark upon completing training. Incentives will be earned upon completing 2 hours, 5 hours, and 10 hours of reading to our shelter pets.
While the HSSA’s Paws & Pages program has existing strict cleaning and safety policies in place due to the nature of animal sheltering and the potential zoonotic disease exposure (diseases easily transmitted from domesticated or wild animals to humans), during the age of COVID-19 we require masks, social distancing, and extensive sanitizing protocols to keep our readers and staff safe and healthy throughout the camp season.
Winter Break is a great time to celebrate the holidays, and an excellent time to give back to our community! At the Hand in Paw Kids Club Winter Workshop kids will learn about pet enrichment and the positive impacts it has on the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s shelter pets. Participants will get first-hand experience in making enrichment treats and toys that will go straight to our shelter and foster pets!
Campers will spend a minimum of two hours daily caring for different pets, which may include ball pythons, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs. Day long workshops provide children with in-depth, hands-on education about animal care and the human-animal bond.
Hand in Paw Kids Club Winter Workshop is $115 per participant. Hand in Paw Kids Club members receive
the special discounted rate of $100 per participant. Learn more about becoming a Hand in Paw Kids Club
member at www.HSSAZ.org/HIP