Humane Education at HSOC

Groups of young people, accompanied by their parents, guardians, or teachers, are welcome to visit our Humane Education Center. Our experienced Humane Education staff is dedicated to showing young people how best to respect, love and care for pets. Programs are designed to meet the needs of various groups of all ages to learn about the proper care and respect of pets.

The main program at the HSOC Educational Center is PET CARE 101. The Pet Care 101 program is designed to educate children, ages 6 – 12, on the proper care of the family pet(s) and to instill a loving respect for all animals. The interactive presentation focuses on pet diet, shelter, exercise, grooming and the necessity of spay/neutering. Following this fun and informative 30-minute program, the children head off on a “Shelter Safari,” a supervised tour of the OC Shelter where the children visit the animals to learn more about their needs and to make a new furry friend or two. Pet Care 101 is a FREE program offered to all Cape-Atlantic elementary schools, home school groups, youth organizations and play groups. The presentation is tailored to its audience’s age level and is held in the Educational Services Room at HSOC’s new “Red Barn” building located next to the shelter.Visits can be scheduled on site, 7 days a week, and staff is available to visit schools, clubs, and off-site locales at times convenient to those who book a program. Just e-mail HSOC at or call 609-398-9500 to schedule.

HSOC also presents an educational program in the summer months for pre-school children called “Animal Crackers.” The program teaches the proper treatment of pets with songs, stories, and hands-on activities.

For more information and to schedule your group, just e-mail HSOC at or call 609-398-9500. We look forward to your visit!