Tours & Education Outreach

The Vanderburgh Humane Society offers Humane Education programs for children and adults of all ages on a variety of topics. An important aspect of animal welfare is educating the public on responsible ownership and ensuring that our community’s children respect and appreciate animals.

Pets arriving at our shelter and becoming homeless is the last step in a long line of problems. Our goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals who need shelter in the first place. Humane education fills this very important gap.

Our mission is:

“Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.”

Some types of agencies who regularly request programs include:

  • Schools (all ages)
  • Daycare facilities/preschools
  • Scout troops
  • Businesses
  • Church groups
  • Program Information

    In 2016, our Humane Education Department served 5,597 children alone through 97 education outreach programs & tours.

    At least two weeks’ notice is required for most programs* & tours. (See below.) We ask for a minimum monetary donation for most programs & tours to help offset departmental expenses. Any program, whether onsite or offsite, includes an optional introduction to live shelter animals of a variety of species, including but not limited to dogs, kittens, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds, or potbellied pigs!

  • Education Programs

    Most programs are offered Monday-Friday by appointment. Saturday programs can be arranged with at least 2 months’ notice. Groups can be brought directly to our facility for onsite afternoon programs, or our Humane Education Department can bring a program to you offsite with more flexible morning, afternoon, & evening hours.

    We offer the following programs:

    “May I Pet Your Dog?”
    What a dog needs, the safe way to introduce oneself to a dog, how to properly pet a dog, and when a dog wants to be left alone.
    Preschool thru 6th Grade
    Dog Bite Prevention
    Encompasses safety procedures around dogs, from family pets to neighborhood strays.
    Preschool thru Adult
    Pet Care Responsibility
    Teaches why & how to be a responsible pet owner for the life of the pet, be it a gerbil, dog, or anything in between.
    Preschool thru 8th Grade
    Recycling for the VHS
    Explains how to help both the VHS and the environment by recycling unused home and office items.
    1st Grade thru High School
    Pet Overpopulation and Spay/Neuter
    Helps students to understand the enormity of the homeless animal problem and the importance of spaying & neutering.
    4th Grade thru High School
    VHS and the Community
    Explains the role of our Humane Society in the community and describes the programs we offer.
    6th Grade thru Adult
    Topic and Book Discussions*
    Catered to fit in your curriculum. Education discussions of current humane issues or animal-related books (i.e. “My Life in Dog Years.”)

    *requires 1 month’s notice
    Middle School thru High School

    At least two weeks’ notice is required for programs (*1 months’ notice required for Topic & Book Discussion requests.)

  • Tours

    The VHS offers group tours by appointment only Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 12:00-6:00 pm. We offer 4 different types of tours:

    • Mini-Tour: lobby only, showcasing adoptable cats & small animals (ideal for preschool & kindergarten-age children)
    • Basic Tour: showcases all adoption areas and living quarters of the animals in our care, including dogs (ideal for 1st grade & up)
    • Basic Tour + Spay & Neuter Clinic: all adoption areas + Clinic tour (ideal for 4th grade & up) (maximum 25 people) (does include the sight of blood, needles, internal organs, and animals under anesthesia)
    • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: explains the process animals go through from surrender to adoption (ideal for older children & adults only) (maximum 10 people) (may include the sight of needles)

    Any type of tour can be accompanied by any of our educational programs. Tours can also include introductions to live shelter animals of a variety of species. A group shelter tour lasts approximately 1- 1 ½ hours depending on the number in attendance and if a program is included.

    Tour Rules

    Download the Tour Rules here to prepare you for your visit and share important information with your students in advance!

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  • Tour or Offsite Program Request

    Please fill out this form if you wish to request a tour of our facility or an offsite program.