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Humane Education

Fun Educational Opportunities for Kids!

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Humane education for kidsFrom the shelter to the classroom, the Kentucky Humane Society offers many exciting opportunities for children! We’re making Louisville and surrounding areas a better place for our kids, cats and canines alike.

Classroom Presentations

KHS brings humane education to the classroom! Our programs teach children how to be animal ambassadors through lessons on pet care, responsibility and safety. Taught by our renowned Education Manager (and former teacher), presentations can be customized to meet curriculum goals and core content guidelines. Our programs are perfect for a class, auditorium, or field trip that includes a guided shelter tour. Please note that due to rising gas prices KHS may not accommodate requests for onsite visits outside of Jefferson County.

  • The Pet Suitcase (K-3rd) - A fun, interactive learning experience that teaches students about responsible pet care.
  • Dog Safety (K-3rd) - Students learn how to safely meet and interact with dogs in a variety of situations. Students will practice their new skills with KHS ambassador dog, Lulu.
  • A Shelter Tail (3rd-8th) - An engaging PowerPoint presentation that introduces students to the Kentucky Humane Society's Mission and ways they can help all companion animals. This program is a great way to jump start a service learning project!

We can also tailor a presentation to fit your needs.

Download the Youth Humane Education Request Form (PDF)

Educational Field Trips 

Are you looking for an exciting new learning experience for your class’ field trip this school year? KHS now offers special, educational field trips to Kentuckiana schools! Field trips include a PowerPoint slide presentation which highlights the role of KHS in our community.  A tour follows the presentation, where the group is guided through our facility, stopping to visit some of our furry residents. 

Choice of lesson topics includes:

  • Pet Care Suitcase (recommended for grades K to 5) – students learn about everything they need to responsibly care for a dog or cat
  • Dog Safety (recommended for grades K to 5) – students learn how to greet a dog properly and the steps to stay safe if a stray dog approaches
  • Dog/Cat Body Language (recommended for K to 8) – students learn how our furry friends use their bodies to communicate
  • How to be an Animal Advocate (recommended for 6 to 8) – students learn how they can be a voice for our companion animal friends.

We can also tailor a lesson to fit your needs! Field trips are scheduled Monday through Friday after 10:30 a.m., are two hours in length and are only $1 per student!  Behind-the-scenes tours are available for grades 6 and up for an additional $1 per student.

To book a field trip for your class, contact the Education Manager, Valerie Merrifield, at (502) 515-3149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Shelter Tours

The Kentucky Humane Society offers guided tours where participants can learn about our mission, the animals in our care, and the services we provide to shelter animals and the community. Please be advised that KHS is a temporary home to shelter animals that have not had any therapy training. In that regard, KHS tours are educational in nature and are not intended to be a therapeutic experience for tour participants.

Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Campus only. Advanced reservations are required.

Cost: $1 per person ($15 minimum)
Length of tour: 45 minutes to one hour
Group size (including all adults/chaperones): 5 to 20 people*
Minimum age: Participants must be at least 5 years old
*Invite family and friends to make the five-person minimum!

For more information or to book a tour, please call our Education Manager at (502) 515-3149 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Girl Scouts

KHS offers opportunities for all ages of Girl Scouts. From Daisies to Cadets, we can help your troop earn a badge, fun patch or award.

Workshops

We host workshops on responsible pet care and dog safety that inlcude a shelter tour, animal playtime and a special KHS patch. All workshops take place at our Main Campus, cost $5 per girl and last one hour. No Tagalongs, please. For more information or to register for a workshop, please call our Education Manager at (502) 515-3149.  Payment is due at time of registration.

Workshops are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Main Campus only. For more information or to register for workshops, click here.

Service Learning Projects and Awards

Is your troop interested in a service learning project? Do you know a Girl Schout who wants to work with animals to earn an award? KHS will meet with troops or individuals to assist in developing a project that will benefit our homeless animals.

For more information on our Girl Scout opportunities, please contact our Education Manager at (502) 515-3149 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer Camp for Kids

Learn more about our summer camp program for kids, with weeklong camps offered weekly June through August.

Check back in February 2015 for new summer dates!

More info

For more information, contact the KHS Humane Education Manager at (502) 515-3149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .