Free Classroom Workshops
SNAP provides complimentary in-classroom presentations and workshops. Each program is tailored to fit the needs of the individual school or classroom and emphasizes responsibility and kindness. Children who are kind to animals are kind to each other. Not only will the students learn about responsible pet care, they will also learn about compassion and the positive impact they can have on society. Standard workshops are:
Proper Pet Care (K-6th)
Dogs and cats were domesticated by humans tens of thousands of years ago. Through this process, they have become totally dependent on us to meet their daily needs and to protect them from harm. In this class we discuss what is good and bad for pets by looking at the things that we, as kids, need each and every day. We compare our daily needs to those of our pets. This is a hands on project with the "Good for Me & Bad for Me" boxes full of items that keep pets safe, happy and healthy and also the things to watch out for! Hands on animal socialization too. Handouts will be supplied.
Dog Bite Prevention (3rd-6th)
Nearly 5 million dog bites injure people each year in the United States. Every year, over 800,000 bites require medical attention and over 300,000 require hospitalization. There are many breeds of dogs that are more than capable of causing serious injury and even death. Over 40,000 of the bite injuries are to the victim's face. Not included in these statistics is the large number of dog bite injuries that go unreported. More than 50% of the dog bites involve children. In this class kids learn how to approach a dog safely; learn what to do when they see a loose dog; what to do when approached by a loose dog; what and why dogs protect and why dogs bite. The instructor may bring a friendly dog for demonstration. Handouts will be supplied.
Pet Overpopulation (4th-8th)
6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year. 3-4 million are adopted. This class discusses the current situation with homeless animals in San Diego County and in the US. Spay and neuter, pet identification, pet care and adoption will be covered.
A tour of the Neuter Scooter* may be provided with a minimum class size of 25 or 2 consecutive classes of 15+. Instructor may bring an animal.** Handouts will be supplied.
Working in Animal Welfare (7th-12th)
Class visit by a Veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, animal technician, animal control officer, volunteer, trainer and/or administrator. If you are hosting a career day at your school, contact SNAP to organize a panel of animal welfare career opportunities. Handouts will be supplied.
* The Neuter Scooter is SNAP's 37-foot mobile state-of-the art, spay-neuter surgery unit with 25 recovery kennels, 3 anesthesia machines, scales, surgery room and prep area.
** All animals brought into classes are friendly!
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