Humane Education

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Humane education serves as a strategy for large-scale change in the quality of animals lives through prevention and intervention programs designed to create a culture of empathy and compassion.

Animal Care Sanctuary believes that in order to be a better friend to animals, we must create a more respectful and compassionate community. Humane education teaches how to establish a human animal bond based on kindness, respect, and responsibility.

From preschoolers learning how to safely interact with animals, to middle school students being exposed to the anti-cruelty movement, to high school students exploring careers with animals, we offer a Humane Education Program that is designed for specific groups.


Schedule story time with some of our resident animals. Targeted Grade Levels: Pre-school to 2nd. Time Frame: 20-25 minutes.



Animal Safety is an interactive program that teaches children about animal behavior and body language, what to do if a stray animal is encountered, and how to approach and introduce themselves to an unfamiliar animal.

Targeted Grade Levels: K-3rd & 4th-8th Time Frame: 20-25 minutes.



The Anti-Animal Cruelty Program is an interactive program that explores the issues of animal cruelty, discusses how to “break the chain” of violence and empowers students to make a change in their community. Current animal legislation will be discussed.

Grade Levels: 6th & up Time Frame: 45 minutes-1 hour.

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This is an interactive session that covers available animal-related careers. Students will have an opportunity to meet a variety of our staff to discuss the details of their positions, education required, salary ranges and the impact they have on animals’ lives.

Grade Levels: 6th-8th & 9th-12th Time Frame: 30-45 minutes.


The Pet Care program is an interactive program that discusses the needs of companion animals, promotes responsible pet ownership, and encourages kindness towards animals.

Grade Levels: K-3rd & 4th-6th Time Frame: 20-25 minutes.


This program dispels common myths about spaying/neutering and presents solutions to the pet overpopulation crisis. Based on availability, this may include a tour to our veterinary clinic and a visit with our veterinary team.

Grade Levels: 4th & up Time Frame: 30-45 minutes.

Veterinary Science Initiative (VSI)

VSI is a program developed by the education team at the Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina, as a model for cooperative education between shelters, veterinarians, and other private organizations to collaborate with local school districts.

Animal Care Sanctuary’s Denise Drabick is one of thirteen trained facilitators of VSI and offers this program through our Wellsboro location. For more information on how to incorporate VSI into your curriculum contact us at 570-724-3687.

Field Trips

If you are looking for an interactive way to experience Animal Care Sanctuary, taking a field trip to one of our locations is a unique way to view the inner workings of our operations. You’ll get to meet some of our resident animals and learn how we care for them. Discover the services Animal Care Sanctuary provides for pets and people in our community.

Groups often enjoy collecting items from our WISH LIST. Donating needed items is a great way to directly enrich the animals’ lives!

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Animal Care Sanctuary

353 Sanctuary Hill Ln,
East Smithfield, PA 18817
Phone: 570-596-2200
Fax: 570-596-2222

Adoption Hours

Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-596-2270

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ACS Wellsboro

11765 US-6,
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-3687
Fax: 570-724-8116

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-724-3687

Behavior Hotlines

Dog Behavior HOTLINE
570-596-2270 x118
Dog Surrender HOTLINE
570-596-2200 x125

Cat Surrender HOTLINE
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