Humane Education

Kindergarten – 12th Grade

One of our three main pillars that guide our work at Animal Care Sanctuary is education.

We have developed a humane education program for kindergarten – 12 th grade students of all abilities.

Our objective at Animal Care Sanctuary is to help students achieve their academic goals by incorporating homeless animals and leveraging the human-animal bond. This collaborative, age appropriate program works with existing school curriculums and is uniquely tailored to the needs of each teacher and their class.

Canton 4th Grade Class at Animal Care Sanctuary
Children's Poems about animals

Canton School District, PA – 4th Grade Reading Class

The interactive program is delivered virtually and encourages student participation, engagement, inclusion, teamwork, structured decision making and research all within the context of animal rescue.

While working one-on-one with the teacher, we’ve utilized applied learning and in-service projects with a variety of subjects – Reading, Math, English, French, Special Education, Art, Computer Graphics,
Creative Writing, Statistics & Analytics, etc.

Projects have been used to reinforce oral & written communication skills, reading comprehension, creative & persuasive writing, research, applied technology, equity, diversity, kindness and much more.

Union Endicott School District, NY – 6th Grade English Class

Equity Club & French Club

Union Endicott School District, NY – 9th – 12th Grade Equity Club & French Club

6-Week Summer Internship for 11th & 12th Grade:

This program allows students to rotate through our Community Clinic, Kennel and Cattery to experience first-hand what it takes to care for animals in a shelter. They have an opportunity to meet a variety of our staff, learn details of each position, what education is required for those positions, expected salary ranges after high school and the impact we have on the lives of animals. Our goal is to inspire students to want a career in animal rescue.

Canton 4th Grade Class at Animal Care Sanctuary
Canton 4th Grade Class at Animal Care Sanctuary

Broome Tioga BOCES Intern, Summer ’21

12-Week Internship for Under-Graduate Pre-Vet Students:

The ACS Internship Program was designed to give under-graduate students the opportunity to experience all facets of shelter/sanctuary management and is offered three times a year.

The program consists of a 12-week rotation through the cattery, canine care, low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic (working with our vet team), and the adoption/administrative office. Students get education on the non- profit model and board governance. Students are also part of our Alternative Housing program in which they foster and help train shelter dogs/cats who require behavioral modification training to increase their adoptability.

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Canton 4th Grade Class at Animal Care Sanctuary
Summer Intern ’21, Miami University
Canton 4th Grade Class at Animal Care Sanctuary
Summer Intern ’21, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

For more information, please contact Amy VanBenthuysen at


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