Empowering pet owners and local communities to
reduce abandoned animal populations through spay
& neuter, pet retention & reclamation, and education.

We need your help. They need your love.

Humane Education

The BAF Humane Education Program is committed to inspiring empathy and compassion for animals and all living creatures through quality teaching programs for schools and community organizations serving children resulting in responsible pet ownership and the reduction of animal cruelty and neglect. The foundation of this program has been created in collaboration with educators Lisa Potiker (Education Specialist / Teacher, M.A. Special Education), Lollie Ragana (Professor, California State University Los Angeles), and Lisa Wiehebrink (Author – “Love Me Gently – A Kid’s Guide for Man’s Best Friend”).


Why Is Empathy Important?

The US National Parent-Teacher Association Congress states: “Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind and considerate in their relations to one another. Character training along these lines in youths will result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more law-abiding in every respect more valuable citizens.”

The BAF Humane Education Program addresses the growing need for respect and compassion for companion animals and all living creatures within our world. This program prepares teachers with the instruction and support needed to build a healthy foundation for compassion, healthy connections, and a connection to one’s empathetic emotions.


What Does BAF’s Humane Education Program Do?  

  • Provides training for LAUSD K-5 teachers and community members in Humane Education programming to implement in their classrooms.
  • Provides BAF staff and volunteers to present the Humane Education program to K-5 students and community groups in schools for free.
  • The Humane Education Program curriculum:
    • Teaches kindness and patience to children by fostering the bond between child and animal, building a solid foundation with which to practice positive relationships and lifelong skills.
    • Empowers children through their own choices and to encourage responsibility for the proper care and treatment of pets in their homes thus reducing animal cruelty and neglect.
    • Curbs the pet overpopulation problem by educating children and their families about spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, and promoting pet adoption.

Participating Schools & Organizations

  • Boys & Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley
  • Canyon Charter School
  • Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles – USC
  • Chinatown Children’s Center
  • Garza Primary School (East LA)
  • Huntington Drive Elementary School
  • Westwood Charter School
  • Woodland Elementary

Special thanks to our partner schools, teachers, and sponsors including Art Felt and Love Me Gently.

Contact Us Today!

If you would like to bring BAF’s Humane Education Program to your school or would like more info about our training schedule (teachers, volunteers, etc.), then please contact info@barkavenuefoundation.org.

Please consider donating to this program today to help us continue this valuable work and creating a more compassionate world.

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