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 building compassionate leaders and inspiring children, kindergarden-5th grade, to advocate for the health and welfare of all living beings through quality teaching programs in schools and community organizations to increase awareness and resulting in responsible pet guardianship. Research has shown that teaching children from an early age to participate in community service and empathize with others can greatly reduce the risk of developing bully-like characteristics and the instances 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?

Contact Us Today!

If you would like to bring BAF’s Humane Education Program to your school or would like more info about becoming a volunteer presenter (no experience necessary), 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.

Humane Education Update

We’ve been having a great summer bringing our Humane Education program, developed by Lisa Potiker, to LA’s BEST Summer Program. The program has grown since last year and is now a three-part series, where we visit each classroom three times to reinforce and build upon the lessons of co …Continue Reading →

BAF Humane Education – A Curriculum of Compassion

Bark Avenue Foundation’s Humane Education program started in the Fall of 2016 with Darlene Horvath, Lisa Potiker, and Lollie Raganer blazing the trail into LA city and County elementary schools and clubs. With the help of Lisa Wiehebrink’s book “Love Me Gently,” Lisa Potiker developed …Continue Reading →

Humane Education At It’s Best

The Fall School session has been a busy one for BAF’s Humane Education team of educators and volunteers. We’ve had the privilege of presenting our program in various schools including Garza Primary (East LA), Huntington Drive Elementary School, Canyon Charter School, Boys & Girls  …Continue Reading →