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”).

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 christy@barkavenuefoundation.org.

By donating to this program you make this valuable work possible and create a more compassionate world.


We finished our Humane Education fall term on December 1st with a visit to the shelter to deliver toys the kids made to animals awaiting their forever families, and as always, this was moving for both the humans and the animals. The pets are so grateful to have toys and love shown to  …Continue Reading →


You better watch out, you better not cry, you may be pouting, I’ll tell you why… the holidays are coming to town! That’s right, crazy as it seems, we’re already approaching year end, and with it a season of giving and celebrating. As the year draws to a close, we also have to think ab …Continue Reading →

Humane Ed is Going Back to School!

After a very successful summer program where we made 27 presentations in just 4 weeks, BAF’s Humane Educators are excited to be going back to school for the fall term. These are people who are donating their time for a cause they believe in – teaching kids kindness, compassion,  …Continue Reading →


If you’ve been curious about our Humane Education program and want to learn more and meet some of our presenters, please join us for a fun meet and greet, which will include a presentation and hors-d’oeuvres! September 8th at 11am   …Continue Reading →

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 →