The American Pit Bull Foundations Humane Education Program was created and implemented to supplement youth with life skills that are not popularly taught in the school system – compassionate, responsible care of animals.
Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Most children will either grow up with a pet in the household, or have a pet as adults in their own home, though many are not provided any formal training on how to responsibly care for an animal.
We use therapy and humane education dogs to give learners a hands-on experience with compassionate care and responsible dog ownership. To help combat misleading stereotypes of pit bull type dogs, all of the dogs that we use in our Humane Education Program are pit bull type dogs. Our teaching philosophy involves instilling a sense of individualism to combat discrimination of canines and the students that we work with.
Pre-K through 3rd Grade – book reading, coloring books, q&a
4th grade through 8th grade – presentation, q&a
9th through 12th – High School Program (11 weeks) includes field trips to the shelter, hands-on dog training, interactive sessions
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