STARS humane education program was added to our mission in early 2012

Humane Education will teach children to care for animals in their homes and communities.  The goal of humane education is to create a culture of sympathy and caring by stimulating a child's moral development and sense of responsibility.  The end goal of humane education is to create a more compassionate and responsible society.  Humane education introduces children to the emotions of animals and links this knowledge to a wider understanding of environmental issues and ecosystems.  It is about fostering kindness, respect and sympathy for both human and nonhuman animals.
Humane education teaches people how to accept and fulfill their responsibility to family animals.  It teaches people to understand the consequences of irresponsible behavior and encourages the value of all living things.

Paws to Read Program - Ongoing
Adults and children will spend time reading to the animals. This program will help adults reduce stress and children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization, companionship and human interaction. Dogs & Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. Commitment Level: None. Monthly sign-up opportunities on Facebook. ​