Educational Programs

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

For 30 years, Planned Pethood has promoted responsible pet ownership and reduction of unwanted litters of dogs and cats. Educating our community about what we do and why it matters is critical to our mission. Our educational outreach efforts are customized to fit a variety of audiences. When appropriate, our presenters bring "alumni" from the rescue when we speak to your group.

Boy with two dogs

What groups does Planned Pethood work with?

Any group that wants to learn more about Planned Pethood! Groups we have visited include Pre-Schools, Grade Schools, Junior High Schools, Parenting Groups, Scout Troops, Youth Groups and Senior Centers.

Is there a cost to have Planned Pethood speak to my group?

NO! We don't charge a thing! We are always grateful for donations of care items, food or even money, but it is never required.

Why bring the pets?

There are so many reasons! Meeting these rescue alumni shows people the reality that animals that could make wonderful family members are being killed every day. This helps people understand why we promote spay/neuter of all companion animals. Our animals' stories illustrate the ways we help dogs and cats in need of medical care and/or homes. Meeting the pets in person helps people understand their stories much more than just reading or hearing about them. In addition, people respond positively to visiting pets. We have experienced remarkable results with special needs children and have brought smiles to groups from classrooms to senior centers. Having the animals present also allows us to demonstrate proper handling and behavior towards pets. It gives children or fearful adults the opportunity to experience positive interactions with the animals.

What type of animals will you bring? When do you bring them?

Pets are only included when invited. We have brought both dogs and cats to various engagements. Which pets we bring will vary according to the needs of the group we are visiting. We currently have one dog that is certified as an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and has passed her Therapy Dog International test twice. Several other dogs are in training for those certifications. We only bring dogs that are either certified or in training for certification as Canine Good Citizens and/or Therapy Dogs.

What types of things do you talk about?

Our presentations are individually tailored for each audience. We welcome input from the group regarding what they would like us to focus on. Here are some samples of how our presentations may vary:

If you would like Planned Pethood to speak to your group or are interested in becoming part of our educational outreach team, please call us at 419-826-FIXX (3499) or e-mail us at pets@plannedpethood.org.