What are the underlying causes of dog and cat homelessness, and how can this problem be resolved?
Students will learn about dog and cat homelessness and uncover the mysteries behind this problem. Some of the reasons may seem clear to students, but some of the reasons are hidden from view. Students will read different homeless animal stories, participate in small group and whole class discussions, and watch a video to discover the reasons for the problem. Students will conclude the lesson by considering ways to reduce and prevent animal homelessness.
Students will be able to…
Define dog and cat homelessness and overpopulation.
Compare and contrast an animal shelter and a pet store.
Identify four ways to reduce animal homelessness.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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