Humane Education and Outreach

The Humane Society of Pinellas’ Deanna Marie Palestra Humane Education and Outreach program teaches kindness, respect, and empathy for both human and nonhuman animals, and respect for the environment that we all share. In Deanna’s memory, we strive to establish a sense of responsibility and make the world a better, more humane place.

HSP's Humane Education Center is dedicated in loving memory of Deanna Marie Palestra, born March 3rd, 1962 and entered into eternal rest August 20th, 1998. Schooled in biology, marine biology, forestry, the environment and ecosystems, Deanna Marie Palestra dedicated her life towards the education and preservation of nature and wildlife. Through an intimate bond with her chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy Ghiradelli,  Deanna effectively displayed the idea that proper care and treatment of animals was not only humane, but germane to our harmonious existence. Having instructed children of all ages, Deanna’s career path influenced countless individuals and shaped the minds of generations to come. To continue her passion, the Deanne Marie Palestra Humane Education and Outreach Program offers a variety of learning opportunities for Pinellas County youth. 

Kid’s Club

The Humane Society of Pinellas’ Kid’s Club is a monthly program for youth ages 7-12 to learn about animal welfare. Children can participate in one class, or a whole season!

Each class features a different curriculum, providing like-minded youth with unique presentations and hands-on animal interaction. Pet-focused crafts and time spent with the shelter pets are all designed to provide children with the tools needed to make a difference in animal welfare… and have fun! Through participating in Kid’s Club, a solid foundation of compassion towards animals will be created.

Cost: $10/month or $50/year
Our pricing allows youth to either drop by for a one time visit or participate in the program all year long!

Register now! Classes are offered one Saturday a month, from 11-2 pm, starting in September and ending in May. Kid's Club is limited to 25 participants each month. Email for schedule details and to RSVP!  

Kid’s Camps

The Humane Society of Pinellas offers a variety of Kid’s Camps in the summer months, as well as during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks, in which youth ages 7 - 14 spend a week learning about animal care, behavior, current events and animal careers.

Much like Kid’s Club, Camps feature a different curriculum each week, so children can attend for a whole season and get a unique experience each session. Camps are designed by our Humane Education Coordinator, Lucy Monette, a certified Humane Educator, who has significant teaching experience and a passion for sharing her love of animals with children! Contact Lucy at or (727) 797-7722.

Reading with Pets

Reading to shelter pets is a great way to alleviate the animals’ stress, provide them with gentle human interaction, and for your children to practice their reading skills!

Visit HSP today and bring a book, or choose one from our bookcase (located by Small Wonders) to read to our cats, dogs and bunnies. While dog and small wonders cages cannot be entered, children can actually sit with our cats and kittens! No registration required, come in anytime! See reading in action here!:




Other Humane Education and Outreach Opportunities

  • Community Service Projects for Kids include making toys or organizing a donation drive.

  • Our Girl Scout Pet Care Patch Program in partnership with the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

  • Group presentations and field trips for all ages, at HSP or at your location. Topics include:

    • Pet Overpopulation

    • Community Cats

    • Animal Body Language

    • All About Pets

    • Small Animal Care

Want to learn more or get involved? Contact our Humane Education Coordinator, Lucy Monette, at (727) 797-7722 ext. 238 or email