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.
Pet Themed Candy Making Class - Hosted by Pieces of Treats, kids and adults can learn how to make homemade candy - with a pet-themed twist! Just in time for Halloween, have fun with the family in this candy making class. Price: $30 (supplies included) - 50% of the proceeds benefit HSP! Click here to register!
Saturday, October 22nd from 10:30am - 12pm at Pieces of Treats, 28929 US 19 N, Clearwater, FL
HSP's Animal Art Class - In this 6 week art class, students will learn the basics of drawing and painting with an experienced art instructor at The Humane Society of Pinellas! Using shelter pets as their subjects, this course offers a unique look into pet homelessness by using art as a means of service. Students will participate in projects that benefit the animals while furthering their interested in art! Final projects include an art showcase at our Open House on November 16th, as well as painting a mural on one of our buildings.
Classes are Mondays from 5:00 - 6:30PM. The class begins on Monday, October 10th and runs for 6 classes until November 21st (skipping one week for Halloween). Price: $60 per student plus a $10 supply fee.
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. Field trips, pet-focused crafts and guest speakers 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 $35/year
Our pricing allows youth to either drop by for a one time visit or participate in the program all year long!
The 2016 Season is coming! Register now! Classes are offered one Saturday a month, from 11-2 pm, starting in September and ending in May. Space is limited so RSVP today!
Additional costs may be required for offsite field trips.
The Humane Society of Pinellas offers a variety of Kid’s Camps in which youth ages 7 - 12 spend a week learning about animal care, behavior, current events and animal careers at our week-long summer day camps.
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 and Outreach 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 Lucy@HumanePinellas.org or (727) 797-7722 ext. 238 for more information!
While the 2016 Summer Camp season has ended, we can't wait for next year! It's never too early to sign up for the 2017 Summer Camp season! Contact Lucy at Lucy@HumanePinellas.org to reserve your spot!
thanksgiving break camp
NEW! The Humane Society of Pinellas is happy to announce its first Thanksgiving Break Camp. This camp will run from 9-3PM Monday, November 21st through Wednesday, November 23rd. Parents have the option of signing up their child for all three days or you may pick and choose which dates your child attends. During Thanksgiving Break Camp, children will learn about animal welfare, participate in animal related thanksgiving themed crafts, listen to guest speakers and interact with animals. Each day kids will be provided with a snack and water. Parents are expected to pack their child a lunch. Thanksgiving Break Camp is $155 for new campers or $130 for returning campers and Kids Club members.
winter break camp
NEW! The Humane Society of Pinellas is happy to announce its first Winter Break Camp. This camp will run from 9-1PM Monday, December 19th through Friday, December 23rd. Aftercare will be available until 5PM each day for an additional $75 fee for the week. During Winter Break Camp, children will learn about animal welfare, participate in animal related crafts, listen to guest speakers and interact with animals. Each day kids will be provided with a snack and water. Parents are expected to pack their child a lunch if they are enrolled in the aftercare program. Winter Break Camp is $175 for new campers or $130 for returning campers and Kids Club members.
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!
Other Humane Education and Outreach Opportunities
- “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Poster Contest for children
- Photography contest for adults and children
- 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
- Training and classes available for children and adults. Classes include Keep Fido Out of the Doghouse, Basic Grooming, Pet First Aid, and doggie play groups.
- Group presentations for all ages, at HSP or at your location. Topics include:
- HSP: Who are we and what do we do?
- Animal Safety
- Animal Body Language
- Pet Care
Want to learn more or get involved? Contact our Humane Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lucy Monette, at (727) 797-7722 ext. 238 or email Lucy@HumanePinellas.org.