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.
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 Lucy@HumanePinellas.org for schedule details and to RSVP!
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 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.
Veterinary care camp
Youth 12-14 are invited to participate in our new veterinary care camps. Campers will learn about veterinary care through hands on experiential learning. Field trip included! Cost is $225 for new campers, $200 for repeat campers or kids club members. Camp hours are 9-3PM.
June 3-7th, 2019 FULL
July 29-August 2nd, 2019 FULL
Animal care camp
Youth 7-11 are invited to participate in our animal care camps. Help create solutions to issues in animal welfare through a hands on curriculum in which campers learn, create and interact with the shelter pets. A new curriculum is presented each week.
NEW campers will take a field trip each week to learn more about animals in our community! Cost is $225 for new campers, $200 for repeats or kids club members. Camp hours are 9-3PM.
June 10-14th, 2019 FULL
June 17-21st, 2019 FULL
June 24-28th, 2019 FULL
July 8-12th, 2019 FULL
July 15-19th, 2019 FULL
July 22-26th, 2019 FULL
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!: http://wfla.com/2017/06/13/humane-society-of-pinellas-county-program-lets-children-read-to-animals-during-the-summer/
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:
Animal Body Language
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.