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. 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 $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. Members are required to RSVP to for each month they want to attend.  

Additional costs may be required for offsite field trips.

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 - 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 or (727) 797-7722 ext. 238 for more information!

Summer Camp 2017 registration has begun! Contact Lucy at for more information or register here!

summer camp 2017

Each summer, campers come to The Humane Society of Pinellas for one or all of our week long summer camp sessions. With a new curriculum each week, children will learn about animal welfare, participate in animal 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. Camp is $200 for new campers or $175 for returning campers and Kids' Club members. Ask about our sibling discount!

register for hsp camps here!

Summer Camp has five different week long sessions that run from 9AM - 3PM. Aftercare is available for an additional $50/week. Contact Lucy at to inquire about aftercare for specific days. Children can sign up for one or all five:

  • FULL June 5th - 9th
  • FULL June 19th - 23rd
  • FULL July 10th - 14th
  • July 17th - 21st
  • July 31st - August 4th


Interested in Camp Aftercare? Register for after camp hours here!

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

  • “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