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Woman Teaches Second And Third Graders To Treat Animals Kindly

Woman Teaches Second And Third Graders To Treat Animals Kindly


When Kris Foote wrote on her volunteer application that she loved animals and kids, it immediately piqued the interest of the humane education chairperson at the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas, NV. One month later the new volunteer was teaching five different second and third grade classes about animal abuse, pet overpopulation and treating animals with kindness.

Twelve states have passed laws recognizing the importance of teaching humane education to children. It raises their level of empathy for other living creatures and can stop the link between cruelty to animals and domestic violence.

Most programs require the classroom teacher to do the work of learning the lessons and teaching it to the students. Heaven Can Wait’s Angels for Animals program was no different. There were great materials, but with the heavy workload of teachers only the most motivated took time to download and implement the program.

So when Kris Foote volunteered to take Angels for Animals directly into the class, there were leaps of joy from the rescue group and the schools. Five second and third grade classes immediately scooped her up.

During the next four weeks Kris gave lessons that included:

  • Pets R Part Of Our Family – responsible pet guardianship
  • Please Don’t Litter – pet overpopulation and the spay and neuter solution
  • Animal Cruelty – breaking the chain of animal abuse
  • Feral Cats – the tragedy of stray cats

Kris had a wonderful time working with the kids. “The children were very bright and very interested in the lessons,” said Kris. “They asked good questions. I felt like I helped instill empathy about animals in the students. It was very rewarding.”

Here are a few examples of the students’ reactions to the lessons they learned:

1.”If everyone had their cats and dogs spayed and neutered, wouldn’t cats and dogs become extinct?”

2. During the Please Don’t Litter class, Kris put up pictures of houses with velcro dots on them and the kids placed animals on the velcro dots (2 per house). When the houses were full, the students put 4 animals in a shelter. When the shelter was full, there were animals left over.

“We were talking about what happens to those animals who do not have a home or a shelter to go to, and that they may need to be put to sleep and go to heaven,” said Kris. “Right after the exercise, one student asked what if everyone was rich. In further talking to him, he was thinking if everyone was rich, all of the animals would have homes, or additional shelters could be built so there would be no homeless animals.”

3. During another session, Kris asked for a volunteer to come up and read a book out loud to the rest of the class. One second grade girl raised her hand for the job. When she walked up to Kris she said, “I can’t read very well, but I really want to do this.”

During the program the students wrote stories about pets becoming part of a family, they completed math problems that taught about pet overpopulation and they came up with ideas on how to stop animal abuse. They also put together toys for the dogs rescued by Heaven Can Wait. They wanted the to canines to have a toy to take with them to their new adopted homes.

Angels for Animals was created by Kim Yates, who is a teacher and board member for Heaven Can Wait. It can be downloaded “free of charge” by every teacher that would like to make use of it.

Thanks to Kris Foote, Ms. Bailey's class had a full 4-week humaned education program.


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6:55AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Great idea - should be inclided in the curriculum in all schools

10:02AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

What a great idea ! Education is the key to a lot of solutions !

7:33PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Thank you for the news. She is teaching the children about caring for other living creatures which also helps with the children's emotional development, and learning responsibillity.

1:57PM PDT on Jun 14, 2013


6:45AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

We need more people, men and women to help foster kindness and teach kids about how to treat animals.

9:38AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:57AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Sorry, that should have said "find a stray cat or dog and have it spayed or neutered".

8:56AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

This woman is awesome. But the truth is, everyone on this planet can do what she does. Educate yourself about these issues, and then go out and tell someone. Tell anyone who will listen about how they can help make the world better for animals, both in their own home and outside it. Especially tell people who don't believe in being kind or thoughtful about animals how you feel. Try going Vegan for a while, and if you like it, do it forever. Then tell people why. Especially children. Find a stray cat and have it spayed or neutered. Tell everyone what you did and why. Speak out about animal abuse and cruelty towards animals, conservation, anything you feel is important is worth sharing. And NEVER feel ashamed that you care about something.

8:20AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Ms Foote, you are truly an angel.

2:16AM PDT on May 28, 2013

bravo for the teacher,this is fantastic,and a great program,thank you for sharing

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