Humane Education

Humane education is about fostering kindness, respect, and empathy towards all animals. Part of helping children to develop good character is teaching them to treat all animals responsibly and humanely.

Animal abuse and neglect are linked to bullying and family violence, which in turn can lead to cruelty towards animals. Through education we are striving to break this cycle. Contact us for information on shelter tours, classroom visits and ways students can help shelter animals.

Online Educational Curriculum

We have created 13 lesson plans for use by K-12 teachers. Our online lesson plan units include:

  • Clear connections to the Alberta Education Program of Studies K-12
  • Teaching strategies and tips
  • Animal focused lessons and activities with high interest level
  • Extensive background resources
  • Reproducible handouts ready to use in PDF format

The complete list of lesson units with links to all the units is available on our Humane Education Home Page.

If you make use of our lesson plans, please help us improve by filling in our Humane Education Feedback Form.

Cochrane & Area Humane Society Scholarship

There will be up to four $1,000 scholarships awarded each year. These will go to students who:

  • are in Grade 12 in a Morley or Cochrane area high school;
  • have been accepted at a post secondary institute to pursue a career in a field related to human or animal care, health, medicine or education;
  • have completed meaningful volunteer hours at the Cochrane and Area Humane Society; and
  • have demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities, school sports, or part time employment.

Application deadline is April 30, 2016. Download an application form.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities for teens 13-15. Once you are 16, you can volunteer on your own for a variety of different jobs.

Day Camps

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society holds fun day camps for kids in grades one through six in the summer as well as during other school holidays throughout the year! Learn more about camping or being a volunteer camp assistant.

Humane Classroom of the Year Award

Each year we will select a classroom from Cochrane and area whose students worked hard to learn about humane education, raise awareness or fundraise for the shelter and animals in our community.

The recipient will receive:

  • An attractive classroom award certificate
  • Recognition in our newsletter
  • The warm appreciation of all our staff, volunteers and pets!

More information is available on the Animal Shelters and Volunteerism lesson plan page.

For more information email or call (403) 932-2072.


Adopted 2017

We changed Chloe’s name to River! She responded to it from the moment we’ve called her that and her recall is coming along so well! It helps that she is very food motivated. She’s learned to shake both paws and give a high 10, spin, sit, wait, and lay down. Her favourite thing to do is run, and man is she fast! Her second favourite thing to do is play with her sister Ellie Mae! They tucker each other out every day! On walks, Ellie’s bloodhound nose points out all the best smells and River always wants to sniff it too. We think she is very happy here in her new home she certainly looks it! Thanks so much for helping us add River to our family!

Meet. Adopt. Love.