By Liz Walch When I teach the lesson on dog and cat homelessness and overpopulation as part of HEART’s Taking Action For Others program, there are always two pieces of information that get a “Whoa!” from the students. The first is that there are at least 8 million homeless dogs
By Sonny Singh “Terrorist.” “The enemy.” “Dangerous.” Whenever I ask a group of students what common stereotypes about Muslims are, these responses are repeated without hesitation. To me, it comes as no surprise that these common societal perceptions of Muslims trickle down to young people—and impact how they treat
Wildlife rehabilitators are the unsung heroes of the animal loving world, spending most of their time feeding baby birds, mending broken limbs and keeping orphaned animals warm until they are strong enough to be released back into their natural habitat. That’s why HEART created a short video showing
HEART educators regularly talk about animal rescue and adoption with the kids in our programs. In fact, we made a whole video about animal shelters for educators to use with young kids. But talking about the millions of cats and dogs who are homeless can feel a bit overwhelming.
Since HEART began working with kids in the classroom back in 2005, we’ve been teaching youth about puppy mills. Unfamiliar with puppy mills? Think of dogs kept in tiny cages, given minimal (if any) veterinary care, in dirty and dangerous conditions for their entire lives while they produce
Teachers recognize that the vast majority of young children love animals. Whether they are real, fictional, across the globe or in their living room, children are fascinated by the furry, feathered and scaled. This natural affinity makes teaching kids about animals easy and exciting. In the HEART
Whether we’re in the traditional classroom, one of our summer camps, an after-school club, or tabling event, hands-on activities are one of our favorite ways to get kids thinking about major world problems, and how to create solutions. In our brand new “I HEART How To’s”, we’ll be
On December 6th, 2012 thirty-four 8th grade students of the HEART program at Stockton Elementary School in Chicago culminated a ten-week experiential service learning project by travelling across the city to spend the day with rescue dogs at Chicago Canine Rescue. For this project the students researched