Regular school tours are held at our society. The children are taken on a tour of our kennels, cattery and often also the horse care unit. We have children ranging in age from 3 years to 18 years and the tours are age appropriate. Educating young children to respect animals and treat them properly plays a vital role in the prevention of cruelty. Abuse of animals begins at a far earlier age than most realize and research shows that those who abuse animals often go on to abuse people.
Talks are also given at schools. The aim of our humane education is:
• Teach children to become aware of the basic needs of animals;
• Show them how to look after animals responsibly and kindly by providing food, water, shelter, freedom of movement (no chaining), affection and basic health care;
• Encourage children to report cases of cruelty, injury, neglect or accident to the SPCA; and; most importantly
• TEACH COMPASSION TOWARDS ALL LIVING CREATURES.
We would like to thank the children and schools for their continued support of all our projects!
Should you wish to make a booking for your school, be interested in assisting with our educational programme or be willing to make a financial contribution please contact Janet Legemaate
The Kloof and Highway SPCA regularly host school tours at our Society. Children are taken around the kennels and cattery and introduced to the various other resident animals staying on the property. During their visit, depending on the age group of the children, a staff member explains why there are so many animals and the reasons why people abandon their pets. It is also explained to the children that adopting an animal is a lifetime commitment and that there are many responsibilities to consider before deciding to adopt.
It is important to create the awareness of the needs of animals from a young age and to stimulate compassion for all living creatures so that the children growing up within our communities are able to demonstrate respect for creatures, great and small.
During the past year we have built an Education Centre thanks to sponsorship from ABSA Head Office in Durban and will be implementing some educational programmes with schools which will include worksheets, posters and a more structured syllabus to enhance our efforts in education. Our education programme will need funding to provide various materials for the children to take away with them.
Our education department also visit schools and will be providing these materials to these schools as well as part of our education drive.