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Humane Education & Pet Therapy

The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast's Humane Education and Pet Therapy Programs provide a diversified range of pet assisted activities that instill empathy, respect, kindness and responsibility for all animals, the environment, and each other.  We believe that by offering humane education and community outreach opportunities, we help people of all ages develop compassion, empathy and respect for all living beings, thereby creating a better world for people and animals alike.

Are you interested in scheduling an educational program for your classroom, scout troop or group?  We offer educational programs for all grade levels.

Lessons In Kindness - (K-6th grade) consists of three separate hands-on programs that teach children how to be safe around animals, how to be responsible pet owners and how animals communicate with each other.

We come visit you! Student meets one of our therapy teams.

The Pet Suitcase is an interactive lesson that teaches responsible pet ownership.

Communicating Safely With Animals teaches safety and concentrates on communication.

Share The World (video program) teaches how animals share our world.

Therapy Pets are included in each program along with "leave behind" extension activities.

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Shelter Tours (open to all ages) will teach what we do at the shelter, how and why animals get here, how we take care of them and find them new homes. Includes visits with pets available for adoption and time with our therapy pets.  A great field trip opportunity for scout and school groups!


Pet Therapy Programs

Paws to Read is an award-winning literacy program that gives children the opportunity to read to a trained therapy dog.  Paws to Read is a proven program that improves reading practice, fluency, reading comprehension and self-esteem.  This weekly program is currently available through the Martin County School system, the Boys and Girls Paws to Read Program in action!Clubs and select branches of the Martin County Library System.

Pawsitive Interaction is a therapeutic approach that brings animals and children with special needs together. This is a weekly program currently offered through the Martin County School system and organizations that serve children with special needs.

Paws to Love is when our trained Pet Therapy teams bring wet noses and big smiles all around on regular visits to residents of senior centers, nursing homes and the hospital.

Pawsitive Healing is a therapeutic approach that brings animals and people with psychological/cognitive disabilities together with the intent of facilitating an individual's progress towards therapeutic goals.

Pet Loss Support gently guides people through the grieving process of losing a pet.  Please contact us if you would like help during this difficult time.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact Jessie Clifford, Director of Humane Education at (772) 600-3221 or

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer with your pet at any of these programs? Visit our volunteer page for more information.  Being a pet therapy team is very rewarding for you and your dog!

4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave

Palm City, Florida 34990

Main Line: (772) 223-8822

Fax: (772) 220-3610

2015 Treasure Coast Choice Award


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