Welcome to Humane Education at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control!
For over 30 years it has been our mission to teach empathy, kindess and compassion to the youth of our community through animals. We offer several on-going educational programs, supply sponsored Kind News magazine subscriptions for classrooms across the city - reaching thousands of students, create children's programming for local public access channels, and more! We are driven by the hope that through education we can prevent animal cruelty and neglect in our community.
Over the last two decades there have been numerous studies on what’s known as “The Link." Researchers have found significant correlations between animal abuse and domestic violence, elder abuse and other forms of violence. Animal abuse does not happen in a vacuum and a home where an animal is being abused is a strong indicator that others in the home are not safe. Not only that, but researchers have found that children who witness abuse toward animals are at a higher risk of become abusers themselves, thus continuing the cycle of abuse and violence. But that’s where we step in.
Our goal as humane educators is to intervene. We don’t just teach kids how to safely greet dogs, prevent bites and be responsible pet owners. We teach them to understand how animals might feel in different situations. We teach them empathy and believe that when children are more empathetic and show compassion toward animals – they, in turn, will also be more compassionate towards people they interact with too, thus stopping the cycle of violence.
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