Humane Society to host educational series

NASHUA – Due to the success of the HERO program at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, the shelter will be hosting a series of seasonal education events throughout the school year and over the holiday breaks.

For Halloween, the shelter held a free one-hour program, and with teacher and staff guidance, children learned the superstitions and truth about cats, read a few tales to the rescues and were given a tour.

"This Halloween program was offered to home-schoolers and children who love animals. It was a special treat, and we were so happy to meet children and their parents in our community who care about animals. It was a great learning opportunity," said Susanna Hargreaves, Humane Society board trustee and education chair.

The Education Committee at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua created the HERO program to teach children to be safe around animals, take care of their pets, help animals in the community, and promote the resources available at the shelter. An acronym A HSFN HERO is: Helpful – by completing service projects; Educated – by acquiring knowledge about the welfare and proper treatment of animals; Respectful – by being considerate of people and animals alike; and Outspoken – by developing a lifelong advocacy for animals.

"The HERO program encourages and nurtures children and animal lovers through various kid friendly activities. Our monthly Reading to Rescues is held every second Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m. We also offer in-shelter and in-school visits to teach animal safety and pet care. We provide ways for children who are interested in animals to accomplish community service. We get requests for private tours and to read to the rescues from youth organizations and parents as a way to reward children for their good behavior and to encourage their love for learning about animals," Hargreaves shared.

For more information, visit www.hsfn.org

Submitted by the Humane Society of Greater Nashua