We believe teaching respect and kindness is the first step towards creating a more empathetic and compassionate community.

From groups to individuals, from preschoolers to seniors, we have an educational experience for everyone.

Community Outreach Events

Blue Ridge Humane Society loves getting out into the community and talking to people about what we do! Whether it be hosting an adoption event at your organization or tabling at festivals, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to connect with members of our community.

Education Programs

Nurturing the bond between children and animals at a young age encourages empathy and compassion not just for animals but for the entire world around them. We visit schools, libraries, and other organizations offering educational presentations doing just that.

Humane education lessons include the ABC’s of animal sheltering, understanding your pets needs, pet communication, and much more. When you schedule your visit, we will work with you to meet the learning needs of your students.

Reading to the Rescue!

Reading to the Rescue! is a program that encourages the unique friendship between young readers and Shelter animals. Children between the ages of 6-14 are invited to come out to the Shelter and practice reading aloud to our cats or dogs.

Studies done by Tufts University suggest that…

“Human-animal interactions can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children.”

“Autistic children who were put in contact with an animal demonstrated increased use of language and had improved social interactions while with the animal.”

Shelter Tours

Guided tours are available for all ages. We will escort you through our adoption center while sharing information about our history, the animals we care for, and our community programs and services.

Service Learning Experiences

There are many fun and interesting things you can do to help the animals of Blue Ridge Humane Society. These ideas are great for school groups, scout troops, youth organizations, to do with a few friends or to do all on your own. Take a look at our Youth Service page to learn more.

Are you interested in having us at your next event or scheduling an education program? Contact aprodrick@blueridgehumane.org for more information.