Discover what we do. How we do it. And how you can help.
Many of us have experienced the phenomenon of love at first sight when encountering a helpless animal. Instantly smitten, we instinctively want to protect and care for a suffering pet. But good intentions are not enough. Let us help you help our community’s furry friends. Education is an integral part of our strategy to improve the lives of animals. Plan a visit to the CAP Animal Shelter with your group TODAY.
Our humane education presentations often feature one of our well-behaved CAP Ambassador Pets. We love to speak to businesses, clubs, and scouts. With decades of practical experience, CAP offers proven advice and programs that help citizens like you make a difference in the lives of companion animals and the many people who love them.
Popular Education Presentations
Storybook readings with discussion - Typically one hour
- "Before You Were Mine" by Maribeth Boelts. Adopting a shelter dog comes with unconditional love, but also many questions. A little boy imagines what life was like for his new dog. A great introduction to the needs of animals and the basic care required for a pet to be healthy and happy in your home.
- "Cookie's Fortune" by Lynda Graham-Barber. Portraying the challenges of surviving in a huge city, it's hard not to get emotional as a stray dog searches for food, shelter, and comfort. The role of an animal shelter and the choices we make to help is introduced.
- "Kamie Cat's Terrible Night" by Sheila Hamanaka. A curious cat finds herself missing home when her misadventures give her a glimpse into the lives of her neighbors. Will Kamie be able to find her way back home?
- "Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person" by Sheila Hamanaka. A puppy finds himself seeking advice from a wise older dog while staying in the local animal shelter. Learn about the needs of dogs, the role of an animal shelter and the value of adopting adult pets.
- "The Forgotten Rabbit" by Nancy Furstinger. No longer new and exciting, a rabbit finds herself forgotten and isolated. A young girl rescues the rabbit and names her Bella. Find out about the many fun activities and the friendship that Bella and the girl form in this delightful story that explores the human-animal bond, pet care and responsibility.
Lessons & Topics - Typically one hour
- The CAP Animal Shelter - Our mission & purpose
- Reading the Signs - Understanding Body Language
- So you found a kitten? Kittens & Puppies 101
- Safe Pets, Safe Kids - Bite Prevention
- Community Cats – Our Feral Cat Assistance Program (FCAP)
- Beat the Heat – Summer pet safety tips (We do winter tips too!)
- Road-Tripping – Traveling with pets & preparing for emergencies
- Making a difference – How volunteers help save lives
Our educational programs can be tailored to meet your needs – just let us know what topics you would like us to focus on and we can adapt to your particular needs. We can also suggest various service projects and even lead an activity such as making a cat toy adapted to the age and abilities of your group. Everyone loves to meet our CAP Ambassador pets and remembers their visit for years to come. Contact our Humane Education Coordinator to schedule a visit to the CAP Animal Shelter.
Can't make it to the shelter? Book the Road Show!
Let CAP come to you! Our well-behaved ambassador pets love to visit schools, businesses, and community groups wanting to learn more about our homeless animals and what we can do to help. Weekend, weekday, and evenings are available. Wishlist donations or pet food drives are encouraged to help us care for our homeless pets. We also have project suggestions for anyone wanting to do more that are suitable for various ages and abilities. We also love to participate in health fairs and festivals. Invite us to speak at your next gathering.
All requests should be made at least 2 weeks in advance and monetary and/or Wish List donations are encouraged for our homeless pets. To book your event please print out and complete the Request for Humane Education Visit form. Please consider more than one date. Once we receive your completed form we'll check the dates you request to see what we have available for you. Requests for any date and time are not reserved until confirmed by CAP staff via email. Contact our Humane Education Coordinator for more information.
Shelter Tours with Educational Discussion
CAP offers tours of our beautiful CAP Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center where participants get to see what we do and how we do it first hand. Tours include a humane education lesson and questions are encouraged. Tours can be scheduled between 1pm - 5pm most weekdays for groups up tp 20 and generally last for one hour. Larger groups will have to be broken up and could extend the duration of the program from 1 hour to 2 hours. During the summer months tours can be booked between 1pm - 3pm most weekdays for groups up to 20. We are unable to host tours on the weekends when shelter has the most visitors and our primary focus is pet adoption
Unable to physically visit? No problem! Tours can be done in person or virtually via live video platforms such as Google Meets, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc. Our tours include a humane education lesson and questions are encouraged. Learn more by visiting Tours in Shelter Activities or contact our Humane Education Coordinator.
Support our Storytime Library
Did you know we have a small reading library for kids to browse when waiting on a pet adoption with their families or read to a shelter pet during our weekly Storytime program? While we love books of all types, we are wanting to edit our current offerings and fill the shelves with books that portray animals realistically, offer a positve and humane lesson and empower kids to respect and care for the many creatures that share our community. Check out our Storytime Wishlist of books that inspire and celebrate animals and the kids that love them. Books do not need to be new. USED, GOOD, HARDCOVER, or LIBRARY BINDING BOOKS make wonderful additions.