Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Getting Caught Up

It's been a busy month in the education department at HAWS.  This is one of our busiest times of the year.  Scout troops call in droves to set up tours, school have us come out for multiple sessions of their High Interest Days, and additionally we still do the regularly scheduled programs and start planning for our summer camp.

Just before Easter HAWS hosted students from Waukesha South High School for a morning of learning about HAWS.  The Veterinary Science Initiative (VSI) program provides science based curriculum for high school teachers to use and ends with a shelter visit.  It's a great way to get humane education into the high schools while at the same time adhering to instruction standards. 

The students learned about what our staff do on intake -- check for parasites, and evaluate over all health.  They had an opportunity to observe surgery, learning about canine body language and get a feel for what a typical day in a shelter is like. 

After Easter we held our Spring Break Camp for 14 students from Whittier Elementary School.  The kids were able to learn about different aspects of animal welfare, and participate in a stolen dog CSI activity.  Luckily the dog was found safe and sound due to the sleuthing abilities of the students to match up fingerprints and hair samples. 

What's next?  Getting our Critter Club to put together activities for our annual Pet Walk on May 2 being held at Sussex Village Park.  Hope to see you there!