Allison Argo
The Last Pig 

Shawna Weaver 
The Last Pig

Fostering Compassion Through Film: The Last Pig

The Last Pig film is a documentary that follows a small-scale pig farmer’s last year of pig farming. The classroom version of the film and accompanying curriculum is a unique resource for humane educators interested in a structured set of lessons that highlight the connection of how compassion connects to the food on our plates. This presentation offers educators the chance to see the classroom version of the film, talk with film director Allison Argo, and explore the curriculum packages that accompany the film.

The presentation includes a film screening, Q&A time with the director, and a discussion about education through film, including information about Argo’s several other animal welfare documentaries.

Erica Callais Falbaum, PEP!
Tech Tools and Tips for Reaching Gen Z

Think outside the classroom! Much of humane education is kid focused, yet overlooks reaching kids where they hang out the most- on their phones!

Generation Z, is the most tech connected generation yet! With kids and teens consuming up to 8 hours of media online each day, much of their information and opinions are produced based on what they see through the screen in front of them. This presents a clear need for and opportunity for educational content.

Therefore, humane educators should leverage social media to reach young audiences to get their message out while they are impressionable.

Technology and social media can help create new outreach methods that are accessible, economical, and effective.

Learn how to tap into generation z and utilize modern technology to make the most of your humane education program! 

Amelia Curtis
San Diego Humane Society

Staci Hurley
San Diego Humane Society
Evolution of Adult Programming

San Diego Humane Society has a rich history (20 plus years) of adult programs. Over the past five years, our programs have evolved to meet community needs, interests and trends. We currently offer a variety of programs to both educate and engage community members. We will discuss the programs we currently have and why, what topics are most popular and engaging, issues and struggles and how we continuously connect adult community members to our mission.

Dr. Cini Bretzlaff- Holstein

Humane Education, Social Work, Social Work Education: A Potential Collaborative Partner

This workshop will present findings from a qualitative research study in which humane educators and social work educators were interviewed regarding the similarities and differences between the two disciplines. Humane education and social work are interdisciplinary in their pursuits of justice. Whereas social work is informed by many other disciplines and collaborates with other professions and disciplines, humane education, too, is interdisciplinary in its work to make learning connected across subject areas around real-world issues that are solutionary-focused (Weil, 2016). In addition, they are both research-, evidence-based in their efforts to engage with, assess, intervene, and evaluate efforts in addressing real world issues.

Social work’s roots did at one time considered the welfare of all creatures and had a more explicit sense of responsibility to both the human and nonhuman world. Social reformers (i.e. social workers) in the 19th & early 20th centuries were involved in campaigns for reforming education, housing, and labor, alongside the abolition of slavery, the protection of children, and the prevention of cruelty to animals (Ryan, 2011). Anti-cruelty to animals organizations and societies served as a template for the creation of legislation to counter cruelty, abuse, and neglect to children (Ryan, 2014). Nonetheless, social work could be considered a humancentric discipline.

Although there is much more research on social work and environmental justice, as well as the human-animal bond and animal-assisted interventions in social work practice, a dialogue in the literature pertaining to inter-disciplinary connections between social work education and humane education is minimal (Bretzlaff-Holstein, 2018). It is argued that the social work profession has an ethical responsibility to seek the welfare of humans, the natural/living world, and other species in which it moves away from anthropocentrism (i.e. humans are the most important species; nature exists for human uses) and speciesism (i.e. discrimination based on species) toward ecocentrism (i.e. responsibility to and for natural/nonhuman world; humans worth is not more than nature) (Faver, 2013; Gray & Coates, 2012; Jones, 2010; Ryan, 2011; Wolf, 2000). As such, an examination of the similarities & differences, and beginning dialogue about opportunities in which the two disciplines might engage and collaborate with each other based on the research findings will be presented.

Kelsey Joseph
The Humane League
How to Teach about Farmed Animals

We know that animals, all animals, are sentient beings. We often talk about companion animal welfare, but when it comes to talking about animals raised for our food, it makes us uncomfortable. With animal agriculture as a leading cause of global warming, declining human health and extreme animal suffering, it’s imperative, as educators, that we do.

Considering what we eat can offer us hope and empower the next generation, the students that we teach, to have a choice over what our future planet and society looks like.

Conference goers walk away with the ability to describe modern animal agriculture and its effects on animals, the environment and human health.

Phil Arkow
National Link Coalition
Introducing the Animal Abuse/Humane Violence LINK to Students 

Traditional humane education focuses just on animal welfare issues. But it is always easier to gain access to crowded and regulated school curricula by tying in to existing state or core standards. With increasing interest in how animal abuse is also Linked with human violence, the National Link Coalition has created "The Cruelty Connection: Animal Abuse and Its Links to Human Violence." This free PowerPoint and Lesson Plan can be used by APHE members to show how animal abuse is connected with bullying, school shooters, student safety, child welfare and development, and other Link issues such as domestic violence and elder abuse. We’ll review this new program and explore ways it can enhance your humane education outreach.

Mandy Hood   


Redefining Animal Cruelty: Innovative Approaches in Community Outreach and Humane Education

Neglect is the primary form of animal cruelty seen before the courts; yet, our current definitions of animal cruelty do not consider the challenges and suffering of pet owners living in poverty.  In this workshop, examine theories of structural violence and opportunities to redefine animal cruelty within our organizations and approaches. This workshop will highlight two tangible ways to integrate this new definition of animal cruelty into community outreach and humane education programming.

Kristina Hulvershorn

Kimberly Korona


The Classroom as a Microcosm for Changing the World

Taking time to address behavior and issues related to social justice are often thought of as competition to humane educators, as access and time with students is so limited. What if we turn this idea on its head? What if all of these are strengthened when we understand and teach them in a holistic way?  

This workshop will illustrate the ways that teaching about self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making are not only part of humane education but an essential one as well!

Considering this holistic approach opens more doors for traditional humane education topics and really helps teachers and students with behavior and classroom culture.  We will illustrate this important relationship by showing how humane educators can address social and emotional development needs and increase student engagement. Participants will engage in  activities and identify which adolescent development tasks are addressed within the lesson. When we make a conscious effort to address these important skills within our programs we will transform the field of humane education, cultivating prosocial behavior even more intentionally, and create the humane world we envision for the future.

Josie Espinoza

City of San Antonio

Animal Care Services

Bringing a Furry Friends Club to Every After-School Program

Learn about using hands-on activities to stimulate a student’s mind not only mentally but visually. By letting students use their all of their senses to reflect on what they are learning about their pets and other animals, they gain empathy towards a shelter’s purpose.

Understanding how building partnerships with other animal shelters and school districts is the foundation to bringing a Furry Friends club after program alive in your neighborhood.

Identify different topics to demonstrate to students about responsible pet care, safety and compassion for animals in their community.

Liz Walch
Animal Place
Modeling Your Message: Increasing Your Organization's Impact 

Humane educators in shelters play a pivotal role in guiding their organizations toward making ethical choices. By recognizing the broader implications of their work that may reach beyond the animals in their care, humane educators help position their shelters for making the most impactful changes for animals while also fulfilling comprehensive humane education’s core values of intersectional approaches to justice, sustainability, and a humane world for all.

Presented by Animal Place’s Food for Thought campaign—a program that works with animal and environmental nonprofits to develop animal- and earth-friendly menu policies for sponsored events—this talk will introduce humane educators and advocates to new ways of achieving their shelter’s mission and becoming humane leaders by engaging with the food justice movement. We will show how initiating some simple organizational policies for events and outreach can not only reduce animal suffering but also model humane standards to the community and create partnerships with other movements.

Dr. Roger Haston
PetSmart Charities
The Future of Animal Welfare

Much of the animal sheltering world has been focused on how to improve the lives of pets that end up in shelters. In this session, Dr. Haston will review a history of animal welfare, examining important trends in the industry, and then build a vision for the opportunities and challenges that we face in the future. It will focus on the importance of the human animal bond and how many constructs and narratives of the past need to be revisited. We will then delve into some of the innovative approaches that are reaching out beyond the shelter walls and into the communities to help not only pet homelessness but really find ways to preserve, improve and grow the bond between people and pets.


Courtney Campbell
East Bay SPCA
How to Make Humane Education Invaluable to Your Organization 

The East Bay SPCA has a Humane Education department of 4 full-time staff members and a self-sustaining revenue to offset our budget. Learn how we did it, and how you can too! This presentation will touch on how to balance mission-aligned free outreach with income-generating programs, where to boost revenue, and how to bring in the data you need showcase the true value of Humane Education at your organization.

Robyn Moore

Rachel Filtz

Karly Noel 
Red Rover
Designing a Comprehensive After-School Humane Education Program for Elementary Children

This will be a fun, meaningful presentation that gives educators the knowledge, tools and inspiration to go out and create their own humane ed. program (or even one-off lesson) for young kids. Either in an after school club, at the library, bookstore or community center. Lessons/curriculum will include ALL components of humane ed including environmental, human and animal. There will be a collaborative, interactive component where groups have to tweak an existing lesson plan to include more components of humane ed. This will get educators thinking in a way that shifts the goals and focus of traditional lesson plans. Creating lessons that support and foster empathy, compassion, and responsibility are crucial to humane ed.

Emerging as Your Best Self

Humane education is re-emerging stronger than ever before. We are compassionate leaders transforming the landscape of humane education and helping the world become a better place for animals, people and the environment! We need champions able to take their knowledge and skills and activate their audiences, inspiring them to be changemakers.  How can we be our best self in order to lead others, to teach others, to inspire others? Join us for an engaging presentation as we delve into and create an action plan for what it takes to be your best self and why the field needs you at your best!

2019 Conference

Hosted By
Arizona Humane Society
January 16-18, 2019
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