Humane education at Pets Return Home focuses on meeting the needs of the community by offering programs that will develop and enhance the learning process of respect, Humane education is broad and encompasses animal, environmental and human rights issues. It is the teaching of kindness, justice and mercy to all life. At Pets Return Home, the goal of the humane education program is to develop, promote and sponsor programs to encourage kindness, consideration and prevention of cruelty to animals.

Why is humane education important?

By incorporating important concepts like knowledge, compassion and respect, humane education teaches individuals to be aware of the life around them, empowering them to take responsibility for their actions and understand the consequences of irresponsible behavior. Learning to make choices that do not cause harm, and living cooperatively with compassion and integrity are valuable life lessons. If such lessons of compassion, respect and integrity are taught early, kinder lifestyles will follow.

Classes and Workshops

Scout Badge Programs

Are you the leader of a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop? Are you looking for a fun way for your troop to earn their badges? Check out our scout programs. All programs are an hour-and-a-half to two hours in length.

Girl Scout Badge Programs offered:

  • Daisy
  • Brownie
  • Juniors
  • Cadette

Boy Scout Badge Programs offered:

Tiger Cub

Tigers in the Wild – Scouts learn about animal tracks and poison ivy and will take a hike to find each of them. When they return to the building, they will meet some of our resident animals to learn interesting facts about them as well.

Wolf Cub

Paws on the Path – Scouts will take a hike to find birds and bugs that live in our area. They will then be able to meet the birds and bugs that live on site as well as some other exotic animals. Bear Fur, Feathers, and Ferns – Scouts will be able to identify extinct or endangered animals in North Carolina and observe wildlife from a distance. They will also l earn about and interact with animals who reside at Pets Return Home Ranch.

Bear Cub

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns – Scouts will be able to identify extinct or endangered animals in North Carolina and observe wildlife from a distance. They will also learn about and interact with animals who reside at Pets Return Home Ranch.

Webelos

Webelos Walkabout – Scouts will learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous reptiles. They will be able to interact with many non- venomous reptiles we have on site including snakes and lizards.

Summer Camp

Critter Camp

Critter camps are designed to be a fun, educational camp experience for children who love animals. All camps involve daily interaction with animals, completing service projects, hearing from guest speakers, and experiencing animal-related activities. Campers will learn how to train and care for animals and to promote humane animal care to others.

Life at the Ranch

Campers will learn what it takes to care for the animals at Pets Return Home Ranch while listening to stories about the animals, creating craft masterpieces, playing games, and interacting with animals

Animals as Olympians

What makes an animal so special and unique? What can animals do that people cannot? In celebration of the summer Olympics, students will care for and interact with the animals as well as participate in our own Critter Camp Olympics each day.

Future Veterinarian

Each day campers will have interactive demonstrations to help them learn about x-rays, surgery, sutures, dental health, and more. They will have a lab coat and a stethoscope to use throughout the week.

Classes and Workshops

School Field Trip Programs

Our school field trips are developed by a licensed teacher to offer hands-on animal encounters and interactive activities for students. Programs are based on common core standards to help students explore the curriculum. Each program is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours long (depending on the size of the group).

Beginner Buddies Preschool Program

Beginner Buddies Preschool classes are specifically designed for children ages 1-5 years old. Classes involve a story, craft, and time with the animals. Some programs also include songs. This is a great way for parents, grandparents, or guardians to spend some extra time with their child while learning, crafting, and having fun