Community Awareness & Community Outreach
The Inland Valley Humane Society is pleased to offer a variety of educational programs including shelter tours, off-site presentations, on-site classes, a youth volunteer program and DIY project ideas. Click on a button below for more details about these fun and educational opportunities. If you do not see a program listed that you are interested in, please contact us and share your idea.
If you do not see a program listed here that you are interested in, please contact us and let us know.
A special behind-the-scenes tour of Ruth McConnell Animal Care Center.
Want to learn more about Inland Valley Humane Society? Then book a tour for your group today! Tours are available for school groups and other community groups (church groups, scout troops, day care centers, camps, etc.) Tours are free, but groups are encouraged to collect and donate items from our wish list at the time of the tour.
Shelter Tour groups are taken on a tour of the shelter where they will see all of our adoptable animals and learn about our intake and adoption processes. Tour groups should consist of no more than 15 children. Visitors MUST be at least 5 years in age. Tours typically last an hour and are held Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Veterinary Clinic Tours
Clinic tours are available to school groups, grades 9th-12th. These tours are typically reserved for students interested in veterinary programs. Clinic tour groups will be engaged in a presentation about the pet overpopulation problem and taken on a tour of the shelter as well as our veterinary clinic. Clinic tours typically last one-and-a-half hours. It is preferred that clinic tours consist of no more than 10 students.
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Students meet and greet with a Humane Officer and a special dog – 1968
Are you looking for a fun and educational way to make a difference? Educational and interactive classes are available for groups of all ages. These classes take place in our training center and include a tour of our shelter. Classes are customized based on each groups’ age, needs and interests. Topics may include pet overpopulation, responsible pet ownership and careers in animal care and rescue. Classes include interactive games and crafts, and may also include special animal guests.
Class cost: $10 per student
Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum number of students: 15
Class Duration: 2 hours
Classes may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Collect items from our Wish List to help get our shelter animals adopted.
Here are few projects you can do at home.
One bed earns credit for 2 hours of volunteer time.
• New or clean used bath towel (BATH TOWEL ONLY)
• Batting from fabric shop the thicker the happier
• Needle and Thread, sewing machine would be good
• Odd yarn
Fold the towel in half width wise. Sew up the outside edges. Cut the batting to fit the inside of the towel and insert. Sew the opening closed. Now take pieces of yarn and stitch through the entire towel and batting and tie off. Place the yarn tie-downs evenly on the pet bed. This helps the batting not to shift and bunch when being washed. You have a great easy-clean-pet bed. The homeless cats and dogs do like these.
10 toys earns credit for 1 hour of volunteer time.
• Baby Socks (BABY SOCKS ONLY)
• Stuffing or fiberfill
• Dry Catnip
Take a baby sock and fill from toe to heel with stuffing. Now add a pinch of dry catnip. Pinch the sock around the heel and ankle. Stretch the ankle and cuff and tie itself close to the heel. Done! An easy cat toy to make and cats love it.
One garden earns credit for 8 hours of volunteer time.
• Clean old margarine container
• Potting soil
• Seeds for grass, alfalfa, carrots, lettuce
Punch a few little holes in the bottom of your container. Add your soil to 1 inch of the top. Moisten the soil and let it drain. Plant your seeds into the soil. Keep this moist but do not drown. Keep in moderate indirect sun. When the seed are 2 inches or more give the planter to the bunny and start another.
The Inland Valley Humane Society offers presentations emphasizing kindness, compassion and respect for all animals. Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes and is customized to fit the unique needs of students, teachers and the school/organization. Each presentation discusses the role IVHS plays in our community, why pet adoption is important and one topic listed below. Two presentation topics can be booked for a full hour presentation. We continue to develop programs to meet the needs of our community, so if you have a different presentation in mind, please contact us to see what might be arranged.
Children learn about how to care for pets in Be Kind to Animals Week 1954.
We try very hard to honor all requests but due to the number of requests, it is not always possible. Two to three weeks notice for any presentation is recommended and very much appreciated. If you are interested in scheduling a speaker to visit your school or group, please click here.
Be Dog Smart
Children are the number one victims of dog bites! This lesson will teach students all the basics to keep them safe around family pets as well as strays.
Help Me Get Home
This presentation teaches students the importance of pet identification and what to do in the event a pet gets lost.
This lesson teaches students about caring for a pet. Students will learn how to be a responsible “pet parent” by identifying all the things that pets need to be healthy and happy.
This lesson teaches students about the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering, adopting from the shelter, and making a lifetime commitment to their pet.
This presentation introduces students to jobs and careers in the animal care and rescue industry. Please book your presentation early in the school year to ensure availability!