The AACL through its Education Programme aims to instil empathy, kindness and a humane ethic towards animals. Our Responsible Pet Care programme emphasizes pet care responsibility and teaches hands on basic pet care, highlighting important issues like sterilization, tick/flea and disease control i.e. the importance of vaccinating against diseases such as rabies, distemper etc.
It further makes children aware of the function and services the AACL Shelters provide, promoting among others adoption and the identification and reporting of cruelty to the inspectorate.
The Education Program is in essence based on the 5 Freedoms of Animals:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom to express normal / natural behaviour
- Freedom from fear and distress
Education Officers are available to visit schools (free of charge) to introduce learners to animal welfare and to create an awareness of some of the challenges and to teach basic responsible pet care skills.
Schools are also invited to visit the AACL Shelters for guided tours so that learners can see first-hand how shelters operate and the services they provide.
Education material such as posters and worksheets are developed and available free of charge to assist teachers in the classroom.
Education projects like the Annual School Poster Competition (Gauteng) and the School Tin Collection Drive also create awareness and give children the opportunity to get involved and support the AACL.
Many schools have annual Fundraising or Pet Food Collection campaigns in support of their local AACL society.
Through the Volunteer Programme children also get the opportunity to interact directly with the animals in the shelters. Volunteer courses are presented to assist and prepare children to work hands on with the shelter animals.
What to do if you find a Stray Companion Animal
Two floating awards, the Kind Cup for Primary Schools and the Care Award, are presented annually to schools which have shown exceptional support to the AACL in that year.
BE KIND TO ANIMALS
This educational puzzle will not only give children an interactive opportunity to play, but will also teach them the importance of being a responsible pet owner. Hopefully this will help to engender kindness, compassion and respect for companion and farm animals.
Follow these simple instructions to make your own puzzle at home: *
*(Parental supervision recommended)
- First download and print your own copy of the AACL’s beautiful colourful jigsaw puzzle free of charge
- Glue your printed puzzle on thin cardboard and cut on the lines to make your puzzle!
- Easy! Now have fun and learn at the same time!
Parents and teachers can firstly ask children to identify all the animals in the picture.
Then describe the interactions between the humans and the animals
Highlight the following important aspects that are depicted in the puzzle:
- All animals need healthy food and clean water daily
- Animals need adequate shelter
- Companion animals need exercise, love and attention
- Animals should be kept on a leash when walking them
- All animals must be allowed to behave in a natural way and to be comfortable
- (Note the free-range chickens / ducks / cows / sheep. The pig is not in a crate)
- Companion animals need identification i.e. ID disks
- Animals should not be allowed to stray (note the fences)
- Companion animals need regular check-ups and inoculations at a vet
- Animals need to be healthy and free from pain and injury
- Sick and injured animals need to see a vet a.s.a.p.
- Dogs, cats and some farm animals like horses, need to be groomed and kept free from ticks and fleas (See the girl busy brushing her dog)
- Working animals should not be overloaded (See horse with cart). No animal should be beaten or ill-treated
- Report people that are ill-treating animals to the AACL