OHS Education Department is offering in person and online classroom enrichment

Our vaccinated staff is ready to join in-person and virtually.

A classroom visit with OHS for grades K-8

Let us join you in your classroom to present a topic of your choice. These topics and presentations can be adapted for virtual visits. Common topics include:

  • Working with Pets
  • The Healing Power of Pets
  • Dog Safety I & II
  • Kindness and Compassion
  • Care of Pets

* We are able to bring a canine companion, if one is available. We are sorry that we cannot guarantee this.

Virtual tour of OHS animal areas

We take the students on a virtual tour through the shelter, including cattery, the dog kennels, our small animal room, and past our veterinary surgery window in the Medical Center. We can even show some behind-the-scenes areas that can’t be accessed in person. Afterwards, we save time for your questions.

Pet Tales

We will read one of our favorite books to your class (Grades 1-5). We have a variety of age appropriate stories exploring the themes of animal care, adoption, kindness and compassion, and loyalty and friendship.

* We are able to bring a canine companion, if one is available. We are sorry that we cannot guarantee this.

Be Safe Around Dogs

Choose a topic below or let us customize a presentation just for you and your classroom.

  • Dog Safety I: This presentation teaches the basics of dog safety to our younger students. (Grades K-3)
  • Dog Safety II: This presentation teaches students to recognize basic dog body language and how to use that knowledge to figure out what a dog is feeling and how they may act. (Grades 4-8)

Feedback from Teachers

“This was wonderful. Barb was a pleasure to talk to, and a great presenter who was very patient with our sometimes rowdy group. The presentations were informative and fun. Our kids gave us positive feedback as well. Thank you!”

“I appreciated it when the presenter checked in with me to make sure the handouts were leveled correctly for us. I enjoyed watching the presenter answer the children’s questions in such an engaging and interesting way.”

“You guys are wonderful! I have used this service for about five years now! Our year wouldn’t be complete without it.”

“Thank you! We loved having Barb and Maddie visit and I felt that my students learned valuable information about how to be safe around dogs. I think adults would benefit from this, too!”

OHS is here to support your students and classroom. We are here for you!

Since 1921, the state of Oregon has required (ORS 336.067) humane education to be added to the school curriculum so students develop an appreciation for all animal life and are taught humane treatment of animals. Through the generosity of OHS donors, this service is provided free of charge to schools.

To schedule classroom presentations, please fill out and submit our Presentation Request Form below.

  • Primary Contact/Teacher Information

  • School and Classroom Info

  • Presentation Preferences