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What is Humane Education? Meet our Educators

DSCN1776What is Humane Education?

Humane education teaches people how to accept and fulfill their responsibilities to companion animals, such as cats and dogs, and all forms of animal life. It explains the consequences of irresponsible behavior and encourages people to see the value of all living things.

Over the past few decades, our society has become increasingly aware of the connections between animal abuse and violence against people. Therefore, the need to promote kindness and empathy through effective humane education in our communities is greater than ever. Furthermore, encouraging a deeper consideration of the humane choices available to us in our daily lives will lessen animal suffering and create a more peaceful world.

With the right knowledge and resources, anyone can become a humane educator. Many humane educators work on a volunteer basis, often in partership with a local animal shelter. Other humane educators represent animal welfare charities. Schoolteachers, camp counselors, scout leaders, and even parents can  include humane learning  in their own classrooms, groups, and at home. To request a free NHES presentation at your school, visit our program request page.

An effective program encompasses:

  • Sound educational methods
  • Clear goals and objectives
  • Accurate information
  • An atmosphere of openness and acceptance
  • Opportunities for critical thinking

Request a copy of “Teaching Kindness; A Handbook for Offering Humane Education Programs” to get started offering humane learning activities in your classroom, club, or youth organization.

Meet our Humane Educators
Over the years, NHES humane educators have reached thousands of youth across the United States teaching compassionate and responsible treatment of animals.



Hayley is seen here with Katie who found her forever home.

Hayley Miller

Hayley grew up in an animal-loving home in central Pennsylvania, where she learned from a young age that animals should be treated as members of her own family.  As a former 911 dispatcher, Hayley has become passionate about teaching the public about animal welfare issues in the community. She holds a degree in Music Education and enjoys singing and playing the piano. Hayley currently lives in “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia with her husband, dog, and two cats.








Megan Hessenberger

Megan has had the privilege of being around animals all her life and knows the joy and love they bring. She is honored to call Anna C. Briggs, the founder of The National Humane Education Society, her great-grandmother. She has been in the education field for over ten years with a focus on Early Childhood Education. Megan enjoys the scenic mountains of West Virginia and now lives in the lovely “Mountain State” with her husband, dogs, and family.




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