School Visits & Shelter Tours

Wellington SPCA can visit your school, club or organisation or you can come and visit us. We regularly visit students of all ages, clubs and adult organisations. Presentations are flexible and can cater to individual needs upon request.

We can arrange both shelter tours and educational talks for groups interested in learning more. Visits typically last about 45 minutes to an hour and can cover a diverse range of topics, including: the history of the SPCA, animal needs, animal welfare, pet overpopulation, building trust with people and animals, clicker training and more. In many cases, our visits fit into school curriculum. Special presentations can be designed for groups with more specific needs.

Specially selected SPCA animals are often brought along to meet people and reinforce the work we do and the special nature of the lives we help.

For more information or to make a booking, click here or contact the Humane Education Officer on 04 389 8044 ext 827.

 

Preschool

Our preschool presentation lasts about 30 minutes. The presentation uses a flip board to demonstrate the basic needs pets and people have. Props and a specially selected SPCA animal are used to enhance learning.

Click here for preschool-aged teaching resources.

Key message:

● Pets basic needs (the 5 Freedoms)

Primary

Our primary school presentation looks at what the SPCA does and at the needs of both people and animals. Children are encouraged to think about their individual needs and compare those with the needs of animals. Props and pictures are used to enhance learning. Children get to meet and learn the story of a specially selected SPCA animal. Children will also learn what they can do to help animals in their community.

Click here for primary teaching resources.

Key messages:

● Pets basic needs (the 5 Freedoms)

● The SPCA helps animals in our community.

● Pets feel things like hunger and pain in the same way that they do.

Intermediate

Our intermediate school presentation looks at the role of the SPCA in our community. We look at the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and the needs of both people and animals. Children learn about different types of animal welfare complaints and see pictures of actual cases that have occurred in our community. Children are encouraged to talk about these cases and express their feelings and thoughts. A specially selected SPCA animal is brought along for the children to meet.

Click here for intermediate teaching resources.

Key messages:

● Pets basic needs (the 5 Freedoms)

● The SPCA helps animals in our community.

● Pets feel things like hunger and pain in the same way that they do.

● Pets depend on people to stay happy and healthy.

College

Our college presentation looks at the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and discusses the role of the SPCA, how we help animals, different problems we face and current animal welfare issues and about communicating with government officials to change loose government legislation. A specially selected SPCA animal is brought along to meet the young people.

Click here for college teaching resources.

Key messages:

● Pets basic needs (the 5 Freedoms)

● The SPCA helps animals in our community.

● Pets feel things like hunger and pain in the same way that they do.

● Pets depend on people to stay happy and healthy.

● The Animal Welfare Act 1999 provides protection from harm and neglect to animals in New Zealand.

● Students can communicate with government officials to change legislation that they think needs to be changed.

Adult groups

We have a special presentation designed for adult groups including Rotary, retired persons and more. This presentation looks at the work of Wellington SPCA, problems the SPCA faces, animal welfare legislation and how people can help. We can also bring along specially selected SPCA animals for everyone to meet.

Animal centre tours

Our animal centre tours offer a fun and exciting way to learn about the SPCA. Tours can be provided for groups eight years of age or older.

The tour visits most areas of the shelter and is a great way to learn how we help animals, about reducing and preventing problems like pet overpopulation and disease, about the services we offer and about the different ways individuals can help animals and prevent cruelty to them.

Click here for shelter tour teaching resources. Presentations can be altered or specially designed to suit different learning objectives.

For more information or to make a booking, click here or contact the Humane Education Officer on 04 389 8044 ext 827.



 

 

 

 

 

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