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Announcing the 2017 Humane Award Recipient!

The Alberta SPCA’s Humane Awards recognize Alberta teachers and students who inspire others to show compassion for animals, people and the environment through example and leadership.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Humane Award recipient!

The Animal Rescue Crew at F.R. Haythorne Junior High in Sherwood Park is working to enhance animal welfare in the province. The work of the Crew at one time done by an extra-curricular club, is now achieved primarily through an option course providing greater opportunity for more students to learn more about animals, and how to enhance their well-being through awareness and service learning.

With over 100 students involved, the Animal Rescue Crew has raised over $10,000 for local organizations that help animals. In addition to their highly successful fundraising initiatives, the group has invited a number of guest speakers to enhance student learning and researched and critically discussed a variety of animal issues. Students have learned more about the human-animal bond and how animals and people mutually benefit from interaction.Students have also explored and discussed the “Five Freedoms” for animals, created posters to promote their school’s recycling program, and studied Dr. Jane Goodall’s conservation efforts.

Humane Award Final 2017

 

Sylvia MacInnes, the lead teacher who started the Animal Rescue Club a number of years ago is understandably proud of her students and so appreciative of the support from members of her staff.  The Animal Rescue Crew provides a space for students to learn and understand that their actions affect others, animals and the environment and empowers them to make positive choices.

Way to go F.R. Haythorne Animal Rescue Crew and their supporters!

 

What inspires us? What sustains us?

Many years and several careers ago, I came across this picture in a magazine; for some reason it resonated with me, so I cut it out and put it in a thrift store frame and hung it on my wall. Something about that lonely, hungry animal overlooking the beautifully chaotic landscape spoke to me, though…Continue Reading

5 – Freedom to Express Normal Behavior

This week we will be discussing the last of the Five Freedoms: the freedom to express normal behaviour. This freedom is all about providing an animal with an environment that allows for behaviour that promotes their well-being. This is accomplished by providing the animal with sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of their own kind.…Continue Reading

4- Freedom from Fear and Distress

This week we will be discussing the fourth of the Five Freedoms: the freedom from fear and distress. This freedom is about providing animals with conditions and treatment that do not cause them to suffer mentally or physically. Read the following blog with your students to learn more! Have you ever heard strange noises at…Continue Reading

Speak up for humane education in the new provincial curriculum

Albertans have until June 2 to provide input into preliminary draft documents of the new curriculum being developed by Alberta Education. Now’s your chance to voice your opinion about including humane education, animal welfare or other topics related to kindness to animals, people and the environment. Here’s some tips to make it easier. Before you…Continue Reading

3- Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease

Welcome back to our Five Freedom series! This week we will be covering the third of the Five Freedoms: The Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease. This freedom is all about preventing health issues in domestic animals, and rapidly diagnosing and treating them when they do occur. Read the following blog with your students to…Continue Reading

2 – Freedom from Discomfort

This week we will be discussing the second of the Five Freedoms: The Freedom from Discomfort! This freedom is all about ensuring we provide domestic animals comfort which is achieved in different ways. Read the following blog with your students to learn more. At the end of a long day, where do you want to…Continue Reading

1 – Freedom from Thirst and Hunger

As mentioned in last week’s blog, we are doing a weekly blog series for the next month about the Five Freedoms! This week we will be discussing the first of the Five Freedoms: the Freedom from Thirst and Hunger. This Freedom is all about ensuring animals are provided with ready access to fresh water and…Continue Reading

Exploring the Five Freedoms

Developing a sense of responsibility is a critical component of character and citizenship education. We will be exploring this theme through addressing our obligation to be responsible for animals in our care. The more we learn about animals, what they need to be healthy, how they feel safe, what they like or dislike, etc., the…Continue Reading

Spotlight on Volunteers – April 2017

Kelsey Neill – Animal Research Intern Kelsey Neill has spent this year volunteering with the Alberta SPCA compiling animal research on  health, proper care, safety and just fun and interesting facts that make animals unique. These facts will be featured on our facebook and twitter pages and will be used in the development of new…Continue Reading

Blog posts represent the opinion of the author and not necessarily the opinion of the Alberta SPCA.