CAHS youth education programs enrich the community by focusing on humane education throughout a child’s life.

Elementary curriculum explores a series of hands-on activity stations that reinforce concepts in veterinary care, pet costs, pet grooming, pet point of view, animal cruelty and animal careers. Middle and high school programs focus on pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, animal abuse and human violence, and careers directly or indirectly involving animals. Email Lexy at to learn more.

Camps and Workshops

We are excited to announce dates for the 2019 school year. Camps are very popular and will fill-up quickly. Please register as soon as possible.

Spring Break Camp – Ages 8-14  Fee: $150
During this week-long camp, kids will experience hands-on activities with shelter pets, enjoy animal-related arts and crafts, enrichment projects, games, and much more.
April 1-5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, please contact our Programs Manager, Lexy Ritenburgh at



CHAT Club 

Children for Humane Animal Treatment (CHAT) are after school clubs that welcomes kids ages 8-14. We aim to teach children to interact positively with and respect animals. Lessons include: animal handling, animal behaviors, pet ownership, animal careers, safety, and TLC.

Please join us the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14

Tales to Tails

Tales to Tails is our newest way to share special time with our furry friends.

Reading helps shy and fearful dogs and cats to learn to relax and socialize with people? It helps to teach high-energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable. When children tell stories to the shelter pets, it also helps them develop their reading skills.

Children ages 5-14 are welcome to participate in this program. CAHS provides a variety of animal-themed books and seat cushions. However, children are welcome to bring their own books from home. A parent/guardian must accompany each reader and remain with the child at all times. Please note that space is limited.

There is no fee for Tales to Tails, but pre-registration is required. We do encourage children to bring a small donation, such as soft dog treats, a cat toy, or an adjustable dog or cat collar. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes while participating in the Tales to Tails Reading Program.

  • Monday, January 21 (MLK Day) from 12-1:30 p.m. – THIS SESSION IS FULL!
  • Monday, February 18 (President’s Day) from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

For more information about our Tales to Tails program or to register, please contact our Programs Manager, Lexy at

Classroom Visits

We love to visit classrooms in the Tri-County area and have a wide variety of programs designed to teach humane values. We are always interested in developing new ideas and our education team can assist teachers in developing specialized lessons. Each visit includes an optional visit from a shelter pet. There is a $25 fee associated with these visits. To schedule a visit, please contact Lexy at (517) 626-6060.

Shelter Tours

We offer group tours and presentations for school field trips and other community organizations. Each tour consists of a presentation in our education room, a tour of our shelter, and an opportunity to meet some of our shelter pets in a very safe, hands-on experience. Our presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. There is a $25 fee associated with shelter tours, but many groups choose to donate items from our shelter wish list. To schedule a tour, please contact Lexy at (517) 626-6060.

Community Visits

We are moving beyond our shelter walls to provide important programs and services to people in a variety of neighborhoods of our Mid-Michigan community. Our goal is to increase accessibility for people in identified areas; making it easier to become connected to valuable programs and services. Now, in addition to hosting many programs at our shelter, we are taking our services on the road, directly to people who need our help.

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge Programs

CAHS offers lessons to assist troop leaders in attaining badges. Lessons may be planned around Daisy Scouts, Brownies, Juniors, Cub Scouts, Lions, and more. Please email Lexy at to schedule a visit.