Youth Programs

Our humane education program utilizes the natural bond between children and animals to teach kindness, respect and responsibility toward all living things. We offer free customized services to students, teachers and community groups.

We offer education classes, shelter tours, and outreach programs. All programs begin with a brief introduction that includes a variety of information about the CRHS facility, history, services and goals. Donations are encouraged and graciously accepted, but are not required. 

All of our visiting dogs are certified Pet Therapy dogs and are very safe. They love their job of educating and snuggling with children and adults. To ensure participation for your group or event, please schedule early by contacting Maggie Hanson, Humane Education Assistant at 608-781-4014.

Pet Therapy dog Duffy visiting with the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Bible Cam students.

School and Group Presentations

Our humane education programs provide age appropriate presentations for schools, youth groups, and community and business organizations throughout La Crosse County and in neighboring counties when possible. 

A program can be selected from the following list or we will work with you to customize a presentation. 

  • Getting to Know You

  • Helping Hands

  • Community Cats

  • Wildlife and Habitats

  • Animal Adaptations

  • What is An Animal Shelter

  • What is Animal Cruelty

  • A "Bully Breed" Workshop


Information Booths

We can staff a booth or table at your special event, fair or conference. Tables are staffed by trained educators and/or volunteers, and include free event appropriate handouts.

Scout Programs

We have programs designed to meet the badge requirements for Brownies, Junior and Senior Girl Scouts, and the Boy Scout Dog Care Merit Badge. Customized programs are also available to meet your group's needs.

Community Service Projects

We assist students with completing community service projects. We help students plan and carry out a project to fit their requirements and our needs.

Guided Tours

We provide guided tours by appointment that are 30 to 60 minutes in length and include an age-appropriate educational presentation of your choice. The tour also includes visiting the adoptable animal areas.