As a way to spread the word about responsible pet ownership, we developed the Boo Rich Humane Education Program, named in memory of Christopher Cutler Rich, whose love for animals was an inspiration to all.

Through our Humane Education Program, we teach children the importance of spaying and neutering, the effectiveness of positive reinforcement training, proper handling, grooming techniques, animal body language, and why we should treat all animals with respect and understanding.

Volunteers and the Volunteer Coordinator visit schools, attend special events, and host Humane Education classes for children (and adults!) of all ages and backgrounds here at NEAS to inform the public about animal welfare and shelter life. Each session is tailored to the group in order to give the best information and help those in the classes to understand the material being taught and demonstrated.

For every person who gets a chance to meet and greet a pet, it is our hope that they leave with a better understanding of the animals that we share our lives with and strive for love and respect to all living creatures.

As with all the Shelter’s programs, we depend on donations and private funding to maintain our Humane Education Program.