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              Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding

              Animals are sentient beings which means they have feelings just like us and have needs just like us – talking to communities about this is the starting point of education, and also the only way we'll end the abuse, abandonment, and neglect our animals face.

              Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. This starts with children, and simply talking to them about caring for and respecting the animals they encounter daily. Owning a pet like a cat or a dog is a huge responsibility and something that costs time, money and dedication. It is not a decision that should be taken lightly and never the responsibility of child, and always one for an adult. Talking about owned animals encountered daily such as dogs and cats is often the starting point of much deeper conversations at community level about pets, wild animals and even the environment.

              Education at community level takes place in the form of school holiday programs at public libraries, talks on pet care at community halls, schools, play schools, libraries and other. The FOUR PAWS Close To Animals - Teachers Training Manual, or elements of this, is used in most educational instances and in future we also want to up-skill teachers, educators, caretakers and community leaders to use our manual to educate their own communities.   

              If you are interested in talks at your school, community or any event, please feel free to contact our Education Coordinator Tanya: tanya.van.tonder@four-paws.org