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Humane Education Programs

The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire now offers Humane Education Programming including a reading to shelter animals program, Scout program,
in-classroom presentations, monthly kids newsletter, and more! 

May 2024

Click to download this month's edition of the Kid's Corner Newsletter or flip through it below!

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Tales for Tails

Reading Program

Schedule a time for your child to come and read to a shelter pet!


The program is offered on Wednesdays, Fridays, and every other Saturday for children of all ages and can be scheduled by clicking the link below. 


Tales for Tails is a humane education program where children can practice reading skills in a fun environment! The reading program also offers opportunities to foster empathy and compassion in children while benefitting shelter pets by providing them with companionship and opportunities for socialization as they await adoption.


Tales for Tails

Guidelines for Readers

  • Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Readers must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Readers must have a waiver completed by their parent or guardian.

  • Readers will choose a cat or small animal to read to from the available animals. Readers should not physically interact with animals or enter colony rooms without approval from staff.

  • Bring your own book or pick out a book from our Humane Education Library.

  •  The program is free, but donations are always welcome and appreciated!

Questions? Email our Humane Educator,

Carolyn, at

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About the Library


Thank you to Eagle Scout, Cora Steichen for all her hard work creating the library!  In August of 2021, Cora, a junior at Bedford High School excitedly embarked upon the task of creating a Humane Education Library at the shelter as part of her Eagle Scout project.

The Humane Education Library consists of more than 200 books geared towards readers from Pre-K to 4th grade, with a focus on thoughtfully teaching kids about animals, humane animal care concepts, how to safely interact with animals, wellness, and more. 


This project was inspired by Anne-Marie Pepe (the 2020 Volunteer of the Year who began the Paws with Mrs. Pepe Humane Education Program in 2019) and was funded with the help of a Volunteer NH-Volunteer Generation Fund Grant as well as individual project supporters.

Humane Education Presentations

The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire offers FREE humane education lessons to schools, libraries, and other organizations!

Lessons and presentations include topics such as responsible pet ownership, dog safety, and kindness for all living things, as well as the role of the shelter in the community. Activities and lessons aim to empower kids to make a difference for animals at home and in the community while developing social-emotional skills. In-person and virtual options are available!

For more information or to schedule a presentation, email our Humane Educator,

Carolyn, at or call (603) 472-3647.

Scout Badges and Tours

For Scouts looking to complete the requirements for a badge, we can help fulfill most of requirements for badges such as your Pet Badge and Animal Helpers Badge!


If you are a troop leader looking to have your troop tour to learn about the role of the shelter in the community and about pet care or to help complete badge requirements, we can currently accommodate small groups of 6-8 Scouts and their group leaders.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, email our Humane Educator,

Carolyn, at or call (603) 472-3647.

Writing to Rescues

Does your child have a love for animals?

Need to practice some writing skills?

Look no further! All of our adoptable animals are also available as pen pals. Write a letter to a shelter pet, and your letter may even be featured on our social media with a photo of your new pen pal!

Mail your letter to:

Writing to Rescues - "Shelter Animal Name"

545 Route 101

Bedford, NH 03110

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