Growing Kinder is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing Humane Education presentations and programs that support the animal-human bond.
We strive to nurture empathy, personal responsibility, and compassionate stewardship for all: caring for pets, respect for nature, and positive community involvement.
Pet Start, Kids Speak for Pets, Service Learning Projects / Service Learning Together, Boy Scout Merit Badge Counseling, Project WILD™, Dogs & Storks, and other companion animal behavior and
Humane Education is defined by the National Humane Educators Society as “teaching people how to accept and fulfill their responsibility to companion animals…to understand the consequences of irresponsible behavior and finally, Humane Education encourages the value of all living things.”
The birth of humane education, as a national effort, dates back to 1915. That year, “Be Kind to Animals Week” (celebrated the first week in May) was inspired Dr. William O. Stillman, leader of the American Humane Association. B.K.A.W.'s primary goals were visiting local schools to promote the development of humane education, and publicizing the good works of the nation’s humane societies. Growing Kinder strives to continue in the spirit of the original humane educators for the betterment of all of our community – people and pets together, hand in paw.
California (Cal Ed Code § 233.5; (2007)
§ 233.5. Duty concerning instruction of pupils concerning morals, manners, and citizenship. (a) Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship, and the meaning of equality and human dignity, including the promotion of harmonious relations, kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures, to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity, and falsehood, and to instruct them in manners and morals and the principles of a free government. (b) Each teacher is also encouraged to create and foster an environment that encourages pupils to realize their full potential and that is free from discriminatory attitudes, practices, events, or activities, in order to prevent acts of hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 233.
Growing Kinder's youth programs are all provided at no cost to students, their classrooms, or their schools as a public service in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Your donations, and other grants, allow Growing Kinder to continue to provide these services to our community. Thank you for your support!