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Humane Living

Creating a More Humane World

​Empathy leads to Compassion and Kindness.

Compassion and Kindness lead to Action.

Action leads to a more Humane World.

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Positive Change

In our Humane Living program, we work with both youth and adults to share ways of making positive change for animals, humans, and the environment.  Join us in education, in collaboration, and in daily action to make our world more humane.

​Looking for ways to participate in change for a more humane world for adults and families?  Check out our Humane World Heroes page for weekly activities and challenges with which you can engage!

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Field Trips and Group Tours

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In-School Initiatives

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Humane Education

All of our programming at the sanctuary and offsite lives in the field of humane education (HE).

The Academy of Prosocial Learning provides a comprehensive definition of humane education:

Humane education encourages cognitive, affective, and behavioral growth through personal development of critical thinking, problem solving, perspective taking, and empathy as it relates to people, animals, the planet, and the intersections among them. Education taught through the lens of humane pedagogy supports more than knowledge acquisition, it allows learners to process personal values and choose prosocial behaviors aligned with those values (https://www.prosocialacademy.org/)

Additional benefits of HE programs include character building and ecological minded individuals.

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How does ZoFo teach humane education?

  • ​Youth will visit the sanctuary to learn about animal care through feeding animals, interacting with the animals, and learning the overall responsibility and skill sets required in managing a sanctuary.
  • Youth and adults will work on social and emotional education through building on relational skills with animals and one another.
  • Youth and adults will learn and discuss solutions to various environmental and animal welfare issues.
  • Youth and adults will practice displaying empathetic and compassionate behavior to the world and one another through multiple interactions with different species and each other.
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