PHS partners with Peoria area schools to offer a character development program called Kindhearted Kids. Our goal is to help instill life-long values and grow childrens hearts for important lessons on responsible pet care, kind treatment of all living creatures, humane care of animals and their habitats. Students also learn good decision-making, and how to be safe around animals. Each child is given a stuffed dog or cat to take home and be responsible for. Stuffed animals come with a name, background information, and medical history. Additionally, students keep daily care logs in journals and complete lessons on pet care.
In previous years, the children have wholeheartedly embraced the program. Several pets have their own outfits, blankets, and accessories. Classes even created a “doggie daycare” location in the classroom for their pets to stay while the kids were in school.
The Kindhearted Kids program is designed to promote empathy and kindness toward animals and help families understand the importance of responsible care of pets and making the right decision when it comes to adopting a new family member! The Peoria Humane Society is proud to be a part of this innovative way to help children learn the importance of caring for pets. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Wanda Muntwyler Foundation.
Testimonals from students are included below.