Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society Introduces Early Childhood Programs

The Anti-Cruelty Society remains the Chicago area’s largest and oldest animal welfare organization. In addition to offering pet adoption services and special events, the Anti-Cruelty Society also offers dog training programs, a veterinary clinic and foster program. Recently, the Anti-Cruelty Society has announced the addition of Early Childhood Programs into their programs and services. The new programs will feature a safe learning environment where kids can be creative and learn about pets. In addition, the Early Childhood Programs aim to increase or form a bond between the children and the animals.

Although children need to be accompanied by an adult caregiver during the sessions, they are encouraged to be independent and express their individuality, while sharing their thoughts, ideas and participating in activities. Learning about pet safety is especially important for the young child. By learning how to interpret a cat or dog’s body language and what it means in relation to the mood of the animal, children may be safer around pets. Subjects slated for inclusion in the Early Childhood Programs include cat body language, greeting a new cat, and cat care. In addition, kids will learn about dog body language, how to care for a dog, and how to greet a new dog.

Other than interacting with dogs and cats, children will have the opportunity to listen to stories, do crafts and participate in dramatic play. The Anti-Cruelty Society is a non-profit organization and is open every day. Children who enjoy participating in the Early Childhood Programs might want to continue working with animals when they’re older, by volunteering. The Early Children Program classes will meet at The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Mullane Auditorium, which is located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, at 169 West Grand Avenue. The cost for the classes are $30 per session, and will last for one hour. Each class can accommodate twelve children and twelve adults.

If you want more information about the Early Childhood Programs at the Anti-Cruelty Society or to register, call 312-644-8338, extension 344, or visit the Anti-Cruelty Society’s website. The June session, which is cat-centered will take place on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on June 3rd, June 10th and June 17th, or 2011. The July dog-centered sessions will be held on Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., and will meet on July 8th, July 15th and July 22nd, of 2011.

The Anti-Cruelty Society also provides a pet loss support group, adoption services and a lost and found pets department. They provide help and care for any needy animal 365 days per year.