The Kindness Club
Part of the Society’s mandate is humane education, and we have programs in the school system, that reach approximately 5,000 school age children each year. The Kindness Club was another way to establish an opportunity for children to be a part of the shelter community.
What does the Club do? The focus of the Club is to teach children about animals using “kindness” as the recurring theme. The aim is to build a habit of being kind and that each child’s kindness will encourage others to return their kindness. Each week’s theme is different and many crafts, games and activities are done to reinforce the objectives of each lesson. Generally the content includes: animal safety, dogs, cats, small animals, and wildlife. We host many informative guest speakers, such as: a reptile expert, veterinarian and dog trainer.
Club members will also choose an animal in the shelter that they would like to follow the progress of. Finding homes for the animals in the shelter is very important and there is a lesson that the children learn throughout the eight weeks, about the animals that continue to wait for a new home. These reasons are discussed and examined on a weekly basis.
How old do you have to be to participate? There are two age groups that meet. The first group is called the Junior Kindness Club and is for 6-8 year olds. The second group is called the Senior Kindness Club and is for 9-12 year olds.
What is the group size? The Kindness Club is small; there are only 10 children in each session. The program is headed by a staff member, with volunteer assistance each week.
When does the Club Meet? The Club meets once a week for 8 weeks, with sessions starting in the Fall, Winter and Spring. The Junior Club meets from 6-7pm. The Senior Club meets from 7:15-8:30pm. Attendees will have the choice of enrolling for either the Wednesday evening or the Thursday evening. The Club does not operate in the summer.
How much is the Club? The fee for the Club is $150 (includes HST).
Do the children get to volunteer with the animals? During the meetings, Club members will have access to appropriate child-friendly animals within the shelter and also with animals that may visit us as part of our weekly topic. Club attendees will not be volunteering cleaning kennels or interacting with shelter dogs.
How do I register my child? To register your child, please fill out and submit the registration forms – they are available in the shelter or click here to download. You will be contacted several weeks prior to the start of the Club, provided there is a spot available. Spots will not be secured without payment. Contact the Community Outreach and Education Department at 905-845-1551 ext. 114 or 118.
Loved the Kindness Club? If you have already completed the Senior Kindness Club, there is a LEVEL TWO program that runs on Monday evenings. If you are interested, please call/email us for more information!