Educational Programs

Global Strays’ educational workshops engage youth with a unique curriculum teaching the foundations of animal welfare. Our shelter partners saw a great need for animal welfare knowledge in the underserved communities surrounding their shelters. As a result, Global Strays Educational Program was born to foster better and more humane relationships between community members and animals for owned pets, strays, and working animals.

Global Strays believes that education is the best way to cultivate long-lasting change. Our full-day workshops engage youth in informative lessons, reinforcement activities, and creative projects that follow the workshop’s theme. Our curriculum continuously expands to address the educational needs that our local staff observe in their communities while considering the broader cultural environment. We strive to focus on the connection between the well-being of animals, our fellow humans, and the environment. Known as the One Health Model, animals, people, and the environment are all connected, and our workshops explore the importance of all three.

The Five Liberties of Animals

Our current educational workshops are on the Liberties of Animal Welfare.

This student drew a dog in its dog house with a water bowl next to it. She had learned that dogs should have access to clean water 24 hours a day, even during the night and early morning.

Older students created posters in groups that illustrated that animals should not suffer from a lack of food or water.
Students left this workshop with a complete understanding of the 1st Liberty of Animal Welfare, ¨Liberty from Thirst and Hunger.¨ Students pledged to provide food to their animals and always give them access to clean drinking water!

“When you ask the kids what the 1st Liberty is, they yell it [out] loud! And then the same for the 2nd Liberty. They remember everything! It’s amazing!¨

– Elisa Quiroz, Global Strays Educational Coordinator.

(center, back row)

“The children have learned a lot about the importance of spaying & neutering, vaccination, the responsibility of having a pet, and the respect they should have for the life of all beings.”

-Maria Fernanda Pacho Galindez (left), Educational Coordinator Colombia, Fundación Pacto Animal

A presentation was given covering the basics of owning and caring for pets. This included the importance of feeding, exercise, grooming, training, spaying, and neutering, and veterinary care. We also introduced the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, which teaches that animals should be free from hunger, discomfort, and pain; and be free to express normal behavior without fear or distress.

What did you learn today?
¨Not to hit dogs, and that if we see a dog outside, we can bring them into our homes, tuck them in with a warm, soft blanket, love them and take care of the dog’s babies.” -Michell

Students created projects highlighting an animal and its normal behavior in its natural habitat.

The one above reads: The dolphin: Swims a lot, comes to the surface, eats fish, and is friendly.

After each lesson, students are given different projects to reinforce what they have learned. For this assignment, students reacted to what they would do if they saw that their dog was visibly ill. This student responded ¨I would take it to the vet to know what the dog has and to have it in good health.¨