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Humane Education Program
Loudoun County Animal Services staff members give community presentations to thousands of students and residents in Loudoun each year! Staff members deliver age appropriate presentations on topics ranging from animal behavior, care of foster animals, local wildlife, and general information about LCAS operations. 

School Programs (No Fee)

School programs are offered to any Loudoun County school and led by the Humane Education Coordinator or an Animal Control Officer. Typically these programs are an hour in length but can be adjusted. School programs are based around the topic of who LCAS is and what we do but educational topics can be adjusted to meet learning and curriculum needs.

How to Book a Humane Education Presentation:

  • There is no fee for group presentations given at sites throughout the county.
  • Due to the high demand for presentations, groups must be expecting at least 25 attendees per presentation.
  • Presentations must be scheduled at least 1 month in advance. While we do our best to accommodate requests, please note that we receive a large volume of presentation requests and therefore cannot guarantee all can be accommodated.
  • Please contact the Volunteer and Humane Education Coordinator by email or at 703-771-5922 with possible dates and times for your presentation, anticipated age and number of attendees, and topic of interest.

Shelter Tours
($10/child, minimum 10 children)

Shelter tours are an hour long program. They include a discussion and a Q&A session in the classroom followed by a full tour of the shelter with visits to available animals.

Monthly Workshops to Learn About LCAS and Helping Animals!
If you want to learn even more about what we do at LCAS and how to help animals, sign up for one of our workshops! We host monthly workshops for children between the ages of 10-15. If you are interested in signing up, please read through the requirements with a parent or guardian:

  • Children must be at least 10 years old to participate and some workshops have older age requirements depending on the content.
  • Children 10-15 years old must attend with a parent or guardian.  Each parent or guardian may bring a total of no more than 3 children.
  • Liability waivers must be brought with participants or completed at the time of the workshop.
  • Children 16 and older may attend by themselves but must bring the liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian with them on the day of the workshop.
  • Registration is required for all participants so we can appropriately prepare workshop materials.  

2017 Upcoming Workshops:

May 27 - Animals in the Elements!, 11:00 a.m.

(recommended for participants 10 years old and up)
Animals need different things as the seasons change just like us! From companion animals like dogs and cats to our livestock friends like horses, pigs, and more, come learn about their needs as summer approaches! Come learn from Officer Breslin about taking care of a variety of animals in different weather and how he helps animals in emergency weather conditions!
Sign Up Online

June 17 - Career Discovery Day, 11:00 a.m. 
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Have you ever considered a career with wildlife? Come out to Master Officer Mark DiLuigi as he talks about monitoring, maintaining and supporting wildlife populations within the county. Sign Up Online

July 14 - Living with Wildlife in Loudoun!, 2:00 p.m.

(recommended for participants 10 years old and up)

Want to know more about the wildlife who we share our beautiful Loudoun County with? Ever see a wild animal and not sure what you can do to help? Officers Henry and Gibson have answers for you! Join them for a presentation all about living peacefully with our local wildlife, how they help wild animals as Animal Control Officers, and what you can do to help! Sign Up Online

August 12 - Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, 2:00 p.m.
(recommended for participants 10 years old and up)

Have you ever seen injured wildlife in Loudoun and wondered how to help them and how they get well? Bring your questions and come learn about the wildlife rescued and rehabilitated in Loudoun County. Wildlife rehabilitators and animal control officers will cover topics such as common injuries and specialized care for wildlife. Sign Up Online

September 23 - Career Discovery Day, 2:00 p.m.
Ever wandered what it’s like to be a veterinarian? Ever had questions about how to become a veterinarian and what kind of animal vets treat? Come out and learn about the vet’s life from shelter veterinarian, Dr. Derbin, as she talks about the animals she loves and treats!
Sign Up Online

October 21 - First Aid for Pets, 11:00 a.m.
Have you ever wondered want to do if your pet has a medical situation? We have the answers. Join us for an introduction to pet first aid. Our shelter staff will be there to take questions and discuss how they use pet first aid and who to contact.
Sign Up Online

November 11 - Birds of Loudoun, 2:00 p.m.
Do you know what a flyway is? Did you know that you live of one of three major flyways in the United States? Come see us to talk about the birds of Loudoun, how they live and how they migrate on the Atlantic Flyway. From eagles to starlings, come hear bird specialists answer questions about of feathered friends.
Sign Up Online

December 2 - Animal Welfare Cases, 11:00 a.m.
Animal Control Officers investigate all kinds of cases that are reported to our department including animal cruelty, abandonments, neglect and animal fighting cases. Come learn from an animal control officer about the animal welfare cases, how they are investigates, animal laws and how to help animals in need. Examples of Loudoun County cruelty cases that have occurred in the past will be discussed so this presentation is recommended for children over 12 years of age.
Sign Up Online

For More Information
For additional Volunteer Program information, please call 703-771-5922 or 
email the LCAS Volunteer and Humane Education Coordinator.

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