On Animal Planet you can view the series ”Animal Cops: Houston”. This series presents the heroes at SPCA – The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Houston. A team that solely focuses on saving animal lives in the fourth largest city in the USA. The Animal Cops in Houston is one of the most popular shows that focuses on the connection between humans and animals. In the show we meet members of the team that on a daily basis work to save animals from cruelty and/or difficult situations.
Photo, courtesy of Houston SPCA
The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Their Mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations. Among the services they provide we find for example:
24-injured animal rescue
Lost and found
Pet Loss support group
Maverick Wagner who’s an investigator at SPCA has always had a heart for animals and has been an advocate for animal welfare. Maverick says, ”the best part about being an investigator is, at the end of every day, knowing I have made a difference in the life of at least one animal. It is always rewarding to see the lives of animals improve by educating owners on proper animal husbandry or helping animals out of a very bad situation and seeing them adopted into great forever homes”.
Shawna Sundberg worked in the entertainment Industry for 13 years and realized that her true calling was helping animals so she went back to school and studied courses in the Veterinary Technician field. “I started working for the Houston SPCA in 2006 as a Rescue Technician and joined the Animal Cruelty Investigations Team about a year later. I find it very rewarding to be able to give the animals I
work with every day a voice and find that educating the public in what Texas law requires of a pet owner and the proper care of their pet is an important step in the fight against animal cruelty.”
Photo, courtesy of Houston SPCA
Humane education is the teaching of respect, kindness and compassion in relation to animal welfare, social justice, and environmental issues. It can bring forth the desire and capability to live with compassion, integrity, and wisdom and can give the knowledge and skills to take action in meaningful ways that allow humans to live in a kinder world.
On a smaller scale, humane education teaches people how to properly care for and respect their companion animals, such as cats and dogs, and all forms of animal life. It can be used as a tool to explain the consequences of irresponsible behavior and motivate people to see the importance of living creatures other than ourselves.
More than ever we are realizing the connection between child abuse, animal abuse, and violence towards one’s peers. The need to teach kindness and empathy through guided humane education programs, while still connecting with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, is greater than ever. Humane education is the only educational method that recognizes how powerful the connection we have with nonhuman animals is and allows us to use that connection to share our humanity with others.
According to the National PTA Congress,
“Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind and considerate in their relations with each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies, more humane, more law-abiding-in every respect, more valuable citizens.”
We, at Vimeddjur.se are hoping that we don’t have to wait very long before humane education is introduced into Swedish schools. If you want to know more about the Animal Cops in Houston visit www.hspca.org or send them an email at: email@example.com.
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