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The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., and AHA Launch the LIFE Humane Heroes Club

Through a partnership between The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., and the American Humane Association (AHA), young people throughout the country will be introduced to compassion for animals through a new after-school program, the LIFE Humane Heroes Club. Designed to teach values like character, respect, and compassion, the LIFE Humane Heroes Club is an outgrowth of the "Be Kind to Animals Week" campaign, the AHA's previous flagship effort to reach out to America's youth. Offering specially designed lesson plans and curricula compiled by the AHA's top experts, the program will provide instruction on numerous topics ranging from discussions on the ethics of animal-human relationships to lessons on responsible pet care. A new initiative for 2013, the LIFE Humane Heroes Club campaign began its inaugural program at the Weston, Florida-based Sagemont School, which provided tours of the newly commissioned Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle and lessons about animal rescue efforts during a fun-filled club launch event.

The centerpiece of the LIFE Humane Heroes Club’s mission is education. The organization has leveraged resources from the U.S. Department of Education, Education World, and the Josephson Institute to offer a groundbreaking curriculum that combines information about compassion for animals with helpful guidance on developing good character. Elementary school students will learn how to create and use pet ID tags, safely interact with dogs, and consider pet ownership. The program will also offer complete educational units to provide comprehensive education on topics for older students, including an examinations of the pet population program, the degree to which animals matter in our society, and issues related to animal cruelty.

Given that research continues to show that pet care and ownership have a demonstrated impact on the lives of children, instilling values like respect, empathy, and compassion, the LIFE Humane Heroes Club hopes to leverage children's interest in pets in order to raise a new generation of warriors for compassion in America. The AHA also hopes to connect the LIFE after-school program with sister initiatives, such as helping children with cancer through animal-assisted therapy. To learn more about the efforts of the AHA and The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., or to find out how you can help support the LIFE Humane Heroes Club, visit americanhumane.org.