What we do
Our vision is that every pet will one day enjoy a healthy life in a happy home. One of the ways in which we hope to achieve this is by educating the pet owners of the future through free talks for schools and youth groups. The Blue Cross Education Team teaches young people about pet welfare, staying safe around dogs and responsible pet ownership from an early age to encourage behaviour change across a generation. In reaching as many children and teenagers as possible, we can improve the lives of both future pets and their owners, and stamp out cases of animal cruelty and neglect in the process.
In 2017 we reached more than 95,500 young people through 2,553 talks. Our education officers and volunteer speakers across the UK deliver talks and assemblies to a range of age groups in both primary and secondary schools. Sometimes, they are able to take temperament assessed education dogs to reinforce our message of responsible pet ownership – we can even work to help children overcome a fear of dogs. We have a range of curriculum linked learning materials available for download, enabling teachers and leaders to link our work to their topics.