Humane Education Resources

The items listed below are available from Friends of Torrance Animals at no cost to the teacher, student, or school participating in our Adopt-A-Classroom program. Most are downloadable.

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Featured book: ASPCA Resource Guide for Teachers


This 153-page guide is filled with informational articles, resources and standards-based lessons for K-8. The guide is ideal for any teacher who wants to incorporate humane education into the classroom. Perhaps most useful, the ASPCA Resource Guide for Teachers includes a calendar of important animal-friendly dates and months matched to corresponding standards-based activities and lesson plans.

Teachers will appreciate its user-friendly format in a three-ring binder. The lessons include teacher instructions and have reproducible handouts that can be photocopied and distributed to students.

Topics covered in the guide include: service learning/community service, humane education and character education connection, animal-assisted therapy, animal careers, animals in the classroom, emergency preparedness, and students' rights concerning dissection and alternatives to dissection and experimentation.

This book is available for loan to classroom teachers in Torrance - at no charge to the teacher! To request a loan, send an e-mail to or leave a message at (877) 571-4189 with your name, school, and contact information. Priority is given to participants in our Adopt-A-Classroom program.


Fido! Friend or Foe?

This 24-page book includes pages to color, a maze, connect-the-dot, and other activities that help teach children how to act responsibly and safely around dogs. The book was written by two students at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Alabama.

Friends of Torrance Animals makes a special effort to distribute copies of this book, provided by State Farm Insurance agent Gary Blackburn, in May for Dog Bite Prevention Month. Copies are available throughout the year on request.

For downloads, visit the website for Land of Pure Gold, Fido


Dog Bite Dos and Don'ts Coloring Page

Dog bites can be avoided when people behave safely and responsibly around dogs.

This coloring page shows examples of four "safe" and four "unsafe" behaviors, explained on the second page.

Friends of Torrance Animals makes a special effort to distribute copies of this coloring page in May for Dog Bite Prevention Month. Copies are available throughout the year on request

To download, click Coloring Page


Hatching Good Lessons: Alternatives to School Hatching Projects

This is a 16-page guide booklet for elementary school teachers and other educators, including parents. Following a brief overview of the problems involved with classroom bird-hatching and mechanical incubation, you'll find a variety of exciting learning activities for students in grades K-6 (some activities are K-12). Students learn about the development and life of chickens and other birds through classroom programs, activities, and projects.

To download, click Good Lessons

Upon request, FTA will purchase the books or other products referenced in this guide for teachers in the FTA Adopt-A-Classroom program who are interested in using these materials instead of chick-hatching. Friends of Torrance Animals does not support chick-hatching or bird-hatching projects in classrooms.

New York Humane Education Resource Guide

New York State Humane Education Resource Guide

The New York State (NYS) Humane Education Resource Guide was designed to help teachers integrate Humane Education into their elementary classrooms. Humane Education is the fostering of respect, understanding, compassion and responsibility toward all human beings, animals and the environment. Each lesson has clear objectives for both teaching academic content and the affective domain of students.

The lessons in this 171-page guide are separated according to animal category and content area so that teachers can easily locate lessons that fit into their curriculum. Animal categories are Companion Animals, Wildlife, and Farmed Animals. Content areas are Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, and Art. The lessons allow students to gain knowledge and understanding of animals through interactive, hands-on activities. Great importance is placed on promoting self-discovery and critical thinking as well as developing leadership skills to put compassion into action. The activities were designed for relevancy to content areas and were field-tested by classroom teachers around NYS. Children’s literature was chosen especially for it’s unique way of contributing to humane themes.

To download, click NYSGuide

Guest Speakers


Sandie Freeman: Co-existing with Wildlife; How to Co-exist With Skunks

Sandie Freeman is active in local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. She holds a Special Shelter permit from California Fish & Game, and is an Animal Disaster Volunteer. She works closely with veterinarians and animal control agencies, sharing knowledge about the safe handling of wildlife so that euthanasia is not the automatic answer. She is comfortable working with skunks, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums.

Ms. Freeman is the author of "Nuisance Wildlife: Are You Inviting Them?" which teaches people how to cope with wildlife in their space while humanely convincing the wildlife they do not want to remain.

Participants in the Friends of Torrance Animals Adopt-a-Classroom program who want to arrange a presentation should contact or leave a message at (877) 571-4189.

For tips on co-exisiting with wildlife, click here

For tips on co-exisiting with skunks, click here

Wildlife Inspector at LAX

Mike Osborn, Supervisory Wildlife Inspector, US Fish & Wildlife Service

(310) 328-6307

At Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's largest designated port, Wildlife Inspectors clear hundreds of legal imports per week and intercept numerous shipments that are found not to be in compliance. As a Supervisory Wildlife Inspector in the Division of Law Enforcement of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Mike Osborn helps enforce U.S. and international laws to protect wildlife.

Mr. Osborn has been a guest speaker for Friends of Torrance Animals and other community groups. He describes the challenges of enforcing the Wild Bird Conservation Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other major wildlife protection laws. He shows photos and examples of wildlife and wildlife products confiscated from the thousands of boxes, in dozens of shipments that enter Los Angeles every day.

Wildlife Inspectors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are the Nation's front-line defense against the illegal wildlife trade - a criminal enterprise that threatens species worldwide. These professional import-export control officers ensure that wildlife shipments comply with U.S. and international wildlife protection laws. Stationed at the Nation's major international airports, ocean ports, and border crossings, Wildlife Inspectors monitor an annual trade worth more than $1 billion. They stop illegal shipments, intercept smuggled wildlife and wildlife products, and help the United States fulfill its commitment to global wildlife conservation.

Wildlife Inspectors must understand and enforce a range of U.S. and international laws, regulations, and treaties that protect wildlife and limit commercial traffic in endangered animals and plants. They must be able to identify thousands of different species, both live and as parts or products. Inspectors clear legal imports and export, and stop shipments that violate the law. They make sure that wildlife imports and exports are accompanied by the required permits and licenses, and verify that the contents of shipments match the items listed on declaration forms. They pay special attention to live wildlife, checking to see that animals in transit are treated humanely.

Marine Animal Rescue

Peter Wallerstein, Marine Animal Rescue

For over 20 years, Marine Animal Rescue has come to the aid of entangled or beached whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and sea birds along the California coast.

Marine Animal Rescue volunteers have rescued thousands of marine animals - including at Torrance Beach!

Marine Animal Rescue also conducts educational presentations and community outreach programs throughout Los Angeles County. In addition to their rescue expertise, Marine Animal Rescue is an advocate for marine wildlife, networking with organizations throughout the world. Marine Animal Rescue vigorously opposes the capture and confinement of healthy marine mammals.

Participants in the Friends of Torrance Animals Adopt-a-Classroom program who want to arrange a presentation should contact or leave a message at (877) 571-4189.


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Some portions revised Oct 21, 2013