HELP (Humane Education Learning Program)

Our Humane Education Learning Program (HELP) is an interactive and service-oriented program that meets the needs of homeless animals. Eileen and her certified therapy dog Ginger teach nursery to college-aged youth.

Preschool students aged 2-4 years raise their hands to share with OBOL’s mascot Ginger how they keep their pets healthy and happy.

Our HELP lessons help raise awareness of the plight of shelter animals. Students learn why animals end up in shelters, solutions to solving this problem and how they can help.  In addition, our goal is to encourage them to collect blankets and other comfort items for shelter animals.

HELP lessons provide a sense of compassion and teamwork. Students achieve feelings of accomplishment while learning how their actions make a positive difference.

These lessons have proven to be a long-term solution to pet abuse, neglect and abandonment.

H.E.L.P. Curriculum Topics

  • Respect and Be Kind to All Animals
  • Adoption is the Best Option
  • Pet Care and Responsibility (How to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy)
  • Promoting Compassion for All Living Creatures
  • Why So Many Animals End Up in Shelters
  • Animal and Human Bonding
  • Help Local Shelters, Rescue Groups & Pets of the Homeless
  • Why Spay and Neuter Your Pet
  • Shelter Overpopulation
  • Puppy Mills
  • What is Animal Cruelty?
We can arrange a private tour at shelters for older children.   They can then bring their donated items and place them in the kennels, experiencing first-hand how a simple blanket makes the animal feel safe, secure, warm and comfortable.  They learn that this increases the animals’ chances of being adopted.


OBOL Pet Clubs


Girl Scouts serve as youth ambassadors for OBOL.

This is a great opportunity for children of all ages, who love animals, to make a contribution to their community.  Some may even be thinking of a career with animals.   Pet Clubs promote animal kindness, support animal rights and “Adoption is the Best Option.”  It is a fun-filled club dedicated to help eliminate homeless animals through volunteer work, events and fundraising.
Our goal is to increase appreciation and respect for animals, promote care, compassion and lifelong humane ethics for all living creatures.

Become an OBOL Youth Ambassador

We choose children from 9 to 21 years of age to represent OBOL. They must exhibit compassion and a love of animals. Youth Ambassadors speak at their school and participate at our information booths at pet expos.

Youth Ambassador's project was making presentations to her school and doing a successful collection drive.

This Youth Ambassador’s project was making presentations to her school and doing a successful collection drive.

Thanks so much for coming to visit our class! It really made an impact on how I feel about animal shelters. I also really enjoyed learning about your incredible life. You have made such a difference and I admire you very much. I look forward to working with you.”

~ Madison, OBOL Youth Ambassador