As part of its mission, the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) is responsible for educating the community about companion animal welfare. We are always excited to talk to your students, your scouting troops or your members about our animals and share facts about our shelter. We can even bring an animal to represent all the others in the shelter.

Humane Education Field Trips

HSHC offers school field trips onsite to give local students the chance to learn about The Humane Society and how HSHC helps animals in our community while learning about animal care. Students will participate in a humane education lesson followed by a tour of the shelter.

We offer field trips for grades 1 through 8. Every lesson will be tailored for each age group and specific interest. Field trips onsite will run from 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. and include a 30 minute lunch break. We offer these special humane education days on the first and third Wednesday of every month.  To schedule your group for a Humane Education Day, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 410.836.1090 x104 or

Girl Scouts

Whether looking to earn badges or seeking to obtain a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, there are plenty of educational opportunities available at the shelter to Girl Scout, Brownie and Daisy troops. Many troops hold supply drives and then wrap-up their projects by delivering their donations and taking a tour through the shelter. For a listing of project ideas, please check out our Youth & Group “Pet Projects” booklet.  Other troops want to earn a Pet Care or a Try It badge, so educational programs can be tailored to a troop’s specific needs.

Tours typically last from 45 minutes to one hour and include a brief lecture about what the shelter does, our animals and our needs. We walk through the small animal house, the cat room and the dog kennels. Interaction with the animals is kept to a minimum for safety. To arrange a tour of the shelter and/or an educational presentation please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 410.836.1090 x104 or

Boy Scouts

If your boy scout or cub scout troop would like to tour the shelter, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 410.836.1090, x104 or Young men working toward their Eagle Scout rank are welcome to submit project ideas to HSHC. Potential project ideas should be submitted in writing to


Many Harford County public and private schools select HSHC as the recipient of their service learning activities. Examples of successful activities include supply drives, craft projects such as making cat toys, and penny wars between classes. For additional project ideas, please take a look at the Youth & Group “Pet Projects” booklet. A representative from HSHC, along with an animal ambassador (if allowed), is available to come and speak to students about the shelter and animal welfare issues. Presentations can be given to jumpstart a program or given to wrap-up a successful lesson. Topics might include how to care for a pet and the associated costs, the importance of spaying and neutering, and responsible pet ownership. Presentations can be tailored to suit a variety of needs. To schedule a speaker for your classroom, contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 410.836.1090 x104 or