School Program

child sitting next to a black do with a red collar with her arm around the dog
pets in the community
school program supplies
APA humane education logo

Program materials


Value 1: Introduction

Purina Farms and the APA of Missouri are proud to offer this interactive curriculum emphasizing values like responsibility, compassion, humane, integrity and self-control as well as the importance of responsible pet care.


Value 2: Humane

Be kind and respectful above all else.

Materials provided: Pet-a-Dog worksheet and stuffed dog 

  • Part 1: Ask your students to color the parts of the dog green where it is ok to pet and red in the parts that should be avoided 
  • Part 2: Ask the students to practice properly petting the stuffed dog to reinforce the coloring activity 

Value 3: Responsibility

Caring for others, both human and animal, leads to a more humane society.


Value 4: Self-Control

Take charge of your own actions and emotions as well as assume responsibility.


Value 5: Compassion

Understanding how someone feels and showing support speaks volumes.

Materials provided: Adopter letter template, Caretaker letter template, envelopes, and pencils

  • To Adopter: Have your students write a letter of congratulations to an adopter on adding a new pet to their home.
  • To Caretaker: Have your students write a thank you to an animal welfare caretaker for helping give so many pets a second chance.

Value 6: Integrity

Be honest, show strength of character and do the right thing.

Materials provided: Guess the Breed worksheet

  • Ask your students to circle the primary breed of each of the mixed breed dogs they meet in the integrity video
school program outro video

Value 7: Outro – Graduation Ceremony

Celebrate completing the program by passing out graduation certificates, giving away stuffed toy dogs and encouraging everyone to share the lessons in values with others as well as demonstrate them in their own communities!

Materials provided: Graduation certificates