South Shore Disaster
Animal Rescue Team

Community Outreach

One of our most favorite things to do is to bring Ferris and Herbie to after school programs, summer camps and even classrooms to discuss anti-bullying, pet care and training and even to special ed classes where children read to the dogs to help develop their verbal and reading skills. Training a dog empowers children who feel limited because of age, sex, height or ability to do other things.  The truth is, dog training is a great equalizer!!  We are just not sure who enjoys it more, the kids or the dogs.  In the pictures below you will see Team Leader Christopher D'Arpino, Herbie the Love bug and Dr. Sheila Segurson discussing with the kids training and doing an ask the vet segment!! If you are a teacher or community event coordinator please feel free to contact us, we would love to come visit!!


United Animal Nations HEAR Program for Schools!!

UAN's Humane Education Ambassador Reader (HEAR) program helps children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. HEAR volunteers visit elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, animal shelters and other venues to read to children and lead discussions -- helping children develop critical thinking skills and empathy.  

HEAR volunteers and the children they reach share information about animals, reflect on the roles of animals in their communities and determine our responsibilities toward them. 
The HEAR program aligns with academic content standards in the United States and

Research findings on HEAR
The HEAR program promotes empathy by presenting powerful stories, encouraging children to put themselves in the place of animals, and asking questions that promote critical thinking. A 2009 pilot study of the HEAR program conducted by Inverness Research, Inc. suggests that HEAR:

  • Builds self-esteem and motivates students to take an important subject seriously
  • Stimulates additional student-directed learning
  • Builds students’ knowledge and potentially affects their behaviors related to caring for pets
  • Builds students’ empathy and compassion for pets

If you are a teacher or would like to learn more about bringing HEARS to your child's class please contact  To learn more about the HEARS program go to

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