Pet Education Programs

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The Veterinary Public Health (VPH) division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) provides free education and outreach services to the residents of unincorporated Harris County.

If you are interested in scheduling one of our education programs, please call the Harris County Animal Shelter at 281.999.3191 and ask for the Education Section, or click on the email link provided..  For more details,  each education program we offer is listed below.  

For more information on pet care and safety, refer to our Pet Resources page.

Educational Programs

Corporate Safety

This free 45-minute presentation is especially important to people withing professions involving a high risk of injury from domestic animals such as meter readers, cable installers, or postal carriers.  Formatted to fit within a standard corporate safety meeting, we use interactive discussion and visual aids to clarify safe behaviors when dealing with animals in the field.  

Request more information about Corporate Safety presentations

Elementary Education

Free animal safety and bite prevention presentations are offered for kids in grades K-5 which consists of a lecture, audio/visual and interactive segments.  The objective is for students to:

  • Identify the five high-risk, wild animal carriers of rabies
  • Know the common method of rabies transmission
  • Demonstrate safety behaviors used  to defend against an animal attack   

Request more information about Animal Safety and Bite Prevention presentations

Law Enforcement Education

If you are a member of the law enforcement community within Harris County, on-site educational programs are offered specifically with you in mind.  For information on available law enforcement programs, click on the email below. Also, refer to our Law Enforcement Resources page.

Request more information about Law Enforcement presentations

Shelter Tours

Tours of the HCPH Animal Shelter are available by appointment only. You get to interact with the dogs and cats within our facility. They can be scheduled seven days a week and may include up to 30 people. Information includes:

  • Animal safety
  • Pet care
  • Adopting a furry friend
  • Volunteering

Request more information about Shelter Tours

For additional information on pet topics, please visit our Pet Resources page.

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