Education and Tours

NCAL believes that by teaching people compassion and empathy for all living things we can prevent the needless suffering and abuse of animals for generations to come. At NCAL, we offer innovative ways for children and young adults to become involved with animal welfare by giving them the chance to learn about and interact one-on-one with our animals.

Visits to the shelter by schools and youth groups provide an excellent opportunity to educate young people about the importance of rescue, adoption, and spay/neuter. We also provide shelter tours for those who are interested in learning more about NCAL and seeing what goes on behind the scenes. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our education programs or to arrange a tour.

School Visits

At NCAL, we offer to bring humane education right into the schools as a way to get children and young adults involved with animal welfare. If your classroom or school is interested in learning more about animal welfare, would like to set up a presentation, or partner on a project, please call us at (802) 888-5065 x 106 or email

Reading Buddies

NCAL Reading Buddies program encourages and works with children to shy shelter dogs or cats as a way of helping to socialize and ready them for forever homes. This in turn helps to build confidence and instill a greater sense of empathy in children.

Children ages 6-15 may participate in NCAL’s Reading Buddies program, along with their parents/guardians. An initial orientation will be required to teach animal behavior and positive reinforcement techniques, with monthly gathering following. Upon orientation, “Reading Buddies” can then visit NCAL with an adult, select books from the shelter’s library, choose a mat and read aloud to participating dogs and cats. To learn more about NCAL’s Reading Buddies program, contact us at (802) 888-5065 x 106 or email

Shelter Tours

NCAL invites groups to come to the shelter to learn about animal care and to see how NCAL cares for and finds homes for our orphaned animals. If you are a youth group leader and are interested in bringing your group to NCAL to learn more about what goes on behind-the-scenes, we invite you to call us at (802) 888-5065, or email


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