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Education and Tours

NCAL is committed to providing humane education programs in recognition of the fact that a mind we help shape today is one who will help us create a better tomorrow. We believe 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 NCALand 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 email info@ncal.com.



Summer Camps

Calling all young animal advocates and future veterinarians! If you know a child or youth with a love for animals or an interest in animal sciences, NCAL’s summer camps are a wonderful opportunity for them to learn more about the field. The camps are geared to promote a culture of compassion and a sense of stewardship among young participants, giving them the tools they need to support the cause of animal welfare and be an independent voice for animals in need. All our sessions will take place at our shelter location in Morrisville, VT.

Two different types of camps are offered: 1) Humane Heroes Camp 2) Be a Vet Camp, both of which cater to a younger (8-11) and an older (12-15) age group. Upon completion of camp, children take what they learn and model behaviors to their friends and family, thus helping spread our message and creating a more compassionate community.

For more information about NCAL Summer Camps, or to register for a session, click here!


Reading Buddies

NCAL Reading Buddies program was created to help our shelter dogs and cats become more adoptable, while fostering empathy and compassion in children. Reading to the animals helps to bring them comfort, and reduces the anxiety they may experience from being in a shelter environment. Children learn empathy and compassion towards animals while developing their reading skills.

Children interested in becoming a Reading Buddy must and attend a 90-minute Reading Buddies training with an adult. Participants will then be given a schedule of available reading hours and can come read to the animals for as little or as long as they would like during these designated hours. Reading times are available 5 days a week.

Preregistration required for Trainings: Limited space available. For more information about the Reading Buddies program, or to register for an upcoming training session, click here!


Shelter Tours

NCAL invites groups (no less than 5 and no more than 15 visitors per group, ages 5+) to come to the shelter to learn about animal care and to see how NCAL cares for and finds homes for our orphaned animals. We have scheduled timings for tours and while we offer them free of charge, encourage you to make a donation during your visit (either monetary or items from our shelter wish-list). If you are interested in setting up a group visit to NCAL to learn more about our mission and what goes on behind-the-scenes, please email info@ncal.com.