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People & Animals Learning (PAL)
PAL is a nationally recognized empathy-building program developed by the Wisconsin Humane Society in 1993. Teachers and social workers nominate underserved Milwaukee area youth ages 10-13 to participate in this summer program. Under the supervision of WHS experts, each child works in a team to train a shelter dog to become a well-mannered companion for an adopting family. They also learn to care for injured and orphaned birds in our wildlife nursery. PAL helps children gain experience in responsibility, teamwork and caring for others by working with animals. Being a “PAL” kid can help children develop self-esteem, feel the joy of achievement, learn to nurture, cooperate and socialize - all of which contribute to building empathy. Please call (414) 431-6159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the PAL Program.
If you know a child who would benefit from the Wisconsin Humane Society’s PAL program, please print out the application and have a teacher, social worker or other educator in the child’s life fill out the application. Send it to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Attn: PAL Program, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208 or fax it to 414-431-6200.