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Anderson Animal Shelter near St. Charles hosts Youth Humane Ed program

Humane treatment of farm animals included in shelter's summer program

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – This summer will mark the first year that Anderson Animal Shelter will include educational sessions about humane treatment of farm animals as part of its Youth Humane Education program, according to a news release.

Led by the local farm animal welfare nonprofit, Crate Free Illinois, the sessions will be part of the shelter’s summer Critter Camp for children ages 6 through 10.

In addition to learning about responsible pet ownership and the welfare of companion animals, children will also learn why we need to have compassion for animals that are raised for food, the release stated.

In each one hour, child-friendly presentation, Crate Free Illinois volunteers Lisa Schmalz, a high school teacher, and David Ouellette, a college professor, demonstrate how pigs, chickens, and calves can be humanely and naturally raised by local farmers, the release stated.

"Our Critter Camp program is our most popular education program for children at our shelter and has been in existence for over 30 years,” Humane Education Manager Carrie Frost stated in the release. “We are thrilled to work with Crate Free Illinois to help children learn about ways they can help create a humane world for animals."

In Illinois, we have comprehensive laws to protect dogs and cats, but animals raised for food are frequently exploited and have few laws to protect them, Crate Free Illinois founder Jessica Chipkin stated in the release.

“We’re extremely grateful for this opportunity to work with Anderson Animal Shelter and help kids understand that, in the end, there’s really no difference between cruelty inflicted on a dog, cat, parakeet, horse, chicken, cow or pig,” Chipkin stated in the release.

Critter Camp is a week-long summer camp program for animal-loving kids that includes educational sessions, arts and crafts, games and hands-on time with shelter animals.

Weekly sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 11 through July 20 and cost $250 per week.

Crate Free Illinois’ one-hour sessions will be held at 10 a.m. June 13, June 20 and July 18 and at noon on June 29 and July 13 at the shelter, 1000 S. La Fox Road, St. Charles Township near South Elgin.
Both organizations are tax deductible charities. Anderson Animal Shelter shelters and promotes the adoption of homeless, stray and unwanted companion animals.

More information is available by visiting, email or call 847-697-2880.

Crate Free Illinois works to educate consumers about extreme confinement of animals on industrialized farms while it supports local sustainable farmers. It also advocates for legislation to ban gestation crates for sows, battery cages for hens and veal crates in Illinois.

More information is available by visiting

The Humane Society of the United States also opposes extreme confinement and cruel treatment farm animals, according to its website,

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