People & Animals Learning (PAL)
PAL is a nationally recognized violence prevention program developed by the Wisconsin Humane Society in 1993.
Using reward-based training methods, students work in pairs over a two-week period to train a shelter dog basic cues. By working closely and bonding with shelter animals, PAL participants expand their circles of compassion to include animals and become ambassadors for the Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission.
PAL seeks to increase self-esteem and pro-social skills like empathy and conflict resolution, which research shows decreases a child’s likelihood of becoming involved in violence. PAL also helps the dogs develop skills to prepare them for an adoptive family.
Nominate a Student!
Teachers, social workers, community leaders and other adult mentors (other than the child’s parent or relative) are welcome to nominate students ages 10-13 to participate. Nominations are accepted February through April each year. Please download the Milwaukee Campus packet or Ozaukee Campus packet to nominate a student.
Become a PAL Dog Foster Family!
We are currently seeking foster families to house PAL dogs for each 2-week session. Help provide a loving home environment for these dogs during their participation in this special program. For more information on becoming a foster family, click here.
How You Can Help!
The PAL program is offered free of charge to participants, and door-to-door transportation is provided. For information about how you can support this program, please contact the Development Department at 414-431-6270.