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Heidi P. Colonna

Heidi P. Colonna, a certified humane education specialist, is a writer based in Western Massachusetts. She is a former manager of education and training projects at The Humane Society of the United States.

Content by Heidi P. Colonna

  • Magazine Article

    Shaping kinder kids, Part II: Captivated audience

    Susan Kosko reads with her students and a special classroom guest.

    Teacher creates bookworms with dolphins and dogs

    As animal welfare leaders continue to push the sheltering and rescue field into the future, finding new strategies to tackle the roots of animal homelessness and cruelty, it pays to keep in mind that kindness has roots as well.

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  • Magazine Article

    Shaping kinder kids, Part IV: Life lessons

    A lifelong animal lover, Virginia Hamilton has never been shy about promoting compassionate ideals to her K-6 students.

    Students help train adoptable dogs and gain valuable life lessons

    As animal welfare leaders continue to push the sheltering and rescue field into the future, finding new strategies to tackle the roots of animal homelessness and cruelty, it pays to keep in mind that kindness has roots as well.

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  • Magazine Article

    Women’s movement

    Caroline Earle White (front row, left) poses with other founding members of the Women’s Humane Society (WHS) in 1913. WHS continues its tradition of female leadership today.

    Philadelphia shelter blazed trails with all-female leadership

    Nearly 50 years before some women were granted the right to vote, 30 women spearheaded the Women’s Branch of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals—and 150 years later, women still drive the animal welfare field.

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  • Magazine Article

    Happy campers

    Shelter dog Pike was a big hit with kids at the Berkshire Humane Society’s summer Camp Humane program.

    Humane summer camps staffed by qualified counselors create enriching experiences

    For many kids, summer vacation means camp, and your organization can take part in the festivities while fostering humane attitudes toward animals. Hosting a summer camp at your shelter can bring you new supporters, spark children’s passion for animals and generate revenue. There’s a lot involved, though, and one of the most important steps is hiring the right people. Learn the ropes, and your shelter camp will be the highlight of kids’ “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” essays.

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