Since most animal welfare organizations (rightfully) take their charge to serve and protect animals at-risk with the utmost seriousness, many have long subscribed to the belief that a
rigorous adoption screening process is key to living up that obligation. However, research over the last decade or so has challenged more than a few of the assumptions we make about how to
best match people and pets – and how to save as many lives as possible. We’ll look at some of the most powerfully debunked myths, explore the foundational role of compassion in
animal welfare, and spend some time considering the evolving role of a modern-day humane society.
We hope you join us on Thursday, February 23rd at the Hilton Burlington from 6-8PM.
Helyn Kerr Humane Education Series
Humane Society of Chittenden County’s former Board Chair and advocate, Helyn Kerr, passed away in August, 2016. She was a powerful force in promoting the humane treatment of
animals. She served on our volunteer Board from 2006 – 2014, serving as Chair from 2012-2014. She and her husband David have a two beautiful rescued HSCC alums Jackson and
After some thoughtful reflection, we have formalized the decision to rename “Best Friends University” to the “Helyn Kerr Humane Education Series”. The series logo was designed from a photo of Jackson and Carly taken by Kelly Schulze of Mountain Dog Photography.
Helyn’s life and worked epitomized all that HSCC”s humane educations series attempts to bring to others.
The Helyn Kerr Humane Education Series offers free seminars on various humane education topics that are geared towards anyone interested in knowing more about their companion animals. Past seminars have focused on how dogs think and perceive the world, the latest in feline nutrition, our work in humane investigations, Vermont's animal cruelty laws, first aid for pets, and much more!
We are honored to have the Hilton Burlington as an in-kind sponsor of space for this series. All future seminars will be held at the Hilton Burlington on Battery Street in downtown Burlington.
Adoption Center Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
*We will be closed on Wednesday, February 15th for a day of staff development*
While we do our best to accommodate our visitors, please note that visits with animals are limited 30 minutes before closing.
* We are closed Sunday and Monday
February 11, 2017