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HALT Project

HALT Project

A unique part of the shelter's education portfolio is the HALT Project (Humans and Animals Learning Together), an animal assisted therapy programme delivered five times a year for ‘at risk’ youth in Gloucestershire. It allows young people, many of whom have been excluded from school, to come to the Shelter for a four week course designed to foster compassion, respect and responsibility. During the course attendees are paired up with homeless dogs which they must care for and train; this not only helps the students but also benefits the shelter by having dogs that are ultimately more re-homable as they understand basic commands. Graduates of this programme have in many instances gone back into mainstream education and we are proud to lead the UK in this exciting initiative.

Pupils at The Ridge have had the opportunity to work with animals at the Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association centre in Cheltenham. They spent two weeks working with one specific animal and at the end they wrote their own presentation about their time on the HALT Project and have received some lovely certificates from the animal welfare centre commemorating their work. These were presented at the Friday Assembly.

Click here to see some photos of our pupils looking after all sorts of animals, training them, cleaning out their living quarters and more!

Click here to see more information about the HALT Project.