Call for Photos – Due March 8, 2020
Photos of people and animals tell such great stories. The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society invites you to share your photos of the connection between children and their pets. Selected photos will be included in the Ontario SPCA AnimalSmart™ program and will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 $100 VISA gift cards.
AnimalSmart™ is powerful educational resource focused on building empathy, responsibility, respect and connection in children. The Junior program, presently in development, will weave Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning into the lesson plans. So that all students see themselves represented in the lessons, we invite you to share photos that show the bond between First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous children and their pets.
It is our hope that this program will help promote better understanding and representation of Indigenous peoples in Ontario classrooms and beyond. We hope you’ll be a part of it.
Photo Submission Details
AnimalSmart Photo Submission Details – PFD version
What is this for?
The Ontario SPCA has developed a free, online educational resource called AnimalSmart™ that educators can use to foster empathy and promote a sense of responsibility in children, as well as inspire respect for and a connection with animals and the environment.
Beginning with the Junior program (in development; grades 4-6) each edition will weave Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning into the lesson plans. Being a part of this program will help promote better understanding and representation of Indigenous peoples in Ontario classrooms and beyond.
To get a sense of how the photos may be incorporated into the manual please download a copy of the first edition, the Primary Program (grades 1-3). Sign up to receive a PDF version.
What kind of photos are we looking for?
So that all students see themselves represented in the lessons, we are looking for photos that show the bond between First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous children and their pets. Friends, family and others may also be present in the photos.
We would be honoured to receive photos of Elders and/or Knowledge Keepers with animals as well. AnimalSmart™ encourages the development of relationships with Elders and Knowledge Keepers to deepen student learning and understanding.
Photos can be serious or fun, moving or still, close-up or at a bit of a distance. They can be children playing with their pets, providing care and affection, or just hanging out – whatever captures the relationship between children and their pets.
Who can submit?
We welcome photos from anyone interested in contributing to the program. Whether you’re an emerging photographer or someone with a love for taking pictures we invite you to submit your photos. You will be credited for your work.
What is needed?
- Signed consent form for every person in the photo. A parent or legal guardian must sign the consent form on behalf of minors. Multiple children can be included on one form if they share the same parent or legal guardian. Please reach out with any questions you may have. (Contact details below.)
- Photos must be clear and high-resolution (SLR and high quality iPhone photos – jpg, gif, png or psd)
- You must be the owner of the photo
Selected photos will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 $100 VISA gift cards.
Senior Director, Affiliate & Community Outreach
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
Phone: 905-898-7122 or 1-888-668-7722, ext. 302
Submit your photos
AnimalSmart™ (*New website coming soon…)
By utilizing the bond between animals and children, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is dedicated to providing leading-edge education involving our environment, the animal kingdom, community and social justices to empower youth to become a more informed, respectful & compassionate generation.
Education is one of the key ways that we can prevent cruelty. It helps ensure that all animals receive the respect that they deserve and allows them to be a positive and helpful addition to our lives, families and communities.
Our dynamic educational AnimalSmart™ series has been designed by a dedicated working group to utilize inquiry-led, play-based learning that addresses a variety of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum expectations. The lesson plans encourage participation and critical thinking by combining experiential education and key messages to teach participants how to live compassionately.
The AnimalSmart™ lesson plans will stimulate lively discussion and debate, provoke thoughtful questions and concerns as well as spark lots of laughter and maybe even a few tears. They will challenge students to step outside of themselves and see their world through different eyes as they consider the needs and welfare of animals.
The Ontario SPCA would like to thank the working group including Katrina Bies, teacher candidate; Kayla Doucette, teacher candidate; Rachel Greenstein, teacher candidate; Hannah Houston, teacher candidate; and Jillian Gear, teacher candidate. Finally, the Ontario SPCA wishes to acknowledge the extensive writing, revising and editing by Dr. Kristen Ferguson (Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University), as contributing editor.