Every Animal has a Story: WHS Play Teaches Kids to Live Harmoniously with Dogs

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It’s never too early to learn the importance of proper animal introduction, and a new play produced by The Winnipeg Humane Society in partnership with the Pembina Trails School Division does just that.

The cast of Tramper's Story

'Tramper’s Story’ does a great job of teaching young audiences that dogs – no matter how cute and cuddly they are – react to people in different ways, so it’s essential to learn how they communicate.

It’s never too early to learn the importance of proper animal introduction, and a new play produced by The Winnipeg Humane Society in partnership with the Pembina Trails School Division does just that. “Tramper’s Story” is a 30-minute one-act play that teaches the Humane Educational animal welfare curriculum to primary level audiences (grades one to four) in a creative and interactive way.

“This play is unique in that it presents a story about a dog from a dog’s point-of-view. It’s a fun way to teach kids about responsible pet ownership,” said playwright and WHS volunteer Tracey Zacharias. “It’s a high-energy, slapstick play – the sort of stuff kids can’t resist.”

Students from Fort Richmond Collegiate’s Drama Department are starring in the play as an extra-curricular activity. Buhle Mwanza (Tramper the Dog), Galvin Niu (Kriss Kross), Miqueas Linares (Billy the Kid), and Rachel Woelk (Mother) are volunteering their time and talent to rehearsals and performances.

“We’re always looking for new ways to educate kids on just how important it is to properly approach and care for dogs,” said Aileen White, WHS Director of Communications. “’Tramper’s Story’ does a great job of teaching young audiences that dogs – no matter how cute and cuddly they are – react to people in different ways, so it’s essential to learn how they communicate.”

“Tramper’s Story” is made possible with the support of Pembina Trails School Division, both in the development of the play project and by having PTSD elementary schools supporting its touring performances.

Media call:
Members of the media are invited to attend the 1 p.m. performance on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Ryerson School (10 Ryerson Ave).

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About The Winnipeg Humane Society:
The Winnipeg Humane Society is Manitoba’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency. The WHS is more than just pet adoption – the shelter offers education programs for children and adults to encourage responsible pet ownership, and a fully-functional veterinary clinic that performs subsidized spay and neuter surgeries for Winnipeggers on fixed or low-income. For more information, visit winnipeghumanesociety.ca.

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