The SPCA’s Humane Education Department, established in 1883, offers programs and services encouraging children and adults to develop and express attitudes of empathy, kindness and respect for all living things while helping to build a safer, more compassionate community. Humane educators and volunteers teach more than 8,500 participants annually. Our goal is to help make our community kinder while empowering our community to see the significant relationship between humans, animals and nature.

If you would like to learn more about the SPCA’s Humane Education programs or would like to volunteer, please call Christine Davis, Director of Humane Education at (716) 875-7360, ext. 262.

Summer Camp

Is your child an animal lover? Does your child dream of becoming a veterinarian? Does your child love learning about animals? Our camp is the perfect summer destination for campers ages 6 through 16! We offer a whole lineup of animal camps for students who are interested in learning about animals and animal careers. Campers will learn through engaging interactive activities and hands-on animal interactions while having fun and making new friends!

Learn more here!

Presentations: Community and In-School

All of our humane education presentations are designed to be interactive, engaging, and fun! Click to learn more about our children’s presentations or our adult presentations or call Andrea, (716) 875-7360, ext.234.

Tours of the SPCA's West Seneca Shelter

This is a valuable learning experience for any group! Learn insights into the daily operations of the SPCA while meeting some of our adoptable animals! Click here to learn more.

Girl Scout Badge Opportunities

The SPCA’s Girl Scout Patch Program consists of different levels. At each level, girls do a variety of age-appropriate activities that teach them about being responsible animal advocates. All activities are done during troop meetings or at home. The last activity the troop will do is visit the SPCA for a tour. To schedule a tour, or if you’d like further information, the troop leader may call Danielle at (716) 875-7360, ext. 245.

Daisy Activity Worksheets | Brownie Activity Worksheets | Junior Activity Worksheets

Humane Poster & Creative Writing Contest

The SPCA’s Humane Education Department is looking for first- through eighth-grade students to participate in our 2018 Humane Poster and Creative Writing Contest. Every school, home school, faith-based school, and Boy/Girl Scout troop in Erie County are encouraged to participate. By participating, you can help us celebrate and promote our goal of animal advocacy and caregiving. Participants will have the chance to win prizes for demonstrating their talents and creativity to help us build a more humane and kinder community.

Click here for the 2018 Humane Poster and Creative Writing Contest Brochure.

To learn more about this contest, contact Danielle at

School Programs

Partnering with Buffalo Public Schools (BPS), humane educators work with approximately 1,370 students for our EKK and TLC Programs. If you believe in the important message of humane education and are interested in sponsoring or supporting one of these programs, please call Christine Davis, Director of Humane Education (716) 875-7360, ext. 262.

Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)

TLC students from three partnering Buffalo Public Schools participate in this violence prevention program. Exploring innovative humane education lessons, TLC students positively impact the lives of shelter dogs as well as their own through their amazing accomplishments and growth.

Encouraging Kind Kids (EKK)

Developed by our SPCA, the EKK program empowers students in partnering Buffalo Public Schools to examine critical humane education components through literature and engaging activities. Students explore and actively work towards making our community a kinder place for all.

Ways to Help the SPCA

The SPCA relies on the generous support of our community. We receive lots of inquires about how troops, schools, groups, individuals, or agencies can help the SPCA. Forming your own animal club, completing service learning projects, or fundraising are all some ways that you can help.

Service Learning Opportunities

A service learning project is any activity in which someone helps the SPCA. Since the SPCA is a non-profit organization, we rely entirely on donations to help the animals in need. Service learning projects can benefit your group by promoting citizenship, encouragig responsibility, and enabling its’ member to work towards making a positive difference in our community. There are as many ways to help, as there are people to help! We’d be happy to make suggestions to help you decide how you’d like to assist the animals and offer some suggestions for projects.

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