The SPCA’s Humane Education Department, established in 1883, offers programs and services for children and adults of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Our goal is to help build a kinder community; by incorporating the values of kindness, compassion, responsibility, and empathy into our programs, we inspire individuals to join us in our mission.
If you would like to learn more about the SPCA’s Humane Education programs or would like to volunteer, please contact Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.
Stay up-to-date on children’s programs at the SPCA! Get on our email list and be the first to know about camp registration, Tale for Two openings, and more! Just send your contact information to HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.
Right now, the SPCA Serving Erie County is offering virtual field trips and tours for school classrooms, homeschool groups, after-school programs, scouting groups, camp groups, and more!
A $50.00 tour fee will virtually bring participants to the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter, where everyone will “visit” adoptable animals, Educational Farm permanent and temporary residents, wild animals receiving treatment in the Wildlife Department, enjoy an up-close-and-personal meeting with one of our animal ambassadors, and more!
Virtual tours can be personalized to showcase specific animals or subjects that tie in with classroom lessons and group needs, and can even include a virtual scavenger hunt!
Tours last approximately 30 minutes. For more information on virtual field trips and tours, please contact SPCA Humane Educator Katherine Gillette-Cockerill at KatherineG@yourspca.org, or (716) 875-7360, ext. 234.
SPCA KINDNESS CAMP INFORMATION:
At this time, the SPCA plans on offering Kindness Camp sessions in ’21-’22 in limited capacity. Depending on the status of the pandemic, this plan can change at any time.
Be the first to know about camp dates and learn about early registration before details are released to the general public! Just send an email to HumaneEducation@yourspca.org to get on the list! And remember, space will be extremely limited so don’t wait! Email TODAY!
Tale for Two is a “reading-to-animals” program for children ages six through 16, encouraging them to read aloud to adoptable shelter animals or SPCA Paws for Love therapy pets! Animals will benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children will work on their literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence.Learn more about the 2022-2023 season Tale for Two program right here! Both in-person and virtual reading options are available at this time!
If you are a parent, teacher, or group leader looking for more information on Tale for Two, please contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at 716-875-7360, ext. 262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPCA-To-Go Backpacks let kids ages five through 16 bring the fun of the SPCA home with them in an engaging, screen-free way!
Six different backpacks include a minimum of five activities, art projects and the opportunity to explore. Materials required for all the activities are included in the backpacks, along with an activity guide with step-by-step instructions and ideas for continued exploring once backpack activities are complete.
See backpack themes and get your child’s backpack here >>
Humane Education Programs
Education is an essential part of the SPCA’s mission. The SPCA Serving Erie County is now offering virtual programming, providing interactive, engaging experiences. Programs are tailored to the audience’s age level and interests, and are available to groups of any kind, including schools, clubs, homeschool groups, learning pods, early childhood groups, and community organizations.
-Other school programs
For information on the above, please contact SPCA Humane Educator Katherine at
(716) 875-7360, ext. 234, or HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.
Scout Compassion Program
For Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and older scouts. The SPCA’s Scout Compassion Program consists of different levels. Troops are given the option of coming for a general tour or participating in our patch program. Tours are scheduled on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. All patch program activities are done during troop meetings or at home, and each scout will receive a patch at the end of his or her visit. Girl Scout opportunities are listed below. To learn more about opportunities offered for other scouts, to schedule a tour, or if you’d like further information about our patch program, please contact Katherine at the SPCA: (716) 875-7360, ext. 234 or email@example.com.
Other Ways to Help Animals at the SPCA
Form your own animal club.
Complete service learning projects.
These are all ways children and adults can help the animals at the SPCA Serving Erie County!
The SPCA relies on the generous support of our community. We receive hundreds of inquires annually about how troops, schools, groups, individuals, or agencies can help the SPCA.
If you believe in the important message of humane education and are interested in sponsoring or supporting one of these programs, please call SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at 716-875-7360, ext. 262.
If you or your child are interested in holding a fundraiser to support the SPCA, please find more information and fundraising packets for children and adults here.
Humane Poster & Creative Writing Contest
We’re making changes! This competition, created in 1895 and one of the oldest in Erie County, is being revamped and revised to better suit today’s youth. Look for more information soon!
Tours of the SPCA
Come learn about the SPCA, view our available animals looking for homes, visit our Educational Farm, take a trip down to our Wildlife Center, and witness the SPCA staff and volunteers in action! We are able to accommodate groups of 45 children and/or adults per tour. For more information, please contact Katherine at (716) 875-7360, ext. 234, or HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.
Let the SPCA Serving Erie County come to you! Representatives of the SPCA can visit your business, organization, club, retirement home, etc. to teach participants about animal-related topics. We offer several different presentation lengths and can accommodate groups of all sizes. For more information on the topics we offer, please call Katherine at
(716) 875-7360, ext. 234, or HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.
Information on school group presentations can be found below under the heading “School Programs and Presentations.”