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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.

NEW: Virtual Field Trips and Tours

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.


Camps

SUMMER CAMP 2021 INFORMATION:
Summer Camp 2021 is filled!
Information on Camp-At-Home packets will be coming soon; please check back!


Tale for Two

Tale for Two is  a “reading-to-animals” program for children ages five through 16, encouraging them to read aloud to adoptable shelter animals at the SPCA! 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.

Both in-person and virtual reading options are available at this time!  Coming soon: details on the Tale for Two Summer Reading Challenge June 28 – September 1, 2021!

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 christined@yourspca.org.


SPCA-To-Go Backpacks

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.

-Virtual Tours
-Field Trips
-Presentations
-Other school programs

For information on the above, please contact SPCA Humane Educator Katherine at
(716) 875-7360, ext. 234, or HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.


SPCA Kind Kids Club

For kids ages 6 – 14 who love animals and want to create a better, more compassionate future for humans AND animals!

Kids will learn about proper animal care, safe handling, respect for wild and domesticated animals, and more, all while learning about kindness, compassion, and empathy for all living creatures!

Cost: $25 per child
More information on the Kind Kids Club can be found here >>


 

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 katherineg@yourspca.org.

Brownie Patch Program
Daisy Patch Program
Junior Patch Program

Cub Scout Program


Other Ways to Help Animals at the SPCA

Form your own animal club.
Complete service learning projects.
Fundraising 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

CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DURING PANDEMIC. CALL SPCA HUMANE EDUCATOR KATHERINE FOR VIRTUAL OPTIONS:
(716) 875-7360, EXT. 234.

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 Amy at the SPCA, 716-875-7360, ext. 224.


Community Presentations

CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DURING PANDEMIC. CALL SPCA HUMANE EDUCATOR KATHERINE FOR VIRTUAL OPTIONS:
(716) 875-7360, EXT. 234.

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 different 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 Amy at the SPCA, 716-875-7360, ext. 224.

Information on school group presentations can be found below under the heading “School Programs and Presentations.”


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