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 make our community kinder, so by incorporating the values of kindness, compassion, responsibility, and empathy into our programs, we can inspire individuals to answer the call to action.
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.
SUMMER, 2020 UPDATE TO CAMP INFORMATION:
We made the difficult decision to cancel camps at our facility this summer, but we are very excited to offer your children and families exciting new ways to learn with us!
** Camp-To-Go activity and craft backpacks have three themes from which to choose!
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 Amy at the SPCA, 716-875-7360, ext. 224.
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.”
School Programs and Presentations
Education is an essential part of the SPCA’s mission. If you are interested in registering for or booking any of the programs listed below, please call Director of Humane Education Christine Davis, 716-875-7360, ext. 262. Click the desired program name to learn more:
Humane Poster & Creative Writing Contest
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! Learn more about the 2020-2021 school year Tale for Two program and how to register children here >>
If you need more information on the program prior to registering a child, please contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at 716-875-7360, ext. 262 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPCA-To-Go Backpacks lets 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 >>
Ways to Help the SPCA
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. Forming your own animal club, completing service learning projects, or fundraising are all some ways that you can help. 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.
Ages 6 – 11 * Friday, December 18, 2020 * 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
SPCA Serving Erie County, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca
Kids will enjoy an evening of crafts, activities, touring the shelter, and more while adults can shop, wrap, bake…or RELAX!
Cost: $30 for the first child, $10 for each additional child.
Space is extremely limited! Register early right here >>
Questions? Contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine at 716-875-7360, ext. 262, or ChristineD@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 >>