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



We made the difficult decision to cancel camps at our facility this summer, but we are very excited to offer your children and families three exciting new ways to learn with us!

** KindnessCampCONNECT is a virtual shelter classroom with live lessons, take-home activities, backpacks, and more! Find all the details HERE >>

** Camp-To-Go activity and craft backpacks will have three themes from which to choose;

** On-Demand Storytime Access, with animals and hands-on pet craft ideas & activities!

Check back soon for more details!

Haven’t you heard? Education is better with animals!

Children can spend their breaks with us! When we are not in our COVID Response phase, our SPCA camps offer the perfect destination for campers ages 6 through 14!

We offer a whole lineup of animal camps throughout the year 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!

During the summer of 2020, we will not have on-site camps and are instead offering virtual camps (please see above), but we hope to bring on-site camps back to our shelter in the future!

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.

Community Presentations

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:

Field Trips to the SPCA
After-School Program Presentations
Early Childhood Presentations
Encouraging Kind Kids (EKK)
Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)

Humane Poster & Creative Writing Contest

Information on our REVISED 2020 contest is here >>

Submissions and nomination letters must be received by the SPCA no later than
August 31, 2020! And now submissions can be made DIGITALLY!

To learn more about this contest, contact Christine at or 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

Tale for Two

TALE FOR TWO ’19-’20 Season information, registration >>

Tale for Two is  a “reading-to-animals” program for children ages 6 through 15, 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.

Learn more about the 2019-2020 school year Tale for Two program and how to register children here >>

Read the Tale for Two Orientation

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. Due to overwhelming interest in this program, your call may not be immediately returned! For faster service, please email Thank you!

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

Brownie Patch Program
Daisy Patch Program
Junior Patch Program

Cub Scout Program

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.

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