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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 Pamela Hylinger, Director of Humane Education at (716) 875-7360, ext. 222.


Community Outreach Programs
Our community outreach programs are designed for groups, organizations, and schools to learn more about the SPCA while exploring components of humane education and animal welfare. 

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 Andrea at (716) 875-7360, ext. 234. 

Daisy Activity Worksheets | Brownie Activity Worksheets | Junior Activity Worksheets

Once Upon a Time Pre-School and Craft Program
Bring SPCA humane educators to your location to teach children about animals in creative ways! Call Andrea at the SPCA, (716) 875-7360, ext. 234 to secure a preschool story and craft hour or to learn up upcoming classes and dates.

Humane Poster & Creative Writing Contest 
Can you believe that April 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the SPCA? Join us in celebrating 150 years of compassion! The SPCA’s Humane Education Department is looking for first- through eighth-grade students to participate in our 2017 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 also 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 2017 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 Pam Hylinger, Director of Humane Education (716) 875-7360, ext. 222.

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.

Learn more about the SPCA’s TLC Program hereWatch the TLC video here.

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.

Learn more about the EKK Program here.

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. 

Kids' Fundraising Manual and Club Information
Children can host their own fundraiser, or join our Celebrations Club!

PACK: People and Animals Connected Through Kindness
PACK Manual (start your own animal club!) | PACK Journal (create your own club activities!) | PACK Projects/Ideas (project ideas for you and your PACK!)