Humane Education

Our mission is to:

  • Educate the community about care and compassion for all animals
  • Develop on and off-site programs that promote empathy, provide practical information, and strengthen human-animal relationships.
  • Plant the seeds for a future that is a better, more humane place for all animals.


What We Do

Age-appropriate presentations are available to schools, scout/youth groups and adults. Presentations can be at any facility within our service area of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena, including at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. You can choose from a variety of subjects such as bite prevention, pet manners, how animals learn, working with animals, and animal issues in our for classroom presentations. Request a presentation.

Junior Ambassador Summer Internship

Do you love animals and are between the ages of 15 and 17? This is a unique opportunity to work with dogs and learn about animal behavior and training. Interns will apply what they learn at the shelter by providing humane education and outreach to young people in the community. The program runs from June 15 through July 28. The program is full for 2016. Stay tuned for Summer 2017.

Summer Camp

The PHS Summer Camp is a week-long program, perfect for young animal lovers between the ages of 12 and 15 to experience working with shelter animals.The 2016 summer camp is full, but will return in 2017. Check back next year for the application.

Companion Animal Program

Barks & Books

Our reading enrichment program for children ages 5 to 12 makes reading fun, boosts confidence and encourages respectful, humane treatment for all animals. Not only does this make reading fun, it also builds a child’s confidence in reading aloud.

Barks and Books is currently available at 18 libraries in our service cities. No reservation necessary. View the calendar to see where we will be next in your community.

Pet-Assisted Therapy

Our well-trained Pet Assisted Therapy volunteers visit hospitals, assisted living facilities, and residential schools for at-risk youth along with their dog or cat. These visits have a positive impact on emotional and physical health.

To learn more about participating as a volunteer in one of our companion animal programs contact Humane Education Coordinator Kim Tripp at 626.792.7151 ext. 114 or at

Humane Ed Volunteer Opportunities

Humane Education oversees a number of other volunteer programs at PHS. Our Docents provide assistance to visitors in the kennels on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. PHS Ambassadors educate the public on PHS history, services and our programs to help end pet-overpopulation. And, our Junior Ambassadors are high school students who give presentations to city sponsored day camps, youth organizations, religious institutions and summer schools. To attend an upcoming volunteer information session, visit our volunteer opportunities calendar.

Scout & Youth Projects

The Pasadena Humane Society has a special youth project program to enable children to help our animals. Students are invited to make simple toys and treats for shelter animals. Grab our instructions and get started!

Speaker Series

Throughout the year, lectures are offered on a variety of topics from pet CPR to caring for your cat. Our Humane Education Speaker series is listed on the PHS calendar.

Questions? You can reach our Humane Education Manager, Adrian Griffin at 626.792.7151 ext. 124 or at