We offer a number of interesting, educational and fun opportunities for kids to interact with animals and learn about life at an animal shelter! From exciting afternoon programs where kids get to experience animal care and handling firsthand to craft projects to support the animals at the shelter, there’s something for every child.

Kids for Animals Pledge

I pledge to:

1Work hard and give time to help animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

2Be respectful and kind to all animals.

3Share my experiences about PHS with others.

4Complete at least one service project a year.

Kids for Animals

Are you a young animal lover? The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has many ways for kids and teenagers 18 and under to get involved with animals.

The Kids for Animals handbook provides great ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of animals. Volunteer at PHS, complete a service project, organize a donation drive or make toys for shelter animals, and you’re automatically a Kid for Animals!

Download your own copy of Kids for Animals handbook (for a printer-friendly version click here) and get started today! Use the hashtag #PHSKids to share your good work!

Questions? Email kids@pasadenahumane.org.

Kids Clubs

The Kids for Animals (KFA) Club offers kids a unique afterschool opportunity to experience the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA shelter. Each Kids for Animals Club session includes weekly meetings that incorporate an engaging humane education topic and craft or game activity geared towards animals. KFA Club Members may also participate in special on- and off-site PHS events and other kid-related activities.

Now enrolling for the Spring 2019 session:

  • Kids 7 to 11: Meet every Thursday from 4/4 to 6/13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Register now.
  • Kids 12 to 14: Meet every Wednesday from 4/3 to 6/12, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Register now.

Registration is $180 for the entire session and includes a T-shirt, ID badge, crafting materials and a Community Service Certificate.

Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Club Manual before you register.

If you need financial assistance, please fill out a Scholarship Application.

Teen Club

**We’re temporarily not accepting new Teen Club applicants. Check back for an update on June 1st.**
Are you 15-17-years-old and want to help animals? Join the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Kids for Animals (KFA) Teen Club! In addition to being able to help at special events, explore humane education topics, and contribute to the community, you can work alongside trained staff and volunteers in our dog, cat, and rabbit enrichment programs.

Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Club Manual before you register.

Animal Adventurers

Is your child ready to become an Animal Adventurer? We offer monthly programs for children to learn about animals in a fun and safe environment. Each session costs $30 per child and is held from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the PHS Classroom. Learn more about each month’s topic below!


Upcoming Programs

  • April 27 (Ages 8-12): Do You Want to Be a Veterinarian?
  • Does your child love creatures great and small? Kids 8 to 12 years old are invited to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for a hands-on introduction to working as a veterinarian or vet tech.

    In this workshop, kids will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter clinic and observe a routine animal health check by a registered veterinary technician. Children will learn how to detect pet health emergencies and get to ask questions to Veterinary Staff!

  • May 25 (Ages 8-12): Paint and Pet
  • Get creative and join our Paint and Pet workshop!

    We’ll make it a tail-wagging time with a shelter tour, meet-and-greets with some of our shelter residents, and the opportunity to paint a custom animal portrait. All skill levels are welcome!

    Join us at the Pasadena Humane Society for a fun-filled workshop of pets and paints.

  • June 15 (Ages 8-12): Cats & Crafting
  • You’re invited to spend the afternoon crafting and cuddling with our feline residents!

    In this workshop, kids will make personalized cat beds and cat toys to donate to our shelter cats. Kids will also have the chance to socialize with some of our adoptable kitties!

    Join us at the Pasadena Humane Society for a fun-filled workshop of cats and crafting.

Critter Camp

Critter Camp is a week-long program for animal lovers 9 to 12 years old. Campers will get hands-on with animals as they learn about dogs, cats and other critters in our shelter, as well as animal behavior, pet adoption, co-existing with wildlife and careers with animals.

Critter Camps Weeks 1 & 4: Animals in the Arts
Campers will create beautiful animal artwork with watercolors, oil pastels, clay and more, ending the session with our “Animal in the Arts” art show.
Register for Critter Camp Week 1: Animals in the Arts from June 24 – June 28 here.
Register for Critter Camp Week 4: Animals in the Arts from July 22- July 26 here.

Critter Camps Weeks 2 & 5: Junior Vets
Ideal for kids interested in animal science, campers will learn basic animal anatomy, behaviors, wellness and conservation skills. At the end of the week, campers will celebrate their completion of camp with a Junior Vet white coat ceremony!
Register for Critter Camp Week 2: Junior Vets from July 8 – July 12 here.
Register for Critter Camp Week 5: Junior Vets from July 29 – August 2 here.

Critter Camps Weeks 3 & 6: Media Mutts
Working alongside a small production team, the little actors and directors in your life will discuss, write, and develop animal-themed content that informs the community about animal behavior, exercise, health and conservation. On the last day of camp, parents and family are invited to our film preview party!
Register up for Critter Camp Week 3: Media Mutts from July 15 – July 19 here.
Register up for Critter Camp Week 6: Media Mutts from August 5 – August 9 here.

If you need financial assistance, please fill out a Scholarship Application.

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.

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!

Book a Tour or Presentation

Age-appropriate presentations are available to schools, scout/youth groups and adults. Presentations can be at any facility within our service area of Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, 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. Request a presentation.