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.

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 $20 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

  • September 16 (Ages 8-12): The Power of One! How Can I Help Shelter Animals?
  • Is your child looking to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals? Now’s the chance! Children will tour the shelter and learn about different ways to help. From starting a donation drive and making pet toys and blankets to fostering a pet or creating a team for the shelter’s Wiggle Waggle Walk, we’ll give your child the tools to make a difference. Children will create a kit to launch the charitable project of their choice.

  • October 28 (Ages 8-12): Feathered Friends
  • Get to know the feathered friends in your neighborhood! Our wildlife expert will teach your child about domestic and wild birds. Children will learn what to do if they find a baby bird and will examine baby bird nests. Your child will make a make a bird nest for the baby birds cared for by our wildlife department.

  • November 25 (Ages 8-12): Shelter Scavenger Hunt
  • Join us for an exciting adventure with the PHS Shelter Scavenger Hunt. Your child will tour the PHS Campus and learn about pet care basics (listen for clues!). Then it’s off the dog kennels, Neely Cat Cater and Animal Care Campus for a fun scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded to all children.

  • December 16 (Ages 8-12): It’s Cold Outside
  • What do animals do when it’s cold outside? Some migrate, others hibernate, while our house pets stay warm inside the comfort of our homes. Your child will learn how different animals cope with winter weather. Children will visit our turtle pond where they will see how we help cold-blooded creatures stay warm even when it’s chilly. The children will make and take home an outdoor feeding wreath for local wildlife.

Critter Camp

Registration is now open for our 2017 Critter Camps! 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.

Activities include:

  • Group Dog Walks
  • Cat Playtime
  • Bunny runs
  • Urban Wildlife Scavenger Hunt
  • Craft Activities


Our Critter Camps run Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. The cost for each camper is $250 and includes a t-shirt, a Community Service Certificate for 30 hours, and an enrichment project for our shelter animals. Aftercare is available from 3pm to 5pm for an additional $100.

Register now:

  • Summer Critter Camp has ended. Please check back for upcoming dates.

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.