**With the developing news regarding coronavirus COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily suspend all kid’s programming, and our shelter is closed. Please continue to check our website and social media for updates and upcoming programs. Please stay safe. In the meantime, check out some fun activities you can do at home.**
At-Home Service Projects
The Pasadena Humane Society has lots of instructions for homemade animal toys, treats, and more that kids can make for our shelter animals. Although we’re not currently accepting service project drop-offs, you can set a goal for a certain number of crafts to complete during your time at home. To get service hour credit, take a photo of your completed project, email it to email@example.com, write “Service Project Hours” in the subject line, and we’ll send you a service hour acknowledgment form. Then, when our shelter reopens, you can have the satisfaction of donating all of your projects at once! Grab our instructions and get started!
Fun with your pets
There are lots of ways you can have fun with your furry friends without ever leaving the house!
- Read your favorite book aloud to your pet. They’re great listeners!
- Film a short video of your pets learning a new trick or showing off the tricks they already know.
- Take a photo of your pet in their best outfit. Bonus points if you match! *Pets should only wear clothing temporarily, under supervision, and only if they enjoy it.
We’d love to share your photos and videos on our social media! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your content.
Wishlist donation drive
Ask your friends and family to donate to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA through our Amazon wishlist: https://amzn.to/2TT6rbi. We are temporarily unable to accept drop-off donations at the shelter, so a donation from our Amazon wishlist really helps us and our amazing foster volunteers care for the animals. Thank you for your support!
Kids for Animals
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. You can also download a copy of our Kids for Animals handbook (for a printer-friendly version click here) for more great ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of animals! Use the hashtag #PHSKids to share your good work! Questions? Email email@example.com.
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.
Critter Camp is a two-week program for animal lovers 9 to 12 years old. Critter Camps run Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.
Critter Camp: Media Mutts is for the little actors and directors in your life. Children will discuss, write, and develop animal-themed content with a small production team. The goal? To get hands on with animals and create a short film that informs the community about animal behavior, exercise, health, and conservation! Campers will also learn about pet adoption, co-existing with wildlife, and careers with animals. On the last day of camp, parents and family are invited to our film preview party!
Critter Camp: Junior Vets is ideal for kids interested in animal science. Campers will learn basic animal anatomy, behaviors, wellness, and conservation skills while getting hands-on with animals. Campers will also learn about pet adoption, co-existing with wildlife, and careers with animals. At the end of the week, campers will celebrate their completion of camp with a Junior Vet white coat ceremony!
The cost for each camper is $600 and includes a T-shirt, a Kids for Animals Certificate, and all learning materials. See other kids activities at pasadenahumane.org/kids. Download waivers at pasadenahumane.org/kidsforms.
Please note, a full refund will be issued if this program is cancelled due to COVID-19-related health recommendations.
PHS Academy provides participants ages 12 to 14 the opportunity to learn more about the real-life skills required to operate and work in an animal shelter. Each PHS Academy session includes 8 weekly meetings with lectures, hands-on labs, and projects, participants will gain a better understanding of shelter work and the animal welfare field. Participants will be able to help in the kennels, interview staff, tour pet medical clinic, assist with tours, and learn about animal behavior and care all while earning volunteer hours. PHS Academy promotes compassion and care for all animals, while encouraging tolerance, confidence, and adaptability among participants.
Registration is $240 for the entire session and includes a T-shirt, ID badge, materials, and a Kids for Animals Certificate. Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Manual before you register.
**Spring PHS Academy has been postponed. Please check back for updates. All registrants will be refunded.
The Kids for Animals (KFA) Club offers kids ages 7 to 11 a unique after-school opportunity to experience the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA shelter. Each KFA Club session includes eight 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 offsite PHS events and other kid-related activities.
Registration is $240 for the entire session and includes a T-shirt, ID badge, crafting materials, and a Kids for Animals Certificate. Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Manual before you register.
**Spring KFA Club has been postponed. Please check back for updates. All registrants will be refunded.
Parent & Me: Pet Playtime
Welcome to Parent & Me: Pet Playtime at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. This interactive experience is designed for young children ages 3 to 5 and their parents to learn more about animals in a safe environment. Each four-week session includes stories, songs, art, and small shelter animal interaction geared toward the PHS mission of compassion and care for all animals. Parent & Me: Pet Playtime is a great way to introduce your child to appropriate pet care and handling.
Registration is $100 for the entire four-week session. Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Manual before you register.
**April Parent & Me has been cancelled. Please check back for upcoming sessions. All registrants will be refunded.
This program offers scouts the opportunity to earn a Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) patch by participating in education, enrichment and service. During this 90-minute program, scouts will learn about animal body language as well as safe and respectful ways to interact with animals. Scouts will then go on a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about pet care and how PHS cares for the thousands of domestic and wild animals that come through its doors each year. Scouts will end their program by making a craft for the shelter animals they connected with while at the shelter.
Scout Sunday is geared towards scouts ages 5 to 11 (Daisies, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts & Cub Scouts). Each date can accommodate one scout group of up to 15 scouts with 2 adult chaperons.
**Scout Sunday has been temporarily suspended. Please check back for updates.
Is your child ready to become an Animal Adventurer? These workshops offer kids ages 8 to 12 the unique opportunity to learn real-life skills in the fields of dog, cat, or critter care. During this 90-minute workshop, kids will learn about the many jobs involved in running a shelter including animal behavior, husbandry, enrichment, and medical care. This workshop includes presentations by the Pasadena Humane Society’s expert staff and a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter! Become an Animal Adventurer to learn about careers in animal care. Each session costs $30 per child and is held in the PHS Classroom.
**Spring Animal Adventurers programming has been postponed. Please check back for updates. All registrants will be refunded.
Barks & Books
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read with our volunteer companion animal teams to boost confidence and learn about 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 a variety of libraries in our service cities. No reservation necessary, but please contact the library for details. View the calendar to see where we will be next in your community.
**Barks & Books visits have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for updates.
Book a Tour or Presentation
Age-appropriate tours and presentations are available to students, scouts and other community groups. Presentations can be held onsite at PHS or at any facility within our service areas of Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. You can choose from a variety of subjects including bite prevention, pet behavior, wildlife and animal-related issues. Tours are conducted onsite at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Request a tour or presentation.
**Tours and presentations have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for updates.