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.

Teen Club

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. Sign up for an upcoming KFA Teen Club orientation.

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 $25 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!

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Upcoming Programs

  • March 24 (Ages 8-12): Animals and Art History
  • Let your child explore their inner Picasso at our Animals & Art History workshop. First, we’ll look at animals in famous works of art and talk about the meaning and symbolism of particular animals. Children will discover how art gives us clues about the importance of animals in the lives of our ancestors. The kids will get a chance to meet a few pets as an inspiration for their own animal painting, which they will complete at the end of the workshop.

  • April 28 (Ages 8-12): Making a Difference for Homeless Pets
  • Shelters around the country are faced with a real problem, a lot of homeless animals in need of help. In this month’s workshop, kids will learn how they can make a difference during Kitten Season, a time of year when shelters are full of young kittens. Your child will visit with adoptable kittens and speak with an adoptions counselor about what we can do to help pets get adopted. Children will make kitten toys for the kittens and cats at the shelter in foster care to provide them with toys to play with as they grow big and strong. This Animal Adventurers workshop is for kids 8 to 12 years old.

  • May 26 (Ages 8-12): Feline Fun: Cats 101
  • It’s all about cats! While visiting the Neely Cat Center, your child will spend some time learning about basic cat care while hanging out with the kitties in our communal cat rooms. Our feline behaviorist will answer questions about cat behavior and our foster coordinator will talk about fostering kittens. The children will make a cat toy which they can give to the shelter kitties or take home to their own cat.

  • June 23 (Ages 8-12): Animal Super Senses
  • Did you know that a dog’s sense of smell is at least 1,000 times better than a humans? In this hands-on workshop, your child will learn how different species of animals developed super senses to help them survive in the wild. Children will compare their own sensory functions to those of dogs, cats and rabbits at the shelter. Kids will assemble beds for the shelter cats.

  • July 28 (Ages 8-12): Critter Crazy
  • From snakes to lizards, our experts at the Pasadena Humane Society will take the kids through the Critter House followed by a Q&A session about common reptile pets and their care. Your child will meet a bearded dragon who participates in our pet-assisted therapy program. The kids will assemble a 3D reptile puzzle.

  • August 25 (Ages 8-12): Wild, Domestic and Companion Animals
  • The animal kingdom is incredibly diverse. In this workshop, your child will learn the difference between wild, domestic and companion animals. A member of our wildlife staff with take the kids behind the scenes in the shelter’s wildlife rehabilitation center. Children will construct a nest for young, fledgling birds.

  • September 22 (Ages 8-12): How Do Pets Communicate?
  • In this workshop, your child will learn how to read animal cues like barking, growling, purring and swishing tails. Children will gain a better understanding of how animals using their bodies to show when they are happy, playful, relaxed, or fearful. Our behavior staff will give live demos with dogs and cats. Kids will make Kong enrichment toys for the shelter dogs.

  • October 27 (Ages 8-12): Halloween Animals: Cats, Bats and Rats
  • Boo! This Halloween, we will explore ‘spooky’ animals commonly associated with the holiday. After learning Halloween pet safety tips, children will visit the Neely Cat Center to spend some time with a friendly black cat or two. Animal-themed Halloween decorations will be assembled to take home.

  • November 24 (Ages 8-12): 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.

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.

Activities include:

  • Hands-on animal activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Fun and games
  • Humane Education

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Our Critter Camps run Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. The cost for each camper is $300 and includes a t-shirt, a Community Service Certificate for 30 hours, and an enrichment project for our shelter animals.

Summer Camp 2018 Dates:

  • June 25-29
  • July 2-6 (No camp July 4)
  • July 9-13
  • July 16-20
  • July 23-27
  • July 30-August 3
    Scholarships are limited, not guaranteed, and granted on a case by case basis. Click here to fill out the Critter Camp Financial Aid 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.