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 kids@pasadenahumane.org.

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.

PHS Academy

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 Community Service Certificate. Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Manual before you register.

Register here for the Spring PHS Academy, which meets on Tuesdays, April 7 through May 26, from 4pm to 6pm. If you need financial assistance, please request a scholarship application at kids@pasadenahumane.org. Scholarships are given on a first come, first serve basis.

KFA Club

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 Community Service Certificate. Be sure to read the Kids for Animals Manual before you register.

Register here for the Spring KFA Club, which begins Monday, April 6, 4pm to 6pm. If you need financial assistance, please request a scholarship application at kids@pasadenahumane.org. Scholarships are given on a first come, first serve basis.

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.

Register here for the April Parent & Me: Pet Playtime which begins Monday, April 6, 10am to 10:45 am.

Scout Sunday

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.

April & May Registration Now Open:

April 19: Click here to register
April 26: Click here to register
May 17: Click here to register
May 31: Click here to register

Animal Adventurers

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.

Register here for the Animal Adventurers Workshop: Do You Want to be a Veterinarian? on Sunday, March 15.
Register here for the Animal Adventurers Workshop: Careers in Dog Care on Sunday, March 29.
Register here for the Animal Adventurers Workshop: Careers in Cat Care on Sunday, April 5.

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.

At-Home Service Projects

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

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.