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 under 18 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.

Registration for Fall 2019 Kids for Animals Club sessions will begin in late July. Please check back with us then!

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 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.

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!

  • June 15 (Ages 8-12): Crafting for Paw-thers Day
  • You’re invited to spend the afternoon crafting a gift for dad, grandpa, uncle or special person in your life!

    In this workshop, kids will make an animal-themed gift for their special person and have the chance to socialize with some of our adoptable animals!

    Join us at the Pasadena Humane Society for a fun-filled Paw-thers Day crafting workshop.

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 Week 1, 2, 5 & 6: 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 completion of camp with a Junior Vet white coat ceremony!
Sign up for Critter Camp Week 1: Junior Vets from June 24 – June 28 here.
Sign up for Critter Camp Week 2: Junior Vets from July 8 – July 12 here.
Sign up for Critter Camp Week 5: Junior Vets from July 29 – August 2 here.
Sign up for Critter Camp Week 6: Junior Vets from August 5 – August 9 here.

Critter Camps Week 3: 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!
Sign up for Critter Camp Week 3: Media Mutts from July 15 – July 19 here.

Critter Camps Week 4: Animals in the Arts
Campers will create beautiful animal artwork with watercolors, pastels, clay and more, ending the session with our Animal in the Arts art show.
Sign up for Critter Camp Week 4: Animals in the Arts from July 22 – July 26 here.

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 21 libraries in our service cities. No reservation necessary. 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.