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 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.

Register here for KFA Club for Ages 7-11. Fall session runs every Monday from 4-6pm, September 9-October 28.
Register here for KFA Club for Ages 12-14. Fall session runs every Tuesday from 4-6pm, September 10-October 29.

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.

If you need financial assistance, please request a scholarship application at kids@pasadenahumane.org.

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 5-11 (Daisies, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts & Cub Scouts). Each date can accommodate only one scout group of up to 15 scouts with 2 adult chaperons. Sorry, no exceptions.

Sign up for Scout Sunday on September 8 here.
Sign up for Scout Sunday on September 22 here.

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

  • 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

  • September 1 (Ages 8-12): Wild N Out with Wildlife
  • Is your child fascinated by wild animals found out in nature and even those found in your own backyard? This workshop is perfect for kids who love wildlife and want to learn more about the animals we share our communities with.

    Kids will get to visit our behind the scenes wildlife shack and aviary where we rehabilitate wild animals. They will also get to see how we care for baby animals, like squirrels, birds, and Virginia opossums!

    Join us at the Pasadena Humane Society to learn about wildlife.

  • September 15 (Ages 8-12): Do You Want to Be a Veterinarian?
  • Does your child love all creatures great and small? Sign your child up for a hands-on introduction to working as a veterinarian or vet tech.

    After a tour of the shelter clinic, the kids will observe a routine animal health check by a registered veterinary technician followed by a Q&A. Children will learn to detect pet health emergencies.

    Join us at the Pasadena Humane Society to learn about animal health.

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.

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.

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.