Teaching children to be animal advocates empowers them to be good citizens. The SPCA of Westchester believes that one of the most effective ways to fight animal cruelty and neglect is education. Our Humane Education Program staff and volunteers provide area schools with educational presentations as well as shelter tours. In addition, our shelter participates in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Taskforce for Humane Education.
In 2016, this special program reached more than 1,500 children. 67 youth groups, such as scout and brownie troops, visited the shelter in addition to our Humane Education Coordinator visiting 32 schools. Every year the shelter hosts an annual Camp Critter in the summer for children ages six through twelve. Participants have fun while interacting with animals, learning about sheltering, animal care, animal cruelty, and how they can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.
If you are interested in having us visit your school or visiting the shelter, please email Alice@spca914.org or call (914) 941-2896 ext. 28.