SPCA Humane Education

The SPCA Humane Education program, established in 1883, offers a variety of programs and services encouraging children and adults to develop and express attitudes of compassion, kindness and respect for all living things while helping to build a safer, more compassionate community. Department staff members and volunteers teach participants that each of us plays a vital role in making the earth a better place to live while expressing the interdependence between humans and nature.

If you believe in the important message of humane education and are interested in sponsoring or supporting one of the programs described below, please call SPCA Director of Humane Education Pamela Hylinger: 716-629-3530: 

The Humane Education Department is currently seeking volunteers to assist with: 

-Once Upon A Time Pre-school Story & Craft Hour Learn more abour our story hour here!  If you are interested in volunteering for preschool story hour, call Mary Jo Sicurella at 629-3538.

-Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC) Learn more about TLC here!  If you are interested in volunteering for TLC, call Mary Jo Sicurella at 629-3538.

Select the desired link or scroll down to read more & download information about:

-Baby-Ready-Pets! Workshops

-New!  2014 Contest Released!
014 Humane Poster and Creative Writing Contest


-Kids' Fundraising Manual

-Kids' Newsletter

-ONCE UPON A TIME Pre-School Story & Craft Hour

Weather cancellation update: There will be no Pre-School Story and Craft Hour Tuesday, January 28th. A make-up date is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th.

-PACK:  People and Animals Connected Through Kindness
  -PACK Manual
  -PACK Journal
  -PACK Projects/Ideas


-Presentations:  Community Groups, In-School


-Service Learning Opportunities

-Shelter Tours



-Encouraging Kind Kids Literacy Program (EKK)

-Teaching Love and Compassion:  The TLC Program


Our community outreach programs are designed for individuals, groups, organizations, and schools to learn more about the SPCA.


Baby-Ready-Pets! Workshops
Baby-Ready-Pets! is a class for expectant and new parents to learn how to prepare their pets for a new addition in the household. Preparing a pet for a new baby or child is helpful in attaining harmony for both two and four-legged family members.

Classes are offered at five convienent locations:

  • SPCA, 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150
  • Eastern Hills Mall Adoption Site, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221 Saturday classes offered!
  • Baby Sweet Beginnings, 231 Aurora Street, Lancaster, NY 14086
  • The Care Connection, 3991 Harlem Road, Amherst, NY 14226
  • New!  Adoption Star, 131 John Muir Drive, Amherst, NY 14228

Please view our flier here for more information!

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 2014 Humane Poster and Creative Writing Contest
Details here!

All students in grades first through eighth in schools, after-school programs, faith-based education, and boy and girl scouts in Erie County, NY are encouraged participate in the contest.  Administrators and educators in Erie County can also participate in our Humane Educator of the Year and Ambassador of Kindness Award contests. 


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Kids' Fundraising Manual
Do you know some kids that love animals and would love to help the SPCA?  Learn how anyone of any age can fundraise for the animals by clicking the headline link above!

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Kids'  Newsletter
Kids’ View is designed for educators and adults to explore with students. This can be a helpful resource for school, camps, clubs and groups.

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***The Humane Education Department is currently seeking volunteers for our story hour.  If you are interested, please call Mary Jo Sicurella, at (716) 629-3538.

Pre-School Story & Craft Hour
Children ages 2-5 and their caretakers are invited to the SPCA for this hour-long program.  Classes are held at the SPCA shelter and Buffalo and Erie County Libraries. Learn more here!

For more information, contact Mary Jo Sicurella at the SPCA: 629-3538!  Remember, admission is free, reservations are required, and a parent or guardian must stay on-site with the child, who should be 2 - 5 years old. You wouldn't want to leave anyway...the classes are a lot of fun!

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PACK:  People and Animals Connected through Kindness

This resource guide will give teen’s ideas, tips and tools that can be used to start an animal club within their school, after-school program or camp.

-PACK Manual
-PACK Journal
-PACK Projects/Ideas

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Presentations: Community & In-School 
Click on the headline above to download presentation information!
Contact the SPCA Humane Education Department to arrange for a representative of the shelter to visit your organization, community group or school to give a presentation about the SPCA, or choose from a selection of a variety of topics.  Presentations can be designed to meet your groups’ needs.  For more information about presentations, click here!

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Service Learning Opportunities
Many groups want to help the SPCA and our animals through service learning projects. From holding a “Penny for Pets” change drive to collecting items from our Wish List, groups can help our animals through their own acts of kindness, generosity, and hard work. Schools, scout leaders, and agencies can collaborate with the SPCA to create service learning projects for their students and/or groups. These activities and projects are designed to meet specific needs, personal objectives, and goals specific to the subject or group.

For more information on service learning collaborations, please contact the Humane Education Department: 716-629-3530 or 716-629-3538.

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Shelter Tours
The SPCA Serving Erie County offers tours of our shelter to all interested groups.  Tours can be adjusted to meet your groups’ needs, for more information click here!

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The SPCA's Humane Education Department is partnered with many schools in Erie County. Learn more about our programs below.


Through EKK, the SPCA partners with several Buffalo Public Schools and seeks to instill in children a love of reading and a sense of compassion towards animals. Learn more here!

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Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)

***The Humane Education Department is currently seeking volunteers for the TLC program.  If you are interested, please call Mary Jo Sicurella, at (716) 629-3538.

TLC is a program in which students from BPS #39 MLK Multicultural School come to the SPCA for character building and violence prevention lessons and activities.  Students also learn how to train shelter animals using clicker training and positive reinforcement methods.

Learn more about the TLC Program here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41A8fETDCj0

We're proud of our 2011-2012 TLC graduates!  Watch our graduation videos here:

-Session 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxZH8jT3Sl4&feature=share&list=UUY5FD9SFCdokwda3O9h6zhA

-Session 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8g1gdz0K2g&feature=share&list=UUY5FD9SFCdokwda3O9h6zhA

-Session 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dMAP__a4t0&feature=share&list=UUY5FD9SFCdokwda3O9h6zhA

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   TLC is proudly sponsored in part by:
Uniland Development Company is a proud sponsor of the SPCA!