EDUCATION

Humane Education at the Spartanburg Humane Society

Educating our community about homeless animals, solutions to pet overpopulation, compassionate and responsible pet care is an important part of our core mission at the Spartanburg Humane Society.

We know that no one is ever too young or too old to learn or to explore their love for animals.  Our Humane Education Department offers opportunities for all ages.

Programs are held at the Humane Society, in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and outdoors at events and festivals throughout the County.

Many groups or classes like to incorporate a service learning project and do an in-kind donation drive where they collect food or other items for the animals in our care. You can visit our wish list page for the items we currently need. Please remember that we are a non-profit organization funded by donations from those in our community.  All program donations allow us to continue educating the community about companion animals and allow us to care for the animals that need us.

Please take a moment to learn more about our programs!

4-H Pet Pals

The Spartanburg Humane Society and Clemson Cooperative Extension have teamed up to offer 4-H Pet Pals Clubs for young pet lovers in fifth grade.  Pet Pals meet once a month throughout the school year to learn all about pet care, from safe handling to how to plan for a new pet.

Innovative Classroom Programs for K - 12

If you are an educator interested in inviting the Spartanburg Humane Society into your classroom, be sure to review our lineup of exciting and engaging classroom programs. Each program is correlated to SC learning standards to help make your job easier!  Read more information about our classroom programs below.

Summer Camps for Kids in Grades 3 - 10

Camp Love-A-Pet is a popular summer day camp held at the Spartanburg Humane Society for children entering grades 3-10.

One week camps for grades 5-7, and grades 8-10, are held from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

A shorter Mini Camp is designed for younger pet lovers in grades 3 – 4.  These sessions are held from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, also for a week. Read more about our Summer Camps below.

Tour the Spartanburg Humane Society

Because we strive to ensure that every tour of our shelter is educational and meaningful for visitors, appointments are necessary. Groups are encouraged to collect donations for us prior to their visit.  Most kids are very proud of all the supplies, newspapers and towels that they have collected and thrilled to have a chance to present their haul to the shelter personally.  We want to be able to show our appreciation and have the kids make the connection that what they’ve collected will really help!  We have a wish list on the website or you can call for specific items that could be collected on our behalf. Scroll down to find out more. 

To reach the Humane Education department call 864-583-4805, ext. 113 or e-mail us your question.

Classroom Programs

The overall mission of the Spartanburg Humane Society is to provide quality care and find homes for lost and unwanted animals while educating the public about responsible pet care.

The Spartanburg Humane Society’s full-service Education Department was designed to utilize the state standards of the South Carolina Education Department by using animals as a catalyst to encourage learning, teach respect, and broaden each participant’s sense of compassion. At the Spartanburg Humane Society, we are dedicated to providing young children and youth with tools and strategies for becoming responsible pet owners while simultaneously developing strong character skills.

The program list includes a set of standards that are addressed in the program. If you have any questions about any of our programs please contact our education department at education@spartanburghumane.org 

Take a moment to preview our program offerings to see how they can work with your classroom and your students.  We thank you for sharing our program with other educators you know.

Attention Community Groups!

We welcome the opportunity to present our programs to community groups, clubs, and libraries.  Educational tours of the Spartanburg Humane Society can also be scheduled for up to 15 visitors at a time.  Contact our Humane Education Department to schedule a visit.

To contact the Humane Education department about any of our classroom programs, call 864-583-4805, ext. 113 or e-mail us your question.

To register for any of our programs and  classes click the button below.

Tour the Spartanburg Humane Society

Educational tours are available by appointment.  Guided tours of our adoption facility provide a wonderful, interactive way to learn more about the Humane Society, why animals are here, and how we care for them.   If time allows, we like to include a hands-on project, such as making cat or dog toys, stuffing treat Kongs or preparing donated newspapers for the small animal kennels.

Tours for youth and adult groups may be scheduled, based on facility availability, during the hours of 11:00AM. to 5:00PM Monday through Friday and some Saturdays.  All age groups are welcome.

Tour groups are limited to a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 15 (including chaperones). Groups larger than 15 individuals will need to schedule separate tours. To help ensure a quality learning environment, we ask that there is 1 adult chaperone per 5 children under the age of 18.

The fee for a tour is $50.00 (cash, check, or credit card) or an estimated donation value of $50.00 in goods (food, paper products, clinic supplies, toys, cleaning supplies, etc.) This fee allows us to reserve the activity room and ensure the staffing required for your visit is available during your reserved time.

To reach the Humane Education Department call 864-583-4805, ext. 113 or e-mail us your question.

Take a guided tour.

Educational tours are available by appointment.  Guided tours of our adoption facility provide a wonderful, interactive way to learn more about the Humane Society, why animals are here, and how we care for them.   If time allows, we like to include a hands-on project, such as making cat or dog toys, stuffing treat Kongs or preparing donated newspapers for the small animal kennels.
Tours for youth and adult groups may be scheduled, based on facility availability, during the hours of 11:00AM. to 5:00PM Monday through Friday and some Saturdays.  All age groups are welcome.

Tour groups are limited to a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 15 (including chaperones). Groups larger than 15 individuals will need to schedule separate tours. To help ensure a quality learning environment, we ask that there is 1 adult chaperone per 5 children under the age of 18.

The fee for a tour is $50.00 (cash, check, or credit card) or an estimated donation value of $50.00 in goods (food, paper products, clinic supplies, toys, cleaning supplies, etc.) This fee allows us to reserve the activity room and ensure the staffing required for your visit is available during your reserved time.

To reach the Humane Education Department call 864-583-4805, ext. 113 or e-mail us your question.

Don't wait! Get a leg up on Summer Classes.

Register Below for Summer Fun and Learning at Spartanburg Humane Society.

See below for Summer Fun and Learning Programs at Spartanburg Humane Society

See below for summer fun and learning programs at Spartanburg Humane Society

Summer Fun & Learning

Camp Love-A-Pet Camp Love-A-Pet is a day camp for children who love animals. Different sessions are designed for specific age groups.  The program, which is held at the Spartanburg Humane Society, teaches campers about basic dog obedience, responsible pet care, and issues impacting animal welfare.

Each day, campers work in teams to train a shelter dog. Other activities include guest speakers, arts and crafts, journal writing, field trips, and other creative games and programs.

2017 session dates are here! We have dates in June, July, and August. Come be a part of a fun week of education and loving on our animals.

One Week Sessions!

Camp Love-A-Pet is a one-week day camp for children entering grades 5-10. It is held from 8:00AM12:00PM Monday – Friday. Some days are slightly longer depending on field trips.

The program, which is held at Spartanburg Humane Society, teaches campers about basic dog obedience, responsible pet care, and issues impacting animal welfare.

Each day, campers work in teams to train a shelter dog. Other activities include guest speakers, arts and crafts, field trips, and other creative games and programs.

Tuition is $180.00. This includes their field trip fee for campers to participate in an equine adventure.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

Mini Camp Session

Mini Camp is a shorter week-long session for younger pet lovers. Mini Camp is held from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Sessions are for children entering grades 3 and 4. Young campers are introduced to basic training techniques and enrichment projects used at Spartanburg Humane Society to keep the animals in our care comfortable. Whether campers are learning how to socialize a puppy, or clicker training cats, they will be enhancing their inherent love of animals.

Tuition is $75.00 and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

See below for summer fun and learning programs at Spartanburg Humane Society

See below for summer fun and learning programs at Spartanburg Humane Society

Summer Fun & Learning

Camp Love-A-Pet
Camp Love-A-Pet is a day camp for children who love animals. Different sessions are designed for specific age groups.  The program, which is held at the Spartanburg Humane Society, teaches campers about basic dog obedience, responsible pet care, and issues impacting animal welfare.

Each day, campers work in teams to train a shelter dog. Other activities include guest speakers, arts and crafts, journal writing, field trips, and other creative games and programs.

2017 session dates are here! We have dates in June, July, and August. Come be a part of a fun week of education and loving on our animals.

One Week Sessions!

Camp Love-A-Pet is a one-week day camp for children entering grades 5-10. It is held from 8:00AM12:00PM Monday – Friday. Some days are slightly longer depending on field trips.

The program, which is held at Spartanburg Humane Society, teaches campers about basic dog obedience, responsible pet care, and issues impacting animal welfare.

Each day, campers work in teams to train a shelter dog. Other activities include guest speakers, arts and crafts, field trips, and other creative games and programs.

Tuition is $180.00. This includes their field trip fee for campers to participate in an equine adventure.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

Mini Camp Session

Mini Camp is a shorter week-long session for younger pet lovers. Mini Camp is held from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Sessions are for children entering grades 3 and 4. Young campers are introduced to basic training techniques and enrichment projects used at Spartanburg Humane Society to keep the animals in our care comfortable. Whether campers are learning how to socialize a puppy, or clicker training cats, they will be enhancing their inherent love of animals.

Tuition is $75.00 and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

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