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The Maryland SPCA Education and Outreach program is an initiative to promote community giving and education in animal welfare. Our Community Outreach and Education programs are an important component of our mission. From the beginning, our outreach initiatives have been inspired by staff and volunteer desires to help people and pets in need and to motivate community interest in compassion for animals. There are many ways to participate. The MD SPCA's educational outreach initiatives offer the opportunity to provide students (regional K–12 schools) and scouts a one-on-one experience with our staff and even our outreach doggie ambassadors.

Ways that you and your group/organization can participate include, but are not limited to:

Facility Tours - Have your group tour our facilities personally guided by a Maryland SPCA representative. Learn about our day-to-day operations and view our Morton Gorn Center for Animal Adoption. We welcome one-on-one tours, parties, scout troops, class visits, work groups and many more.

Educational Presentations - Our Education & Outreach team is happy to present at your location. Maryland SPCA can present on a variety of animal welfare topics tailored to your specific audience. Our staff can also be accompanied by our current outreach doggie ambassador, Lucy, should that be an option for your audience.

Reading Program - The MD SPCA’s Pet Pals Reading Program for kids ages 6-12 years old runs weekly from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays during the school year. The Summer Reading Program starts on June 19 and runs on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of August 2019. To sign up, click on the link below.

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The Maryland SPCA is committed to giving back to the community by sponsoring these presentations and community service efforts. For all questions and scheduling inquiries, please fill out our online form or contact Katie Flory at [email protected] or by phone: (410) 235-8826 ext 137.

Request for Humane Education Form

Humane education volunteer opportunities:

Kids’ Reading & Shelter Tours - Enjoy working with kids? Have experience as an educator? Become a humane education volunteer!

We are currently recruiting humane education volunteers who can be available on Wednesdays and/or Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the regular academic school year.

As a humane education volunteer, you can play a crucial role in teaching students from local communities how to treat companion animals with compassion and respect. With the support of our Community Relations Department, humane education volunteers work directly with students, facilitating tours, answering questions, and supporting students as they read to our shelter animals.

If you are interested in becoming a humane education volunteer, please submit an application by clicking the link below. Once we receive and review your application, a member of the volunteer department will contact you to discuss the next steps in the volunteer process.

Humane Education Application