education

Helping our two-legged and four-legged friends learn to be responsible, caring and safe with one another is one of Spokane Humane Society’s core values. Here are some of the ways you can engage in our education programs.

camp barks 'n' rec

Each summer the Spokane Humane Society provides children ages 7–9 the chance to attend Camp Barks ’n’ Rec where campers have the opportunity to learn responsibility and practice compassion for animals. They’ll also get plenty of play and cuddle time with our dogs, cats, and pocket pets!

pawsitive works program

We teamed up with Eagle Peak School to implement the Pawsitive Works program. Twice a year a handful of Spokane Humane Society dogs participate in this five-week program, which is designed to help at-risk youth learn lifelong values of empathy, patience, self-concept, mindfulness, and communication. This interaction also makes the dog more adoptable.

classroom visits

The Spokane Humane Society can provide classroom visits on a variety of shelter and pet related topics, including dog bite prevention presentations that are geared towards teaching young students safety with animals.

visit and tour the shelter

We give tours from groups of kids 5 years and older! These tours include a cat or dog themed activity, as well as a visit to the cat rooms, dog kennel, and small animal room. If the stars align, you may even get to view a surgery in progress at our low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Visitors are encouraged to bring dog and cat treats, and small amounts of leafy lettuce (not iceberg lettuce) for rabbits and other small pets.

Tours are given between 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Weekend tours are available on a limited basis and must be booked well in advance. Tour length is between 45 min – 1 hour, depending on the age of the group. Tour groups must consist of five or more people.