Humane 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 SHS.

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 are currently in need of. 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.

Please take a moment to learn more about our programs!

Innovative Classroom Programs for K - 12

If you are an educator interested in inviting the SHS 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!  Learn more.

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.  Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more. 

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