Humane Education


Our Humane Educator has the ability to meet in person with students or via zoom, google classroom, or whatever platform you may be using.  
We are currently allowing  groups of students (Scouts, church groups) in on Saturday after we close and on Sunday afternoons when we are closed. Appointments can be made by emailing

The Humane Education program at the CNY SPCA is geared for all ages Pre-K – College.  For our younger students, we talk about animal safety and care and what an animal shelter does. For our older students, we also teach animal safety and care, but we also talk about animal abuse, how that relates to bullying, and what they can do to help stop it in your schools.  We are available for church youth groups, scout groups, school assemblies, college stress relief days (we have four small therapy dogs ).  We are happy to visit your school or meeting place, or, if you prefer, we have a large education wing available for your group as well.  Once the presentation finishes, we would love to give your group a tour of the shelter.  For teachers, New York State requires character education for elementary grades, and we are more than happy to fulfill that requirement.   We also offer “Chat With A Cat,” a reading program for children to practice reading to our caged cats.

Our Humane Educator, Dee Schaefer, has eleven years experience and is certified to teach Humane Education through The Academy of Pro-Social Learning. She is a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators, is in the National Humane Educator Registry, and has recently joined the Humane Education Coalition; a worldwide group of Humane Educators who share ideas on teaching and subject matter.    Please e-mail to set up an appointment or find out more about our programs.